Squid Ink Ravioli with Roasted Eggplant Filling and Pesto
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Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 5-6 ravioli per serving as a first course
 
These are light, delicate pillows of devilish goodness. With a smoky filling and herbed pesto the striped pasta is fun to make and even better to eat.
Ingredients
Pasta
For the yellow pasta:
  • 1 cup 00 flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 whole egg
  • ½ teaspoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • Squid ink pasta
For the squid ink pasta:
  • 1 cup 00 flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 whole egg
  • ½ teaspoon milk
  • ½ teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 packets squid ink (like this); 0.14 ounces each
  • pinch of salt
Smoked Eggplant Ravioli
  • 2 pounds eggplant
  • 2 ounces fresh mozzarella
  • 1 ounce Parmesan
  • Juice and zest of half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
To Serve
  • Smoked Eggplant Ravioli
  • Smoked cherry tomatoes (4-5 minutes in stovetop smoker with cherry wood), halved
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Basil pesto
  • Parmesan cheese, shaved
  • grated lemon zest
  • toasted pine nuts (optional)
Instructions
Pasta
  1. Add the flour, egg yolk, whole egg, milk, olive oil, squid ink, and salt to your stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix until the dough forms a shaggy ball. Lightly flour your work surface and dump the dough mixture on to your work surface. Knead the dough several minutes until the dough comes together. Wrap in plastic and let rest at least 1 hour.
  2. See photos and instructions above for forming the striped pasta sheets.
Smoked Eggplant Ravioli
  1. Prick each eggplant with a fork a few times. Place eggplants over the flame of a gas stove top. Turn the eggplants from time to time with metal tongs, until the skin is completely charred and the flesh is very soft, about 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, grill the eggplant over a charcoal grill or grill pan.
  2. When cool enough to handle, cut the eggplant in half and scoop out the flesh, making sure not to incorporate any charred bits. Place the eggplant flesh over a colander to drain.
  3. Add the eggplant, along with the mozzarella, Parmesan, lemon juice, red chile flakes, and salt to a food processor. Pulse a few times, until it forms a smooth puree (don't overmix). Transfer the filling to a piping bag.
  4. See instructions above for forming the striped pasta sheets.
To Serve
  1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the ravioli for ~2 minutes.
  2. Heat a non-stick pan over high heat. Add a little pasta water and a splash or two of olive oil to the pan. Add the tomatoes and a generous spoonful of pesto to the pan. With a slotted spoon, transfer the ravioli to the pan, shaking the pan to prevent the ravioli from sticking. Cook a minute or two, until the sauce is thick and reduced. Taste and season with salt. Serve hot with shaved Parmesan, grated lemon zest, and toasted pine nuts (optional).
Recipe by Honest Cooking at https://honestcooking.com/squid-ink-ravioli-roasted-eggplant-filling-pesto/