Mushroom and Ricotta Ravioli are delicious fluffy pillows of pasta filled with flavor, literally! The added touch of pressed fresh basil leaves adds a pretty, and yummy, touch.
Firstly, how pretty are these? I thought they’d be absolutely perfect for our Cucina Farinella Great 8 Friends dinner party! Delicious, make ahead and fun to make! As you know I love all things crafty, so why not add a little crafty fun to a recipe, right? With the simple addition of fresh basil leaves, these Mushroom and Ricotta Ravioli are reminiscent of the pressed and dried leaves that I remember doing when I was younger.
Remember flattening pretty leaves in that big heavy book, checking daily to see if the’ve dried up yet? Anxious to add them to a handmade card! That’s what this recipe reminds me of! But with these Mushroom and Ricotta Ravioli, you not only get to enjoy the aroma of the fresh basil, but let’s face it, they taste way better than paper!
You know when you have the perfect recipe? So perfect that you love it so much that you want to incorporate it with some of your other favorite dishes and recipes? That’s exactly how I feel about the Homemade Pasta! It goes along the lines of that famous phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Okay, I won’t! For some reason though, I couldn’t find my pasta machine! Hmm….who did I loan it to? Oh well, my ceramic rolling pin, and some extra arm strength worked perfectly!
The only addition to this perfect pasta recipe was just the little added fresh basil leaf…that’s minor (and pretty!) It will add a little character and freshness to these pretty pillows of pasta without compromising the texture of the dough.
Not wanting to mask the flavor of the mushroom and ricotta filling, or any filled pastas for that matter, I like to do something simple and basic as a “sauce”. No one in my family is a fan of butter, (yes you read that right!) so butter on anything was never a “thing” in our house! Going with my favorite, no fuss, go to “sauce” was the perfect choice! Super simple. My favorite Trader Joe’s little pear shaped tomatoes, a few basil leaves, some garlic and a drizzle of olive oil. Don’t want to forget the parmesan! Done!
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So my friends, if you’ve got a little time and are ready to get your hands in flour, we’ve got some pasta crafting to do! With the simple sauce listed below or even Kyle’s Italian Red Sauce and a fluffy loaf of Anna’s Rosemary Sea Salt Focaccia your cucina will be open for business and smelling heavenly! Got some little kiddos who love the kitchen? Do your spouse or your friends like to be a part of the fun? Get the assembly line set up! It’s the one time you can’t have too many cooks in the kitchen! Buon appetito amici!