Ravioli Verdi With Butter, Parmesan and Pepper
For these stunning green-on-green ravioli, stuff a verdant, spinach-packed dough (a modification covered in this basic fresh pasta recipe) with a sweet chard and onion filling. Shaping the ravioli will take some time, so solicit help from friends and family and form an assembly line to speed up the process. Then, set the table and make sure everyone is ready to eat before you drop the pasta in the pot and start the sauce. Toss the just-cooked ravioli with the creamy butter sauce and serve piping hot so everyone can enjoy the pasta at its peak. This recipe also makes more than you might need, so freeze the leftovers before dressing them in the sauce for a mighty meal in the days and weeks to come. (And check out Cooking's How to Make Pasta guide for more tips and video.)
- Serves: 4 persons
- 2bunches Swiss chard
- 3tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1medium yellow onion, diced finely
- ½cup whole milk ricotta
- ½cup finely grated Parmesan (1 ounce)
- ⅛teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- Fine sea salt or kosher salt, preferably Diamond Crystal
- Basic fresh pasta dough, green variation, cut into sheets (see recipe)
- 8tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1-tablespoon sized pieces
- ¼cup finely grated Parmesan
- Freshly ground black pepper
Step 1Make the filling: Strip leaves away from chard, and dice the stems into 1/2-inch pieces. Set a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 3 tablespoons olive oil. When oil shimmers, add the onion, diced chard stems, and a pinch of salt. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, for 12 to 14 minutes, until onions are tender and lightly golden.
Step 2In the meantime, slice the chard leaves into 1-inch pieces. When the onions are tender, add the chard leaves to the onions, and cook, using tongs to turn the chard until it wilts. Season with salt. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 9 to 10 minutes, until the chard is tender and sweet. Remove pan from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
Step 3Scrape chard into the bowl of a food processor, and add ricotta, Parmesan and nutmeg. Pulse to combine, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula, until the chard is evenly, finely chopped. Taste and adjust salt as needed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Step 4Make the pasta: Set a large pot filled with 5 quarts of water over high heat, cover, and bring to a boil. Add 6 tablespoons fine sea salt or 1/2 cup Diamond Crystal kosher salt.
Step 5Place a sheet of pasta on your workspace and dust off any excess flour. Fold the sheet in half lengthwise to create a crease and unfold. Spoon tablespoonfuls of filling horizontally along the center of the pasta sheet, about an inch and a half apart.
Step 6Using a spray bottle or damp pastry brush, very lightly moisten the entire strip. Lift the top edge of the pasta sheet and fold it down to meet the bottom edge, letting it drape loosely over the filling.
Step 7Starting on one end, squeeze out air bubbles by pressing the dough around the filling with dry fingers (but don’t press on the filling itself). Work toward other end. Press on the edges to seal completely.
Step 8Using a fluted pasta cutter or a knife, trim the unfolded edges of the pasta, then cut between the mounds of filling to form the ravioli.
Step 9Toss lightly with semolina flour, then lay out in a single layer on the second prepared baking sheet. Cover with a piece of parchment paper.
Step 10Drop 32 ravioli into water and stir, keeping an eye on them. They should cook in about 3 to 4 minutes.
Step 11Make the sauce while the pasta cooks: Set a large frying pan with curved edges over medium-high heat and add 3 tablespoons pasta water. (The starch in the pasta water helps this emulsion stay together.)
Step 12Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and add butter a piece or two at a time while continuously swirling the pan.
Step 13Keep swirling the pan until the butter melts and the sauce begins to thicken. Remove from heat and add Parmesan, black pepper, and salt. Swirl to combine, then taste and adjust salt as needed.