One part travel video, one part cooking lesson, this video by Chef John Johnson (yes, that's really his name...) from River City Casino and Lumiére Place in St. Louis, Missouri - recently back from Antica Corte Pallavicina Castle in Italy - demonstrates how easy it is to make a light but luscious dish of homemade ravioli using fresh herbs and cheese. It might even inspire you to book a trip to Italy for further lessons or a culinary tour! Enjoy.
Chef John is a master at taking a fairly intimidating task - making fresh ravioli - and breaking it down into easy-to-follow steps. The fresh dough recipe he uses is very straightforward...just flour, eggs and a bit of salt. Once you have this one down, you might want to try Giada's fresh pasta dough recipe too!
The brief kneading technique he provides is simple enough for a beginner to master. The kneading is the key to the texture...make sure you get the dough nice and smooth!
The cheese and herb filling for the dough is also quite straightforward. Like many Italian recipes, the amounts and measurements of the ingredients he uses is imprecise, at best!! A little of this, a little of that...make it a lot of that, give it a taste, adjust and go! As long as the texture of the filling is firm enough to form a stiff ball, the combination of cheese and herbs is up to you!
That's one of the things I love about Italian cooking. It's so forgiving! And fun to play with. You really can't go too far wrong.
As long as you are careful when you place the ravioli in the water - and retrieve them - things should turn out fine. In the video Chef John turns the ravioli's in the pan but I don't think I would bother. Just swirl them around gently and plate. Any leftover sauce can be drizzled over the top before garnishing. Easy peasy, right?
Give this recipe a try and let me know how yours turns out by leaving a comment. Buon appetito!
As you learn in the video, even professional chefs go on culinary tours to brush up on their skills and learn new techniques and recipes. I know, a tough job, right? If you are interested in learning from an authentic Italian chef, check out Artviva's Culinary Tours. (Affiliate)
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