Swiss Chard Ravioli, Ricotta, Lemon, and Basil

Adapted by StarChefs.com
June 2012
Yield: 5 Servings

INGREDIENTS:

Ricotta
1 quart whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
¼ cup lemon juice
Pinch coarse salt
Pasta Dough
5 cups 00 flour
7 whole eggs
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon coarse salt
Swiss Chard Ravioli Stuffing
1 cup Swiss chard, blanched, chopped, and squeezed dry
¼ cup fresh grated Parmesan
½ cup ricotta
2 whole shallots, small diced, sautéed, chilled
1 clove garlic, minced, sautéed, chilled
2 teaspoons lemon zest
8 large mint leaves, chopped
5 large basil leaves, chopped
coarse salt
freshly ground black pepper
To Assemble and Serve
cold water

METHOD:

For the Ricotta:

Heat milk and cream to 190°F. Remove from heat and add lemon juice and salt. Set aside and cool to room temperature. Strain through cheese cloth or linen. Bring corners together and tie with twine. Hang at room temperature for 2 to 4 hours, or until 70 to 75 percent of liquid has been removed.

For the Dough:

In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the flour and salt. On slow to medium speed, add 1 egg at a time. Mix until the dough just comes together. Take dough out of bowl and knead on a lightly floured surface for 2 to 3 minutes or until smooth. Wrap in plastic and rest for 30 minutes.

For the Swiss Chard Ravioli Stuffing:

In food processor, combine the Swiss chard, Parmesan, ricotta, shallots, garlic, lemon zest, mint, basil, salt, and pepper. Pulse until incorporated. Roll the Swiss Chard Ravioli Stuffing into ½-ounce balls and refrigerate.

To Assemble and Serve:

Cut Dough into quarters. Reserve 3 pieces under towels. With pasta machine, roll dough through each setting until you reach setting 1. Find the middle of the pasta, and space the Swiss Chard Ravioli Stuffing on one half of the Dough, according to the size of your pasta cutter. Brush with water lightly in between filling. Fold other half of pasta on top of filling. Lightly press around filling with your fingers to push out most of the air. Cut out raviolis. Go back and press any remaining air out and check that sides are sealed. Repeat with remaining pasta and filling. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil, and cook pasta for 3 to 5 minutes.