Ricotta-Taleggio Ravioli with Wild Mushroom Sauce
- For the Dough:
- 1 pound all-purpose flour (about 33/4 cups), plus more for dusting
- 5 large eggs
- 3 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt
- Semolina or polenta, for the baking sheet
- For the Filling:
- 2 cups sheep's milk ricotta cheese
- 1 cup diced taleggio cheese
- 3 large eggs
- 1/2 cup grated parmiggiano-reggiano cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- Kosher salt
- For the Sauce:
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
- 1/2 cup diced pancetta
- 3 cloves garlic, smashed
- 1 cup each shiitake, oyster and cremini mushrooms, sliced
- Kosher salt
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
Make the dough. Mound the flour on a large cutting board and make a wide well in the middle. Add the eggs and olive oil and season with salt. Beat the eggs with a fork, then use the fork to break the wall of the well and incorporate the flour into the eggs. Gather the dough into a ball; don't worry if there are lumps.
Knead the dough. Using the heels of your hands, push the dough away from you, then fold it back over itself and push again (put your whole body into it!). Continue kneading until the dough is smooth and supple, 10 to 15 minutes. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let rest at least 1 hour at room temperature.
Roll out the dough. Cut the dough into four pieces. Flatten one piece slightly, then run it through the widest setting on a pasta roller twice, dusting with flour in between if it feels sticky. Fold the length of dough into thirds and run it through the roller two to three more times. Continue running the dough through the roller, reducing the width setting between each run, until you reach the second-to-last setting and the dough is about 1/16 inch thick. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough. Layer half of the dough sheets between parchment paper, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for up to 1 month (you'll only need half of the dough for the ravioli recipe).
Assemble the ravioli. Place the lengths of dough on a floured surface. Lightly brush the lower half of each strip (the part closest to you) with water. Snip the corner off the pastry bag; pipe 1-inch balls of filling, 2 inches apart, onto the lower half of each strip. Fold the dough over the filling to meet the bottom edge. Press around each ball of filling with your index fingers, making sure there are no air bubbles. Cut out the ravioli using a 2-to-3-inch round fluted cutter. Transfer to a baking sheet dusted with semolina.
Make the sauce. Drizzle olive oil into a large deep pan. Add the pancetta and garlic and place over medium-high heat. When the garlic is light brown and fragrant, discard it. When the pancetta is crisp, add the mushrooms, season with salt and saute until the mushrooms are soft and wilted, about 5 minutes. Pour in the chicken stock, season with salt and cook until the sauce is reduced by half. Add the butter and cook, shaking the pan, until the sauce thickens and looks velvety. Season with salt, if necessary.
Cook the ravioli. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil; add the ravioli and cook 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer with a skimmer or slotted spoon to the pan with the sauce. Bring the sauce to a boil, shaking the pan. Sprinkle in the cheese and swirl to combine. Garnish with chives and more cheese.
Photographs by David A. Land
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