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Independence Day Special – Spinach Ravioli

Bonjour Amis,

How is the summer coming along ? Are you enjoying the coolers are the refreshers. Talking about it, I am planning to post the recipe of a cooler very soon. I am still looking for its unique recipe to post along. However, this recipe I am posting today is a special one for yes a much awaited one. I was actually planning to create this for a very long time now, and here I am with an easy and simple recipe of Ravioli.

Ravioli are a type of pasta comprising a filling enveloped in thin pasta dough. Usually served in broth or with a sauce, they originated as a traditional food in Italian Cuisine. Ravioli are commonly square, though other forms are also used, including circular and semi-circular.

You can add any filling of your choice like spinach, broccoli, cauliflower,peas or even any choice of your meat. I made a healthier version by adding spinach and cottage cheese filling. Tried making it more gourmet by adding sauces like Red sauce and White sauce. Spinach is rich in vitamin A, C and K, magnesium, iron and manganese. Eating this leafy green veggie may benefit eye health, reduce oxidative stress and reduce blood pressure levels among other health functions. Whether you like it or not, spinach is surely one veggie that you must include in your daily diet.

So, without much ado, lets get started !!

Preparation Time : 30 minutes, Cooking Time : 60 minutes, Calories : 90 calories/slice.

Ingredients :

For the Ravioli :

  1. All Purpose Flour – 450 gms
  2. Semolina – 50 gms
  3. Salt – As per taste
  4. Oil – 2 tablespoons
  5. Garlic – 2 pods
  6. Spinach – 2 bunches
  7. Cottage cheese – 200 gms
  8. Oregano – 1 tablespoon
  9. Chilli Flakes – 1 tablespoon
  10. Black Pepper Powder – 1 tablespoon
  11. Grated Cheese – 1 cup ( Parmesan/Mozzarella/Cheddar)

For the Red Sauce :

  1. Oil – 2 tablespoons
  2. Garlic – 3 pods chopped
  3. Tomato Puree – 4 tomatoes
  4. Bell peppers – 1 large chopped
  5. Salt – As per taste
  6. Oregano – 1 tablespoon
  7. Chilli Flakes – 1 tablespoon
  8. Black Pepper Powder – 1 tablespoon
  9. Coriander Powder – 1 tablespoon
  10. Italian Herbs – 1 tablespoon.
  11. Tomato Ketchup – 4 tablespoons.
  12. Coriander leaves – half a bunch

For the White Sauce :

  1. Butter – 3-4 tablespoons
  2. All Purpose Flour – 2 tablespoons
  3. Milk – 1 litre
  4. Garlic – 2 pods chopped
  5. Salt – As per taste
  6. Oregano – 1 tablespoon
  7. Chilli Flakes – 1 tablespoon
  8. Black Pepper Powder – 1 tablespoon
  9. Grated cheese – 1 large cup.

Directions :

For the Ravioli :

  1. In a mixing Bowl, add the All purpose flour and semolina along with salt and oil. Add warm little in small parts and make a soft dough out of it. Make sure the dough is not sticky.
  2. Now, using a rolling pin, roll the dough along and make a thin sheet out of the same.
  3. Using a cookie cutter, start cutting the sheet in circles . You can make at least 70 circles with the same sheet.
  4. Now, in another pan, heat oil.
  5. Once heated, add garlic, spinach and mix it well.
  6. The spinach will start releasing little water and starts to shrink as it gets cooked.
  7. Add salt, black pepper powder, Oregano and chilli flakes. Now, add grated cottage cheese and mix well. Also, add grated cheese at the end and mix it again.
  8. Make sure the spices are evenly mixed to it. Turn off the flame.
  9. For shaping the Ravioli, take one small circular sheet and add little ( 1 teaspoon) spinach mix on top of it. Now, cover it with another circular sheet. Make sure both the sheets are tightly packed at corners; You can even use oil to seal the ends.
  10. Using a fork, press the corners of the Ravioli. Keep them aside. Repeat the same for other circles as well.
  11. Heat water with little oil and salt. Once the water starts boiling, throw in the Raviolis and blanch them for 10 mins, until they are properly cooked.

For the Red Sauce :

  1. In a pan, add little oil . Once its gets heated up, add the garlic pods and the bell peppers and fry well.
  2. Now, throw in the tomato puree and add 1 cup of water. You can also add corn or mushroom to it, but thats completely upon your choice.
  3. Add Salt, black pepper powder, oregano, Chilli Flakes and coriander powder. Mix it well so that the tomatoes gets evenly coated with the spices. You can also add italian herbs to this but again thats completely optional.
  4. Cover the lid for 10 minutes. You will notice that the oil starts getting released from the sides. Add ketchup at this point and mix the sauce well.
  5. Turn off the flame and Garnish it with leaves of your choice like- Coriander/Basil/etc..
  6. Red Sauce is now ready.

For the White Sauce :

  1. In a pan, heat butter. Once heated add Garlic and fry for 2 minutes. Then, add little all purpose flour.
  2. Cook the flour for 5 minutes until the rawness fades. Now, start adding milk in little parts. Ensure no lumps are formed in the milk.
  3. Add salt, black pepper powder, oregano and chilli flakes.
  4. You need the cook the milk here for 10-12 minutes, until it thickens.
  5. Now, add grated cheese ( I prefer lots of them :D) and mix it well. Cook it additionally for 10 minutes, until the sauce thickens more.
  6. Turn off the Flame. White Sauce is now ready.

You can even mix the red and white sauce together and make a pink sauce out it but thats completely optional. Since, we prepared it on an Indian Independence Day, we plated the Raviolis to look like our National Flag 🙂

Please do try this at home and let me know how it turns out. Also, please do like, share and follow me on WordPress and Instagram @aanchal6867

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