Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce

Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream SauceRavioli is a traditional Italian dish. A ravioli is a form of pasta where different kinds of ingredients can be filled between two pasta sheets and sealed. It is made in square, circle or semicircle shapes. It is cooked in boiling water and then served with tomato based sauce, white sauce or with butter and cheese. The filling in the ravioli can be vegetarian or meat based. The fillings can be made from pumpkin, ricotta, spinach, cheese, zucchini, potato, beef, bacon, pork and others.

The process of making ravioli with sauce involves following steps:

Making ravioli dough

Making the ravioli filling

Making the ravioli sauce

Rolling and shaping the ravioli

Cooking and assembling the ravioli

It is easy to find ready-to-eat ravioli in the supermarkets.

To prepare the ravioli dough, an egg is generally used, however, this recipe does not use an egg.

Making ravioli at home is very easy.

In Gujarat, we make “dal dhokli” which is similar to pasta. Here the big circle is rolled from the dhokli dough and the dhokli is then cut into squares or diamond shape. It is then put into boiling lentil broth and cook till they float on the surface. It is served hot with ghee, oil, or pickle.

I have made the ravioli dough similar to the one we make for dhokli. Since it is spinach ravioli I have kneaded the dough using the spinach puree. Since I wanted to make it healthy I have used whole wheat flour for making the dough. To get the firmness in the ravioli I have added semolina to the dough while kneading.

I have made this recipe many times at my house and all have loved it. So this time when I was making it I thought of putting the recipe on my blog.

Ricotta cheese is not easily available in many places.  When I was in Bharuch, India, we did not get ricotta cheese.  I used freshly grated paneer instead. Homemade fresh paneer gives a very similar texture like ricotta cheese. You can use mozzarella or processed cheese along with fresh herbs such as parsley or coriander.

The ravioli can be made extra and stored in the freezer for a month and can be enjoyed when needed.

My son loves to take them in his lunch box. I store them in the freezer in small containers and use as needed.

I have made tomato cream sauce to serve with the ravioli. It is very quick and easy to make.

Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
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Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce

A homemade and easy to make ravioli where the ravioli dough is prepared using whole wheat flour and spinach. The filling is made from ricotta cheese(or freshly grated paneer) and mozarella cheese alongwith parsley and oregano. The ravioli is prepared by filling the prepared filling and cooked in boiling water. It is then served with the homemade prepared fresh tomato and cream sauce.
Course Global, Main Dish
Cuisine Global, Italian
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 40 ravioli
Calories 60kcal

Ingredients

Spinach Ravioli Dough

  • 1 cup spinach puree
  • 1.5 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1.5 tbsp semolina sooji
  • salt as per taste
  • 1 tbsp oil

Tomato Cream Sauce

  • 4 medium tomato
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tbsp garlic chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree or tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp sugar avoid if using tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 tbsp fresh cream
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or any oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt as per taste

Ricotta cheese Filling

  • 350 g ricotta cheese Or you can use the fresh grated paneer or homemade paneer.
  • 70 g mozarella cheese shredded
  • 1 tbsp parsley dried
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder freshly grounded
  • salt as per taste

Boiling ravioli

  • 3 l water
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp oil

Assembling Ravioli

  • 1 tbsp olive oil or oil of your choice
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chili flakes or more as per your choice
  • 1 tbsp fresh cream
  • salt as per taste
  • basil leaves for garnishing
  • oregano for garnishing
  • red chili flakes for garnishing
  • 1 tbsp ricotta cheese filling for garnishing

Instructions

Spinach Ravioli Dough

  • In a mixing bowl add whole wheat flour, semolina, oil and salt.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Add spinach puree to it . (for making spinach puree, wash thoroughly and blanch the spinach leaves for 2-3 minutes in boiling water alongwith salt and a pich or turmeric. Drain and add cold water on the spinach leaves. Leave aside to cool and then blend into smooth paste.)
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Knead into a smooth dough and keep aside covered.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce

Tomato Cream Sauce

  • Criss Cross the tomatoes from bottom and put them in boiling water for 5 minutes or till the skin becomes loose.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Remove from water and let it cool.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Remove the skin.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Puree it in the blender.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • In a pan, heat oil and add chopped garlic to it. Saute it well.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Now add the chopped onions or pureed onions. Cook till the onions are translucent.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Add the tomato puree and boil and cook till the sauce thickens.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • The sauce is thickened and moisture evaporated.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Add sugar, salt, tomato puree (or tomato Ketchup- Avoid sugar), oregano and water and let the mixture boil.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Now add cream and mix well. The tomato cream sauce is ready.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Keep the prepared sauce aside and use as needed.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce

Ricotta Cheese filling

  • In a bowl add ricotta cheese (or fresh grated paneer), grated mozarella cheese.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Add parsley, salt and black pepper powder.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Mix well. The filling is ready.

Making Ravioli

  • Smoothen the kneaded ravioli dough. Make equal balls from it. Flatten it and dust it with flour.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Roll it into a big thin circle. Cut it into small rounds with a round cutter.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Take out the cirlces. Fill a tsp of filling into half of the circles.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Apply water on the edges. Cover them with the other circles. Press and seal the edges by pressing fork.
  • The ravioilis are ready.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Boil the water in a big pot. Add salt and oil into it.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Now put prepared ravioli one by one and let them boil for 6-7 minutes.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • When they are cooked they will float on the surface.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Remove with a slotted spoon in a dish.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce

Assembling the ravioli

  • In a pan heat oil and the prepared sauce.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Add oregano and chili flakes to it.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • Add cream and mix well.
  • Plate it in a serving dish. Put three ravioli over it. Pour a tbsp of sauce over each ravioli. Garnish with fresh basil leaves, the prepared ricotta cheese filling, oregano and chili flakes.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce
  • The spinach and ricotta ravioli in tomato cream sauce is ready to serve. Enjoy it hot.
    Spinach Ricotta Ravioli In Tomato Cream Sauce

Nutrition

Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 850IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 0.9mg

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