Four Cheese Ravioli with Tomato and Pesto Cream Sauce

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    2 hours 5 min

    A fabulously delicious recipe for homemade ravioli that rivals those at the best restaurants. The sauce uses a few shop-bought ingredients for ease, but you'd never know it when you taste this! Serve for 4 as a main, or serve smaller portions as a starter.


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    Ingredients
    Serves: 4 

    • Ravioli
    • 250g plain flour
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons water
    • Filling
    • 225g ricotta cheese
    • 100g cream cheese, softened
    • 60g grated mozzarella cheese
    • 60g grated provolone cheese
    • 1 egg
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried parsley
    • Pesto Cream Sauce
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 3 tablespoons prepared basil pesto sauce
    • 475ml double cream
    • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
    • 680g jarred tomato pasta sauce
    • Egg Wash
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon water

    Method
    Prep:45min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Extra time:1hr chilling  ›  Ready in:2hr5min 

    1. Mound the flour and salt together on a work surface and form a well. Beat the teaspoon of olive oil, 2 eggs and water in a bowl. Pour half the egg mixture into the well. Begin mixing the egg with the flour with one hand; use your other hand to keep the flour mound steady. Add the remaining egg mixture and knead to form a dough.
    2. Knead the dough until smooth, 8 to 10 minutes; add more flour if the dough is too sticky. Form the dough into a ball and wrap tightly with clingfilm. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
    3. While the dough is resting, prepare the ravioli filling. Combine the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, provolone cheese, egg and parsley and mix well. Set the filling aside.
    4. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the crushed garlic and pesto sauce and cook for one minute. Pour in the double cream, raise the heat to high and bring the sauce to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the Parmesan cheese and stir until the cheese melts. Remove the pan from the heat and keep warm.
    5. Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, warm the tomato pasta sauce over medium-low heat.
    6. Preheat an oven to 190 C / Gas 5. Beat the egg with the tablespoon of water to make the egg wash.
    7. Roll out the ravioli dough into thin sheets no thicker than a penny. To assemble the ravioli, brush the egg wash over a sheet of pasta. Drop the filling mixture on the dough by teaspoonfuls about 2cm or 1 inch apart. Cover the filling with the top sheet of pasta, pressing out the air from around each portion of filling. Press firmly around the filling to seal. Cut into individual ravioli with a knife or pastry cutter. Seal the edges.
    8. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to the boil over high heat. Stir in the ravioli, and return to the boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the ravioli float to the top and the filling is hot, 4 to 8 minutes. Drain well.
    9. Grease a baking tray. Place the cooked ravioli on the tray and bake in the preheated oven until brown, about 4 minutes.
    10. To serve the ravioli, divide them among four warmed serving plates. Drizzle the tomato pasta sauce over the ravioli and then top with the cream sauce.

    Provolone

    Provolone cheese is an Italian cow's milk cheese, available at some larger supermarkets and good delis. In a pinch, try Gruyere or adding more mozzarella.

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    Reviews in English (102)

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    153

    This recipe for ravioli dough is good. The pasta turned out as it should. Unfortunately, do to my novice status with making pasta, the ravioli pieces were way too big. So, tip from me... don't be afraid to cut closee to the filling. This dough doesn't need a lot of seam to hold in the filling. I will definitely try this again, and get it right the next time. Thanks for the recipe and the clear instructions.  -  26 Jun 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    83

    Such a tasty recipe! Made it SO much easier by using wonton wrappers to make my ravioli!!  -  20 Feb 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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    66

    I messed up the pasta badly, (my first time), but with ugly ravioli it still tasted amazing and motivated me to try again. On the next try I cut out circles, pressed two together at the edges around the bottoms, filled them, then sealed around the top. Nephews went nuts for this and it's really fun to make.  -  24 Feb 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)

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