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Say hello to Christmas Week Ravioli!
On Saturday, we had a family ravioli situation happening…and these were the results. Delicious, buttery pillows of caramelized mushrooms, cheese and extra saucy rosemary butter sauce. If you follow along on Instagram, you’ll know my story was filled with random snaps of family members making ravioli and drinking their drinks…it was an interesting night to say the least, but there’s no denying that this plate of pasta goodness is basically the best thing ever.
AND since I was feeling super lazy and totally not in the mood to make homemade pasta dough, I took a short cut and used wonton wrappers, so freaking easy and so freaking good. Not sure I can go back to the actual real deal pasta. Ahh, ok I can, but for everyday homemade ravioli, the wonton wrappers are where it’s at.
In an effort to pack a ton in this week and still spend time with my family, I’m going to try to keep these posts a little bit shorter…I mean, I will attempt to, but we all know how that goes!
Everyone arrived safe and sound on Sunday. They were supposed to get here Saturday, but their flights got delayed and they sat in the airport all day long. Yes, all day. Creighton, Caitlin and Maggie in Cleveland and Kai in LA. Their flights finally got in early Sunday morning, so they spent the rest of night in Denver and my brother Brendan drove down to pick them up early in the morning. It was a long twenty-four hours for those guys, but don’t worry they made up for it on Sunday with tons of food, rest, snowboarding and um, yes cocktail. My family is semi-crazy. Prepare for all the stories. I have a feeling this years Christmas is going to be one for the books…
Alright, but let’s talk mushroom cheese ravioli! I actually had another recipe planned for today. A soup actually, but when I made it earlier last week, I basically failed miserably. So bad that I just could not attempt it again and gave up after everyone declared it too oily to eat. I mean, how is soup oily? I don’t even know, which is why it got the boot. So instead, I chatted with my recipe guru, aka Lyndsie, and we decided a nice mushroom ravioli was in order. Truth is the girl just wanted some mushrooms, cheese, rosemary, and butter, but I mean, I was obviously happy to oblige.
I really can’t begin to describe how much we all loved this ravioli. Perfection does not even cut it, it’s just delicious. The ravioli filling is made up of sautéed mushrooms with a little balsamic, ricotta, fontina, and parmesan. Super simple, but the very best flavors. Stuff the cheese filling between some wonton wrappers (which you can find in the produce section of most grocery stores) and then just boil. Could not be easier.
For the sauce, I wanted something light, not cream based, but very flavorful. I browned some butter, added a little garlic and rosemary and then a splash of white wine and some chicken broth. I was going for ravioli in broth, and guys, it’s just beyond. Think chicken soup, minus the chicken and plus mushroom ravioli. It’s really fantastic <–Lyns’s words.
The rosemary adds just the right amount of flavor, but it’s not overwhelming. It highlights the cheese and mushrooms really nicely. If you’re making one meal this week, please, please PLEASE let it be this ravioli. Make it a family night and create an assembly line for the ravioli process. It’s actually super fun that way, and the time to create this will get cut in half. Yes, please!
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That filling though? With that sauce? I can’t even…The Best.
I was wondering if there is an alternative to the balsamic vinegar. My husband can’t stand it. I thought perhaps I could use Worcestershire sauce, or soy sauce or even a wine such as a tawny port. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
Sure, you could certainly give the Worcestershire a try! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
Love this dish! My fabulous husband bought me the Kitchen Aid Pasta roller today for an early birthday present and this was my first time using it and first time making ravioli. The sauce is simple to make but so flavourful. I used white vermouth instead of white wine as we planned to have a Spanish Tempranillo with the pasta. Can’t wait to serve this for guests!
Oh…and the filling…amazing!
Fantastic!! I love to hear that the recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try. Have the best week:)) xT
Hi Tieghan – Do you have any ideas for what I can substitute ricotta with? Could I do mozzarella or another cheese with just a little bit of cream/milk to make it a similar texture to ricotta? I don’t like ricotta (or goat, cream cheese, sour cream) and I am trying to figure out what I can substitute that with. Much appreciated! I love your recipes!
My suggestion would be to use cream cheese, since you don’t like that how about mascarpone? Please let me know if you give the recipe a try! xTieghan
Thanks so much for the quick response, Tieghan! I actually decided to give ricotta a try and it turned out insanely delicious. It would have been a sin to mess with this recipe! My entire family and guests said this was one of the best things they’ve ever had. It did take me a while to make the pasta dough and filling and put them all together, but it was worth every single second! I am saving this recipe forever! Thanks for another winner 🙂
Awesome!! Love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a try! xTieghan