Shrimp stuffed ravioli with basil

Yield: 4 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 tablespoons Butter
1 medium Onion, finely chopped
1 each Garlic, clove, finely chopped
4 mediums Tomatoes, skinned, seeded and coarsely chopped
9 ounces Flour
1 large Egg
1 tablespoon Butter, unsalted, melted
½ cup Puree, basil ***
2 cups Cream, heavy
2 tablespoons Cheese, Parmesan, grated
½ pounds Shrimp, fresh, peeled, deveined, chopped
\N \N Pepper, cayenne
\N \N Pepper, white
\N \N Salt
¼ cup Water
1 teaspoon Salt
\N \N Egg wash **
\N \N Salt (to taste)
\N \N Pepper (to taste)

FILLING

PASTA

SAUCE

** Egg wash is made of 1 egg, a dash of olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

*** In a blender, add fresh basil to 1 tablespoon of white wine.

Filling: ========

Melt the butter in a saute pan, then cook the onion, and garlic in the butter for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and shrimp, heat to a gentle boil, then simmer for 15 minutes.

Add cayenne pepper, salt, and white pepper to taste, then cook for 35 minutes. Set aside in a refrigerator until cold.

Pasta: ======

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and egg. Mix slowly, adding cooled melted butter, water, and salt. Mix only enough to incorporate, then run through a pasta machine to form thin sheets.

(Mixing too much will result in a tougher pasta.) Sauce: ======

Reduce basil puree by one-half. Add cream, reduce to a smooth consistency, and remove from heat. Add Parmesan cheese, salt and white pepper. Strain and reserve. (Sauce should be of a medium consistency.)

Assembly: =========

Lay buttered sheet of parchment paper on your work surface.

Onto the parchment, place one sheet of pasta and brush it with egg wash.

Place a large spoonful of filling about every 4 inches on the pasta sheet. Lay a second sheet of pasta over the top and form tightly around the filling, then brush with egg wash.

Cut around piles of filling and parchment to form raviolis. Place raviolis in saute pan, and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook al dente. (Your best bet to know when the ravioli is done correctly is to take a piece of the dough that isn't used for the sheets, insure that it is the same double thickness as the final raviolis, and add it to the pan as you cook the ravioli. You can use this "spare" piece to judge the al dente qualities of the cooked raviolis.)

Place cooked ravioli on a plate and cover with sauce. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and chopped tomato.

Source: Great Chefs of San Francisco, Avon Books, 1984 Chef: Jacky Robert, Ernie's, San Francisco, CA

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