Homemade Spinach and Cheese Ravioli
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Homemade Spinach and Cheese Ravioli

Thank you to Bertolli for sponsoring today's post and inspiring me to celebrate the everyday with delicious food and fun family memories!


For months now I have been talking about wanting to make homemade ravioli for the first time. When I saw the Bertolli® Riserva Asiago Cheese & Artichokes sauce, I knew that I just had to finally do it. Something about the idea of artichokes in the sauce seemed to just be asking to be paired with a spinach ravioli! And let me tell you... it ended up being a match made in heaven! I had been putting off making homemade pasta because life is chaotic. I kept thinking that this would be a big undertaking... and a big mess. But it is so important to do special things like this to celebrate everyday life! There is no need to wait for a special occasion! The Bertolli cooking school website makes it easy to find little ways to bring something special to all kinds of meals! Of course this one caught my eye: 


The only pasta I have ever made from scratch before was egg noodles, and I wanted the thick, chewy ones so I just rolled them out with a rolling pin and cut them by hand. I knew for ravioli it would be much more beneficial to use a pasta roller, so I borrowed one from my brother. We used the recipe that came with the roller, and it couldn't have been easier: 500g flour (I used half white and half whole wheat) and 5 whole eggs. Then we just mixed in a little water until it was the right consistency. Aiden's favorite part of the whole process was playing with the flour. My awesome husband jumped in to knead the dough for me. We wrapped it in plastic wrap to rest, and set it aside.


While the dough rested, we made the filling. I looked at many, many recipes for filling, but I couldn't find one that sounded just right. So, I decided to go ahead and just create my own. It turned out creamy and delicious! Not only that, but I used the food processor to whip it up so it was super easy! Here is the recipe: 

Creamy Spinach and Cheese Ravioli

1 T butter
1 tsp minced garlic
10 oz fresh spinach
8 oz ricotta
4 oz cream cheese
1/2 c shredded mozzarella
1/2 c finely shredded Parmesan
1 egg

Melt butter in pan and lightly saute spinach and garlic. Transfer to food processor to finely chop spinach. Add remaining ingredients, and process until creamy. Refrigerate until you are ready to fill ravioli. 


Next it was time to roll out the ravioli! Aiden was super tired by this point (he was sick all last week) but he loved using the pasta roller so much! He rolled the same piece of dough over and over and we had a hard time talking him into letting Matt roll out sheets for the ravioli!


Eventually, Matt was able to start rolling and filling our ravioli. We tried several different methods of cutting them, from the cutting wheel to biscuit/cookie cutters, but in the end the most fabulous raviolis were those made using a little Rubbermaid Tupperware container to cut out the finished ravioli! We used about a tablespoon of filling in each, and brushed egg white around the filling before adding the top sheet and cutting. Matt is seriously a natural at ravioli making! He is already talking about other recipes he wants to try!


Of course the best part was eating the finished product! We made about half of the ravioli fresh that night, and froze the other half to see how they cooked up from frozen. Both turned out great! We used the Bertolli® Riserva Asiago Cheese & Artichokes sauce and a little shredded Parmesan and it was so delicious!


I love that these sauces are not your typical spaghetti sauce. They are really something special! However, while they offer a more robust and exciting flavor profile, they are still very kid friendly... at least according to Aiden who enjoyed his bowl for sure!



I definitely want to try the other sauce flavors in this Riserva collection:

Bertolli® Riserva Marinara with Parmigiano-Reggiano
Bertolli® Riserva Porcini Mushrooms & White Truffle Oil
Bertolli® Riserva Balsamic Vinegar & Caramelized Onions

The fact that there is currently a $1.50 coupon will make it even better to try them all! Grab your coupon here!


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  What recipes have you been waiting for a good reason to try? I hope this encourages you to make every day a good reason to celebrate and try something new!

41 comments

  1. Oh yum! That sounds so good. I grew up on homemade ravioli, but my mom never put spinach in there :) NOM.

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  2. I absolutely love ravioli so I will definitely have to try this recipe! It would be a fun date night with the husband to cook this!

