nettle garlic paste this winter. Now, it wouldn't be so fun if we spoiled ALL the surprises, but I can definitely tell you that we'll be making this ravioli again.
My memories of homemade pasta go way back to my childhood. I remember watching my mother and grandmother making egg noodles -- kneading the tender dough, rolling it thinly, and then slicing each piece of pasta by hand. My mother would often hang the pasta on the backs of cleaned kitchen chairs until it dried slightly, and then she'd use them in soups or served alongside comfort food favorites like homemade Swedish meatballs or ragout.
I didn't try making my own pasta until about 5-6 years ago when we got a KitchenAid pasta roller attachment for Christmas. But, once I made my first batch, I knew I was hooked. These days I find myself wondering why I don't do it more often. Sure, it takes a bit of time. But, it's totally worth it. For that reason, I often make a double or triple batch of pasta dough at one time. Balls of dough can be wrapped in plastic wrap, placed in a freezer bag, and kept in the freezer for up to 6 months. Just thaw overnight in the fridge and let the dough come to room temperature before using.
Fat of The Land. And it's absolutely lovely -- from its use of Marcella Hazen's deliciously tender pasta dough to the flavorful creamy, green and earthy filling. And don't even get me started on the rosemary browned butter. *Swoon*
Although ravioli (and other filled pastas) take a bit longer to make than other things, they're perfect company fare, and (even better) they freeze very well. So, you can make up a big batch when you have the time and enjoy them later. Just place the uncooked ravioli onto a large floured baking pan and pop it into the freezer until the ravioli are frozen (1-2 hours). Then empty the ravioli into serving-sized freezer bags. Frozen ravioli take a bit longer to cook than fresh, but they make a perfect weeknight meal for when you don't really feel like cooking.
I really love the flavor in this dish when nettles are used; but you don't need to avoid making it if you don't have any of the delicious weeds on hand. Simply substitute spinach for the nettles, and add a bit of garlic to the filling.
Nettle & Garlic Ravioli with Rosemary Browned Butter
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