RAVIOLI WITH BACON, RICOTTA AND SWISS CHARD

RAVIOLI WITH BACON, RICOTTA AND SWISS CHARD (for two)

pasta, ravioli with bacon, ricotta and swiss chard 1 pasta, ravioli with bacon, ricotta and swiss chard 2

For the filling:

3 slices bacon

3 cups chopped Swiss chard, stems discarded, leaves washed and chopped (about ½ pound)

½ teaspoon minced garlic

½ cup ricotta cheese

2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano

24 wonton wrappers, thawed if frozen

1 cup prepared tomato sauce, heated (recipe follows)


1. Make the filling. In a large, heavy skillet cook bacon over moderate heat until crisp and with a slotted spoon transfer to a cutting board. Chop bacon fine. Remove all but 1 tablespoon fat from skillet and heat remaining fat over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Cook chard and garlic, stirring, until chard is tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer chard mixture to a bowl and cool. To chard mixture, add cheeses, 2 tablespoons bacon and salt and pepper to taste.

2. Bring a saucepan of salted water to a gentle boil.

3. Put a wonton wrapper on a lightly floured surface and mound 1 tablespoon filling in center of wrapper. Brush edges of wrapper with water and put a second wrapper over first, pressing down around filling to force out air. Seal edges well and transfer ravioli to a kitchen towel. Make more ravioli with remaining wrappers and filling in the same manner, turning them occasionally to dry slightly. Cook ravioli in water at a gentle boil 6 to 8 minutes, or until they rise to the surface and are tender. (Do not let water boil vigorously once ravioli has been added.) With a slotted spoon transfer ravioli as cooked to a kitchen towel to drain.

4. Divide ravioli between 2 plates and spoon sauce over them. Sprinkle ravioli with remaining tablespoon bacon.

 

from The Best of Gourmet, 1995

 

MARIO’S BASIC TOMATO SAUCE (marinara, 4 cups)

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¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 Spanish onion, cut into ¼ inch dice

4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

½ medium carrot, finely shredded

two 28-ounce cans whole tomatoes

salt


1. In a 3-quart saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until soft and light golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the thyme and carrot and cook until the carrot is quite soft, about 5 minutes.

2. Add the tomatoes, with their juice and bring to a boil, stirring often. Lower the heat and simmer until as thick as hot cereal, about 30 minutes. Season with salt. The sauce can be refrigerated for up to 1 week and frozen for 6 months.

 

adapted from Mario Batali, Molto Italiano

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