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  3. I am just SO impressed that you did all of that. I know there are fabulous people out there that actually cook from scratch, but I've never been one of them.

    This dish looks delicious!!! And I just LOVED seeing the images of you and your son working on this recipe.

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  4. When I could eat ALL THE FOODS - ravioli was a definite favorite of mine and this recipe would have been on my list of FAVORITES for sure!

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  5. This seriously looks delicious. I have a pasta maker that I got several years ago and haven't touched... but this recipe might motivate me to pull it out.

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  6. Thanks for sharing this recipe, it's sounds DELISH! I also adore that you included your kids in the post, makes it so much more personal and authentic:)

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  7. I didn't know Bertolli made those sauces - we're always looking for new ones to try. The mushroom and truffle oil sounds delicious! And your ravioli looks great.

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  8. This spinach and cheese ravioli looks super delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  9. These sound delicious! I love ravioli and have always thought that it would be fun to make a homemade stuffed pasta. I'll have to try these out.

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  10. Sounds and looks delicious! I love that you had a cooking buddy :) How cute!

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  11. What a fun weekend project. Your little guy looks like he was having a blast! Plus you end up with pasta! :)

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  12. How fun! And you make it look so easy! They look delicious! xxx

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  13. This looks so good! Ive never been brave enough to try making my own pasta. I cheat and use wonton wrappers.

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  14. That sounds absolutely delicious. I love spinach in ravioli. And one of these days I would like to make my own pasta.

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  15. This looks so delicious! I've made spaghetti from scratch with a pasta machine, but never ravioli which I much prefer. I'll definitely be doing this soon!

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  16. Are you one of their ambassadors? I love their sauces they are delicious and once again another great recipe!

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  17. This is impressive! I've never tried making homemade ravioli but I've always wanted to. That Bertolli sauce is so good so I bet it would go great with this dish.

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  18. That looks delicious! I've always wanted to try and make my own pasta...

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  19. This sounds absolutely amazing!

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  20. SO fun! I can't wait for my daughter to be old enough to do things like this with her!

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  21. Yummy! I'm pinning this for a future meal!

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  22. Making pasta can be such a fun family activity. Your dinner looks delicious.

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  23. I'm a ravioli addict and these look delicious!!

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  24. This looks super delicious! Definitely impressed.

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  25. This sounds amazing! Ravioli is one of my favorite things ever and I would love to make it at home!

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  26. OMG yes this looks so delicious I could die. Definitely pinning!

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  27. Such a great idea to make this a family activity. Your son looks like he had the best time. And artichokes and spinach, yes please.

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  28. Yum. This looks and sounds fantastic. Love that you made it together as a family.

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  29. This looks delicious! My family loves pasta. I'll have to make this with my kids.

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  30. This is great! I always want to make fresh pasta. Your recipe looks simple yet delicious. I love how you involved your whole family to help you. That's lovely!

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  31. Looks delicious! I don't know if I have the patience to make any kind of homemade pasta. I bet it tastes fab tho!

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  32. Homemade past is one thing I've never tried making. Maybe it's time to try!

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  33. homemade pasta is the best. We make our own sauce at home but I have heard bertolli is decent jar sauce.

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  34. I definitely wish I had the time to try to make my own homemade ravioli, there's so many flavor combos to experiment with! And I haven't seen these sauces before but they sound so delicious!

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  35. I have never made ravioli from scratch before. I love homemade pasta - I bet it was beyond delicious!

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  36. I have always wanted to make ravioli from scratch. It sounds easy enough and it looks delicious

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  37. There's nothing more delicious than homemade pasta! Love pasta too :) And I'm pretty sure yours was super delicious.

    xx,

    Aldy.

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  38. Oh wow, these look delicious! I want to try them, like now!

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  39. This looks soooo delicious! I need to make more home cooked meals like this, from scratch, it seems like a really nice bonding experience for me and my husband. Thanks for the recipe!

    Best,
    Rebecca Kelsey Sampson
    http://rebeccakelsey.com/blog

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  40. Looks and sounds so yummy. Getting hungry looking at it.

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