Monday, October 13, 2008

Broccoli and Cheese Ravioli with Sweet and Spicy Marinara

Broccoli and Cheese Ravioli with Sweet and Spicy Marinara
(serves 2)

1 c. fresh broccoli, steamed and finely chopped
1/4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tsp. shredded parmesan cheese
12 won ton wrappers
1 egg white
1 can tomato sauce
1 c. fresh spinach, steamed and pureed in a blender or food processor
1 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. Italian herbs (I have a grinder that has mixed Italian herbs)
1 small shake of red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a small sauce pot combine the tomato sauce, spinach, syrup, garlic, spices, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer until the raviolis are ready to cook.
2. In a small bowl combine the broccoli and 2 cheeses

3. Arrange 6 of the won ton wrappers in a single layer on a plate. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the broccoli cheese mixture into the center of each won ton.

4. Using a pastry brush, brush the edges of each won ton with egg white. Brush the edges of the remaining 6 wrappers as well. Put these on top of the won tons that have the broccoli mixture on them and use your fingertips to seal the edges.
5. In a large skillet put about 1/2 c. of the sauce. Add the raviolis and top with the rest of the sauce. Simmer for about 6 minutes over med. heat, turning the raviolis halfway through the cooking time. Remove from heat and serve!

When I was a teenager I worked at a greasy spoon diner as a cook. They made homemade spaghetti sauce for their spaghetti and meatball dinner. One of the ingredients was brown sugar. This is where I got the idea to use maple syrup. It gave the sauce a nice sweetness. As for the spicy...Despite trying to go easy on the heat I added too many red pepper flakes. I won't omit it when I make this again but I will use just a tiny, tiny bit.


Celeste said...

Thanks for the comment! This looks interesting! Yup, it is my married name. It's really wierd to find another.

Celeste said...

Wow, that is so weird! Well, I liked the name for 27 years. I hope you like it too! ;o)