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How To Make Homemade Spinach Ravioli
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In this recipe, Chef Toby shows you how to make homemade spinach ravioli. From start to finish, it all begins with fresh homemade pasta for the raviolis, followed by a savory spinach filing, and then into the water to cook.
For The Dough:
- 2 cups of cut spinach (defrosted)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
For The Filling:
- Mix all the dough ingredients for about 4 mins on the standing mixer with the paddle or 8 minutes by hand. Once the dough is chunky, form a large ball and let it rest for 30 mins. covered in plastic wrap.
- In the meantime, prepare the filling. Defrost a bag of frozen spinach and strain excess water. Add 1/2 cup of crema Mexicana (or sour cream), 1 cup of parmesan cheese, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. Mix well.
- After the dough has rested, divide the dough ball into 6 portions. With a rolling pin flatten one portion into a long rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Then pass the dough through the machine at the lowest number (normally 2). Pass through the machine again. Now increase the tightness of the rolls by 2 and pass the dough twice again through it. Increase the tightness of the rolls once more and pass the dough once through it. Finally, increase the tightness of the rolls once more (almost as tight as it goes) and pass the dough once through it again.
- Lay the dough flat and do this again with the next portion until all six are done.
- Scoop once tablespoon of filling about 2 inches apart, wet the area around the filling with water, and cover it with another layer of dough. Press with your fingers to remove excess air and press tight. Cut out the ravioli with a ravioli maker or a cookie cutter. (Another ravioli forming method is to place the filling towards the bottom of the dough sheet and fold the dough over. Then cut with a cookie cutter forming half circles.)
- Cook raviolis in boiling water for about 3-4 minutes or until they float to the top of the pot. Enjoy with more parmesan cheese or your favorite marinara sauce!
Spinach Ravioli Nutritional Highlights
(The Stuff That Fuels Your Body!)
- Eggs are a great source of protein, healthy fats, and Vitamin D, which boost immune health and build strong bones.
- Spinach is loaded with tons of healthy vitamins and minerals like vitamins C, A, and K. It is also high in iron, which helps with the flow of oxygen throughout the body.
- While it's commonly consumed in small quantities, nutmeg is a source of minerals like copper, potassium, iron, calcium, and manganese. These are essential for different functions around the body, such as regulating blood pressure and transporting oxygen.
- Since Mexican Cream is consumed in small servings, it can easily be a part of a healthy diet. This dairy product contains small amounts of protein and fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, which help support a variety of different functions throughout the body.
- Like most cheeses, Parmesan is high in protein, which helps our bodies build muscle. It's also high in Vitamin A and Calcium, which helps build strong bones.
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