Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce

Going out for Valentine’s Day is for amateurs. If you really want to show the one you love a good time cook with them at home! Of course  I can say this after taking Debbie out every Valentine’s Day and experiencing first hand the madness that ensues. Debbie and I love to cook together so being at home drinking a good bottle of wine (or two) and creating a fantastic meal is the way to go for us. On this Valentine’s Day we decided to make Heart Shaped Ravioli with Vodka Sauce. Let me tell you this up front, this dinner almost turned in to a 3 alarm fire ruining not only our Valentine’s day but our neighbors as well. More on that later…

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce

Making the Mushroom Filling

We started off by prepping the ingredients for the mushroom filling.

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
Prepping the Mushroom filling

This tasty mushroom filling included the following ingredients.

  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup sliced shitake mushroom
  • ¼ cup sliced oyster mushroom
  • ½ cup sliced cremini mushroom
  • ½ cup sliced white button mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ cup beef broth
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup of coarsely chopped mixed mushrooms

I started by melting the butter in pan over medium heat to keep the temp low. Once the butter was melted I added the olive oil to the melted butter, then the sliced garlic to sauté until fragrant.

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
Sauté the garlic

Once the garlic was fragrant I added the mushrooms until they began to sweat and release their juices.

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
Sweating the Mushrooms

Once the mushrooms were slightly brown I added the salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. Then I added the beef broth and let the mixture reduce until the beef broth was absorbed.

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
Reducing the broth

Once the broth was reduced I removed the mixture from the heat and let it cool. I then placed that in to a food processor and mixed it with the ricotta and parmesan cheeses. I blended these together, adding more broth if the mixture got too thick.  Once mixed I stirred in the remaining ½ cup chopped mixed mushrooms.

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
Mixing the Mushroom Filling

Making the Pasta

Now it is time to make the dough for the ravioli pasta. We have done this two times before so we are not experts by any means. Making pasta at home takes both improvisational skills and patience. You have to be willing to start with the recipe and tinker as you go until everything is just right. I will say we got close to perfection but could have rolled the pasta a little thinner than we did. But that is how you learn to cook… it is not the mistakes you make but what lessons you learn from them!

For the pasta we used:

  • 3 cups semolina flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ c water

Debbie wanted to make the pasta and started by sifting the flour and salt together.  From there she placed the flour mixture on our kitchen table, making a well in the center of the flour. From there she dropped the eggs into the flour well, using her hand to break the egg yolks and beat them slightly.

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
Making the dough

She began to combine the eggs and the flour together gradually adding warm water to make a stiff dough.

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
Debbie kneading the Dough

Once she had kneaded the dough until smooth, she covered the dough and let it rest for 15 minutes.

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
Covering the dough

Making the Ravioli’s

After about 15 minutes the dough was ready. We cut the dough in half and using a pasta machine rolled the dough into two very thin sheets.

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
Rolling the Dough

Once the dough was in two thin sheets we laid one sheet on the kitchen table with a generous amount of flour laid out. We began to place dollops of the filling about 1 ½“ apart all along the dough.

Making the Mushroom Filling
Place filling on the bottom sheet of dough

When the sheet of dough is fully dotted with the filling, cover with the other sheet of dough.

Making the Mushroom Filling
Cover the filling with the top sheet of dough

With your fingers press the dough between each dab of filling to seal it. Then using your Heart Shaped Ravioli Cutter cut each ravioli and lay on a flour covered surface to dry.

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
Cutting the Heart Shaped Ravioli’s

Allow the ravioli’s to dry 1 hour before cooking them.

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
Dry the Heart Shaped Ravioli’s

Making the Vodka Sauce

Now here is where things got interesting for us in the kitchen. We picked a simple homemade Vodka Sauce recipe to make for the ravioli’s. This recipe (as the name indicates) contained Vodka, which as many of you aspiring chef’s may already know, will catch on fire when heated. Our expectation was that we would light the Vodka with a match to create the flames. Much to our distress (and to our microwave which now sports a melted keypad) the Vodka lit on fire immediately and freaked both of us out. Luckily the only damage was to the microwave as I was able to pull the pan off the stove quickly preventing further damage. I will add learning to cook with alcohol to my “to do” list!

