Monday, January 9, 2012

Spinach Pesto Ravioli's

Who doesn't love fresh homemade pasta?  Fresh homemade pasta is like nothing else in this world and when you pair it with fresh spinach pesto you just can't go wrong!  I will admit homemade pasta is time consuming but if you make it with your family or a group of friends it is fun and the time just flies by!

Here we are starting the dough.  This could be done in the Kitchen Aid but we wanted to do it by hand this time.

 Here is my spinach pesto.  I used fresh spinach (about a pound), garlic,olive oil, roasted walnut oil, salt, pepper and some parmesan cheese.  Whirled it around in the food processor and it was done.  This was super tasty on crackers.  Yes, I was snacking.  :)
 We rolled the dough out using my Kitchen Aid pasta attachment and then we made the raviolis.  I used 1 egg, a small container of ricotta cheese and about 1/2 the pesto for the filling. 
We let these dry for about 2 hours while we made a our sauce.  It was very simple I just used 2 cans of tomato sauce, a spoonful of pesto and some roasted garlic red pepper seasoning.  We then put together a salad with spinach, romaine, green onions and tomatoes.  The bread sticks were store bought but I will make them next time.

Ready for the best part of this?  This meal cost under $20 and fed 5 people.  The fresh flavors of this wake up your taste buds and make you smile.  Make this and your family will love you!