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Chef Ted Corrado invites home-made pasta enthusiasts to take on his Ontario Ricotta & Spinach Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce recipe. If you have a pasta machine, we promise it's worth the effort!

“Being home during this time and getting to spend time with my girls has been a blessing. We’ve spent a lot of time planning meals and cooking together. Making fresh pasta has become a weekly event with my girls. They would eat carbs and dairy for every meal if they could and this recipe has satisfied both cravings and is one of their favourites. It’s a simple recipe with simple ingredients, so those ingredients need to be great quality so they shine. This is why we use Ontario ricotta and butter in this recipe, the two ingredients that make the dish!!!”

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PREP15 min
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Cooking45 min
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Ready in1 h

Ingredients

Pizza Dough

Ricotta & Spinach Filling

Brown Sugar Sauce

Instructions

Pizza Dough

  1. Step
    On a clean work surface, sift the flour, forming a mound. Sprinkle a pinch of salt into the middle of the mound. Using the bottom of a measuring cup, create a well, about 4-5 inches wide, in the centre of the flour.
  2. Step
    Slowly add the wet ingredients, (eggs and olive oil) into the well.
  3. Step
    Using a fork, gently beat the eggs, slowly incorporating the flour, working your way to the outer edges of the flour. As the slurry begins to form a solid mass, use a bench scraper or spatula to bring the dough together. At this point you can use your hands to form the dough to start kneading.
  4. Step
    Knead the dough for 15 minutes until it has a uniform consistency. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and set aside to rest.

Filling Instructions

  1. Step
    Meanwhile, put the spinach into a large, dry frying pan and place over a high heat.
  2. Step
    Cook the spinach, turning frequently, for 3–5 minutes until it has completely wilted.
  3. Step
    Drain in a sieve, pressing out as much liquid as possible, then wrap in a clean tea towel and press out any remaining liquid so the spinach is as dry as possible.
  4. Step
    Finely chop the spinach and transfer to a bowl, together with the ricotta, cheese and lemon zest. Season to taste with salt and black pepper, mix well and set aside.

Sauce Instructions

  1. Step
    Put the garlic, shallot and butter into a saucepan over a medium–low heat until the butter melts, simmering gently for 5 minutes. Once the butter starts to brown, add the white wine to stop it from further browning and remove from heat. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. Step
    Back to the dough. Remove the cling film and lightly dust the dough with flour.
  3. Step
    Flatten with a rolling pin to the width of your pasta machine. Feed the dough through on the widest setting, adjust the rollers to the next setting and roll the dough through the pasta machine again.
  4. Step
    Continue to roll the dough through the machine, decreasing the thickness by one setting each time and dusting with a little more flour if it becomes sticky.
  5. Step
    Once you have rolled it through the thinnest setting, cut the long sheet of pasta in half widthways. Lay one length on a floured work surface and set the other half to one side, covered with a clean damp tea towel.
  6. Step
    Place teaspoonfuls of the ricotta mixture at even intervals along the middle of the pasta sheet.
  7. Step
    Using a pastry brush and water, dampen the pasta around the ricotta filling. Now take the other half sheet of pasta and carefully lay it over the ricotta, gently pressing down around the mounds of filling and pushing out any air pockets.
  8. Step
    Using a sharp knife, trim the pasta into evenly-sized squares of ravioli or use a round cutter depending on which shape you prefer, then lay them out on a tray, making sure they are dusted with a little flour.
  9. Step
    When ready to serve, bring a large pan of salted water to a boil and place the pan of brown butter over a low heat.
  10. Step
    Cook the ravioli in the boiling water for about 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and add to the pan of brown butter. Gently stir to combine, then serve immediately with a little more Ontario cheese.

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