For the sauce we used the following ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup vodka
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 4-6 Tbsp tomato based pasta sauce
  • Grated parmesan
  • Fresh basil

We started by heating a sauté pan over medium heat then adding the olive oil. I added the garlic and cooked for 30 seconds until the garlic was fragrant. At this point I added the vodka, nearly burnt our house down, and removed the pan until the vodka burned off and our microwave melted. Now that our neighborhood is safe again our picture taking resumed. We added the cream and let the sauce simmer for 1 minute.

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
Added the cream to the vodka sauce

From there I stirred in the tomato sauce and added salt to taste.

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
Mix in the tomato sauce

Heart Shaped Ravioli with Vodka Sauce

Once the ravioli was dry I dropped them into boiling salted water and cooked them for 15 min.

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
Boiling the ravioli

We took the ravioli’s out and drained them. Once drained we tossed the ravioli’s with the Vodka Sauce and garnished with parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
Dinner is served!

This is a great time to open a bottle of your favorite wine and enjoy the meal and this wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner for two! Tonight we enjoyed a bottle of Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve Pinot Noir.

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
2011 Adelsheim Elizabeth’s Reserve Yamhill Carlton Pinot Noir
Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
Cin Cin!

Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce
 
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Romantic dinner for two featuring Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce.
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Recipe type: Pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • For the filling:
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup sliced shitake mushroom
  • ¼ cup sliced oyster mushroom
  • ½ cup sliced cremini mushroom
  • ½ cup sliced white button mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ cup beef broth
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup of coarsely chopped mixed mushrooms
  • For the dough:
  • 3 cups semolina flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ c water
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup vodka
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 4-6 Tbsp tomato based pasta sauce
  • Grated parmesan
  • Fresh basil
Instructions
  1. For the filling:
  2. Melt butter in pan; add olive oil to melted butter; sauté garlic
  3. Add mushrooms and let them sweat until they release their juices.
  4. Add salt, onion powder and garlic powder.
  5. Add beef broth and let the mixture reduce.
  6. Once reduced, remove from heat and let cool.
  7. Blend cheeses in a food processor; add cooled mushroom mixture to cheese and blend together, adding more brother if the mixture is too thick. Stir in remaining ½ cup chopped mixed mushrooms.
  8. For the Dough:
  9. Sift flour and salt together. Place flour mixture on a board, making a well in the center of the flour.
  10. Drop eggs into the flour well, using your hand or a fork, break the yolks and beat eggs slightly.
  11. Combine the eggs and flour together, gradually adding enough warm water to make a stiff dough.
  12. Knead dough well, until smooth; cover the dough and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  13. Cut dough in half and roll (or use a pasts machine) each half of the dough into two very thing sheets
  14. Drop about 1 – 1 ½ tsp of filling about 1 ½“ apart all along the dough.
  15. When the sheet of dough if fully dotted with dabs of filling, cover filling with other sheet of dough.
  16. Press dough between each dab of filling to seal it then cut ravioli with a pastry cutter or share knife.
  17. Allow ravioli to dry 1 hour before cooking
  18. Drop ravioli into boiling, salted water and cook for 10-15 min, or until dough is tender
  19. For the Sauce:
  20. Over medium heat, heat olive oil in large sauté pan.
  21. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  22. Carefully add the vodka, light the vodka then shake the pan until the vodka burns off and the fire goes out by itself.
  23. Add the cream and simmer for 1 minute.
  24. Stir in the tomato sauce and salt to taste. Once the sauce is heated through, toss with strained ravioli.
  25. Garnish with parmesan cheese and basil.

 

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2 comments on “Heart Shaped Mushroom Ravioli with Vodka Sauce

  1. Man, I just saw a pasta press on sale the other day and didn’t buy it -_-. Any recipe that starts with 1/4 of butter is cool with me and I love mushrooms. Looks great!