Homemade Mushroom Ravioli

Homemade Mushroom Ravioli

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Making your own pasta is not a convenience meal but the result is so amazing it is well worth the effort.

Ariana Klepac

Ingredients
Serves: 6 

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 shallots, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 450g mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons brandy
  • pepper to taste
  • 30g dried porcini mushrooms, soaked, drained and finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh wholemeal breadcrumbs
  • 50g Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or basil
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh marjoram or 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 250g snow peas or sugarsnap peas
  • 2 tablespoons tiny tender sprigs fresh thyme to garnish
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil to serve (optional)
  • PASTA
  • 450g plain flour
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • HERB JUS
  • 3 cups reduced-salt chicken or vegetable stock
  • 170ml dry white wine
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 zucchinis, thinly sliced or coarsely diced

Directions
Preparation:1hour30min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:2hours10min 

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the shallots and cook for a few seconds, then add the garlic and the mushrooms. Cook over high heat, stirring, to brown the mushrooms, then reduce the heat and cook for 10 minutes or until the mixture has reduced in volume.
  2. Pour in the brandy and cook, stirring, until it has evaporated. Remove from the heat and add pepper.
  3. Stir in the porcini mushrooms, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, eggs, parsley and marjoram. The ingredients should form a moist paste. Place in the refrigerator while you make the pasta.
  4. To make the pasta, sift the flour onto a work surface, make a well in the centre and add the eggs and oil.
  5. Using your hands, gradually mix the flour into the eggs and oil, until the mixture begins to form a firm dough. If necessary, add a few drops of water.
  6. Knead the dough for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. The dough should still be firm. Add a little extra flour if the dough becomes too sticky. Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap and set aside to rest for 30 minutes.
  7. Cut the pasta dough into quarters and roll out each separately. If using a pasta machine to roll the dough, use the second-thinnest setting. Otherwise, roll it out by hand on an unfloured surface. Cut each rolled-out quarter into 2 strips, each about 10 x 50cm.
  8. Lay a pasta strip on the work surface. Dot the filling on the dough in small mounds (about 1 teaspoon each), about 5 cm apart. Ensure that there is enough room between the mounds of filling for the covering of dough to stick to the base.
  9. Brush the dough around each mound with a little water. Top with a second strip of pasta and press it down firmly around the filling to seal. Cut between the mounds of filling with a fluted pastry wheel or sharp knife.
  10. Carefully pull the ravioli apart and toss with the flour. Place in a single layer on a plate in the fridge. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
  11. To make the herb jus, combine the stock, wine and garlic in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and cook over high heat for 5–10 minutes or until the liquid is well flavoured. Add the thyme and zucchinis, and continue cooking over medium-high heat for 5–10 minutes or until the zucchinis are quite tender but not mushy, and the liquid has intensified in flavour and evaporated slightly.
  12. Meanwhile, cook the ravioli in boiling water for 4–5 minutes or until they rise to the surface. Add the snow or sugarsnap peas for the final 30–60 seconds of cooking. Drain well.
  13. Serve the ravioli and snow peas in shallow soup bowls with the zucchinis and herb and garlic jus ladled over. Sprinkle thyme over the top and drizzle with the 1 tablespoon olive oil, if using. Serve immediately.

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