Thursday, April 28, 2011

Crispy Baked Spinach Ricotta Ravioli

Another stuffed food recipe. Did you expect anything different? I am a big fan these won ton wrappers. Aren't they cute?

The possibilities are endless with what you could stuff into these babies. I keep seeing Nutella and peanut butter in my mind but haven't gotten around to experimenting with it. I know the I won't be able to stop thinking about that combo till I try. For now I have a fun appetizer idea for you. I had a big bag of spinach in my refrigerator that was going to expire so I knew I wanted to use it in some way for dinner. I also had a container of ricotta cheese. Spinach and ricotta pair up so nicely together so I decided to stuff the rounds with this combo. They ended up looking and tasting kind of like ravioli but a crispy version. I topped mine with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese before baking. To serve these just warm up some marinara sauce (homemade or jar) to serve on the side for dunking. If your kids are anything like mine they will gobble anything up that gets to be dunked. This is a good way to get spinach in them. I think this would also make a great meatless main dish paired with a side salad and fruit. I hope you enjoy! Have a happy Thursday.

Crispy Baked Spinach Ricotta Ravioli

One package of Won Tons or Rounds
10 oz fresh spinach
15 oz ricotta cheese
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese or Pecorino Romano cheese plus more for sprinkling
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried basil
olive oil for brushing
marinara sauce homemade or jarred

Cook spinach with 2 tbsp of water in the microwave or on the stove top for 5 minutes or until just wilted. Let cool and drain excess water. Place ricotta, spinach, grated cheese, salt, pepper, oregano, and basil in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth. You could probably just do this by hand as well.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper, or spray sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Take a wrap and place approximately 2 tbsp of mixture in the center if each wrap. Do not place filling near the edge. Use a pastry brush dipped in water and brush edges of wrap. Place a second wrap on top, then crimp edges together tightly with your fingers or the tines of a fork. Brush ravioli lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake in 375° F oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve ravioli with your favorite marinara sauce for dipping.


Kelly said...

Ooo these look delicious and your blog is sooo cute!! So glad to be your newest follower, looking forward to future posts! :)

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