Monday, December 9, 2013

Presenting: Ravioli di Ricotta con Burro Bruno e Salvia

Ravioli di Ricotta con Burro Bruno e Salvia

I might have fibbed a little when I published my #WeekdaySupper dish. I noted that the ingredients used to compose it are ones that should be already on hand. Well, I must admit, I had to purchase the ricotta specifically for the dish. When I went to do so, the smallest container I could find was about 2 cups so I had a lot leftover. I didn't want the extra ricotta to go to waste so I used it for ravioli filling.

The Challenge

Practice my photography and plating.

The Source

I used the pasta dough from page 102 to 104 of Cook Like A Rock Star by Anne Burrell with Suzanne Lenzer; the filling from epicurious and the sauce from page 20 of Fabio's Italian Kitchen by Fabio Viviani with Melanie Rehak.


For the filling:
1 pound fresh ricotta, drained if wet
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest (from about 1/2 a lemon)
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus more for garnish
1 large egg
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the pasta dough:
3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
4 large eggs
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water
kosher salt

For the sauce:
1 stick unsalted butter
12 to 14 sage leaves, chopped plus more for garnish
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Prepare the filling. Combine the first five ingredients in a large bowl, then season with salt and pepper. Cover and set aside in the refrigerator until the pasta dough has been rolled.

2. Prepare the pasta dough. Use the pasta dough ingredients and steps 1 and 2 of my other ravioli dish.

3. Make the ravioli. If you have a ravioli mold, use it according to the manufacturer's instructions. If you don't, follow step 4 in this dish.

4. Cook the dish. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil over high heat. Combine the butter and sage in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Melt the butter and continue to cook until it turns brown and gives off a nutty aroma. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drop the ravioli in the boiling water and once they float to the surface, remove with a slotted spoon and add to the butter sauce until combined. Plate the ravioli in warmed bowls, spoon some sauce over and garnish with grated parmesan.


I've learned through experience that the key to a good brown butter sauce is to season it well. My daughter is rather picky and she even enjoyed it. One other note I'd like to make is that I have been able to resolve my issues with the ravioli mold that I had earlier in the year. I discovered that the pasta dough I used previously was too dry and needed more wet ingredients.


  1. You told a lie... during #WeekdaySupper... shame shame shame. hahaha These look fabulous!

  2. I have never tried making my own ravioli so you are a zillion steps ahead of me! Looks delicious.

  3. I am salivating! I have always been too intimidated to make ravioli! It's always seemed so complicated. I must say I am quite inspired… Thank you!


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