Weeknight Ambition

by Mara @ What's For Dinner? on March 23, 2010

in Italian, simple recipe, vegetarian

I’ve come to cherish Tuesday nights. I know it sounds a bit odd, but Tuesday nights are the only night that Adam and I are guaranteed to have together during the week because of his class schedule this semester. I’ve started saving my special recipes for Tuesday nights so that we can enjoy them together, even if it is just on the couch in the living room. Sometimes, I’ll just make something that we’ve wanted to eat again, and sometimes, like tonight, I’ll go “all out” and make something truly special.

I don’t know if it’s the springier weather, or the fact that its light out until almost 7 p.m. but I’ve been in a much better and lighter mood lately, and good moods call for good mood food! Since most produce I love isn’t quite in season yet (COME ON CHERRY SEASON!) so I had to settle for making something Spring-colored. After my foray into ravioli-making on Saturday, I was dying to try making a whole wheat spinach ravioli, so tonight was the night!

In my mixer went:

  • 3 c. whole wheat flour
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. cold water
  • 1 tsp salt

I let it mix and knead to develop gluten, as whole wheat flour is slower to make gluten than white flour. Then, while that kneaded, I put our fuses to the test and made a filling in the food processor with:

  • 3 c. spinach, steamed and drained
  • 1.5 c. low fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano

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I just loved that color!! It went onto the rolled out dough (which I rolled by hand thankyouverymuch, no machines here!) into small round (about a tsp) blobs.


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The dough got folded over then sealed, and cut with my handy dandy pizza cutter. This batch had 9 ravioli:

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They got re-sealed and placed on a cookie sheet to dry for about an hour while I set to work making the sauce.

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The sauce was simple. I used the leftover filling, some extra herbs (basil, oregano, garlic powder) and about a cup and a half of chicken broth to make a glorious bright green sauce. I boiled the ravioli for all of about 2 minutes, or until they floated to the top of the pot, and then I removed them with a slotted spoon.

Once the plates were completed, I went to take my pictures and I actually made a little “Squee!” noise when I realized that it was STILL light enough outside to take my photos! Hello natural light! HELLOOOOO gorgeous pictures!
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Not only was this meal satisfying to the palate, but it was so soul-satisfying too. I’d made something truly challenging and was successful at it! There’s something so gratifying about using some modern conveniences like the KitchenAid to help make dough, but then use my own two hands to roll it out and form it into something so delicious. Maybe it goes back to some instinct I have, or maybe its just the way I am, but I really do get such a sense of glee and accomplishment by cooking great meals for those that I love.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 23, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Girl, I am so impressed! THat looks incredible!

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Lauren March 23, 2010 at 8:08 PM

You are mastering the homemade pasta! Good for you! I can’t believe you have the energy to come home after a full day of work and whip up homemade ravioli. So impressive girly! ;)

Enjoy your night with your man!
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Rose March 23, 2010 at 8:27 PM

That is quite ambitious for a Tuesday night! Good for you! It looks like you and Adam enjoyed a really good meal together tonight.

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Ana (AnActive Adventure) March 23, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Girl you went all out!!! You are unbelievable you made your own pasta!!!! This meal looks delicious :)

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Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) March 23, 2010 at 9:26 PM

the green filling is so beautiful Mara. It sounds delicious and light too. I need to attempt making pasta dough one of these days. It just overwhelms me!
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Christina March 23, 2010 at 9:33 PM

OMG It looks really beautiful Mara! You did a fantastic job taking the pics and capturing the beautiful color! :)
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Christina March 23, 2010 at 10:12 PM

That looks so yummy!!
.-= Christina´s last blog ..Cooking for One: Zucchini Pasta! =-.

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Fancy March 23, 2010 at 10:50 PM

I would like to add eating this for dinner to our Fruz night adgenda! YUM!!!!!!!!!

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glidingcalm March 23, 2010 at 11:40 PM

um um um……….there are no words!!!

oh wait…………..YUM!
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Jenn March 24, 2010 at 5:04 AM

Great job! Your ravioli look beautiful and great photo too!
.-= Jenn´s last blog ..Carmelized Fennel, Beet and Orange Pizza, Gluten Free =-.

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Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly March 24, 2010 at 7:32 AM

You are so impressive!! Sheesh…homemade ravoili?! WOW!
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Jenn (www.j3nn.net) March 24, 2010 at 7:38 AM

Oooh, they came out wonderfully! I have never made homemade ravioli, I really need to try some. :)

Jenn
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coco March 24, 2010 at 8:10 AM

wooo! these look scrumptious! I can’t believe you just make pasta! that’s such a big accomplishment!!! :D
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Paula - bell'alimento March 24, 2010 at 8:41 AM

Beautiful Mara! NOTHING like homemade pasta! I lurve it when I have that extra time to make it! Brava!

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Biz March 24, 2010 at 10:29 AM

You know, my mom bought me a hand crank pasta maker for Christmas and I think its more pain in the ass and I ended up using my rolling pin too. Your dish turned out great!! I’ll have to try the whole wheat dough next time.

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Lauren March 24, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Mara, these ravioli look AMAZING! I’m all for healthy and delicious food, and this recipe definitely falls into that double category :).

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Ericka March 24, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Those look so good! I’m impressed!

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kate March 24, 2010 at 2:21 PM

I really need to branch out & make some homemade pasta! This recipe looks awesome!
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Katie March 24, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Lady, I hear you about finding time to spend with your guy.

The ravioli looks DELICIOUS! The color is so vibrant, and I find fresh pasta tastes so much better than dried. Congratulations on pulling it off so beautifully!

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amanda March 24, 2010 at 4:21 PM

One word. Delicious!
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Lara (Thinspired) March 24, 2010 at 11:06 PM

Gorgeous photos indeed! I tried making my own ravioli once, with wholewheat flour too, and they were hardly edible. It was really disappointing after so much work! If I ever venture a second time, I’ll try your recipe :)
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Jackie March 25, 2010 at 1:17 AM

ohhhh- homemade pasta. It’s been on my “to-do” list for years now. I need to just bite the bullet and try it sometime! How was the texture of the whole wheat pasta you tried this time?? I think i’ll start with regular flour before going whole wheat this time…
.-= Jackie´s last blog ..Caramelized onion and cauliflower tart =-.

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janetha March 25, 2010 at 4:04 PM

ive been bookmarking like every one of your recipes lately. can you just move in with me? thanks.
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shelly March 25, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Ravioli is a true comfort food for me.
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MarathonVal March 26, 2010 at 10:13 PM

I am SOOOO impressed that you make your own ravioli!! And it really looks quite beautiful and professional, to boot. Nice work Mara ;) Come cook for me anytime!

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Christina March 27, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Thanks for sharing this on Friday Firsts Mara! :)
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Suzy March 27, 2010 at 4:16 PM

I love pretty food…these look beautiful! (and tasty!)

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