For Father’s Day we like to cook my husband dinner. Just like they do for me for Mother’s Day, we come up with a menu and the kids help out with the food prep. It was such a gorgeous weekend. We finally got some tennis in. We managed to get a few volleys back and forth so we felt good about that. Plus we made a dent in the garden chores.
For my birthday my kids had given me a ravioli form so I wanted to try it out. I need to practice with it but I did make homemade sausage ravioli and as my husband loves spicy sauces I did an easy arrabiata sauce. This meal did take a few hours so it is definitely a weekend deal.
I started with the ravioli stuffing as it had to cool before mixing it with cheese and stuffing the pasta. Finely chop half a cup of onion and 4 cloves of garlic. I also grabbed thyme from the garden.
In a skillet heat up a tablespoon or so of olive oil and saute the garlic, onion, and a couple of teaspoons of fresh thyme. After the onion has softened add 1/2 a lb of Sweet Italian sausage or Hot Italian sausage. Whatever you have on hand. Add 1/3 a cup of nice red wine. Cook until the meat is cooked.
Set aside to cool. Prep the homemade pasta and let it rest. Once the sausage has cooled mix in half a cup of ricotta cheese and half a cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese. After the pasta has rested roll it out in sheets. Place one sheet on the ravioli mold and create the dents.
Fill with the sausage mixture.
Coat with beaten egg. Place another sheet over the sausage mixture and then roll over the pasta. I struggled with this bit. I had to use a pasta cutter to separate the individual raviolis. And it was a struggle to keep the air out.
Chill the ravioli in the fridge until you are ready to cook them. For the sauce saute onion and garlic in olive oil.
Add 1/2 a cup of the same red wine used for the sausage. Add crushed or diced tomatoes. I could have used a 14 oz can but I used a 28 oz can and it was a bit much but my husband loves sauce so it didn’t go to waste! Bring to a simmer and add a few teaspoons of red pepper flakes as well as salt and pepper to taste.
Add a handful of basil near the end of cooking to the dish. Start cooking the ravioli at this point in boiling salted water as it only needs to cook for about 4 minutes. Once it is cooked add it to the sauce.
It knocked our son’s socks off but we all loved the simple sauce with the ravioli. And we got to eat outside and enjoy the lovely evening.