I have solved the classic summer dilemma of craving homemade Italian food when it’s 80 degrees and humid outside. Sometimes, turning on the stove on a sticky New England summer evening is just too much. We often end up grilling (yum) and having salad (also yum), but sometimes you just want a solid combination of pasta, sauce, and lots of cheese. When the craving strikes over the next few months, make this recipe. I promise you’ll get the best of both worlds 🙂
Zucchini ravioli! This definitely was kind of tricky to start off with, mostly because I am clumsy and impatient (remember this post?). But oh my goodness, this dinner was so worth the initial struggle! It was my first time using a mandoline slicer, so some pieces did not come out right, but eventually we got the technique down! Or at least my mom did…
I also baked a mini lasagna with the extra zucchini slices and ricotta cheese!
- 4 zucchini (about 1 pound or so)
- 1 tub (15 oz.) part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves
- salt to taste
- Slice zucchini using a mandoline slicer. The slices should be 1/8-1/16″ thick. Your slicer should have measurement marks on it.
- Lay zucchini slices flat on a baking sheet or tray. Season with salt. Let sit for 10 minutes.
- Pat the zucchini dry with a paper towel to absorb any moisture.
- Mix ricotta cheese, basil, and a pinch of salt (or to taste) in a medium bowl.
- Using four piece of zucchini at a time, “weave” the strips together, so that they make a basket-weave pattern in the center. Lay two slices vertical and two horizontal, and overlap them like you would if you were folding the flaps of a box top.
- Put a heaping spoonful of the ricotta mixture into the middle.
- Fold the ends of the zucchini over each other into the center to cover the cheese and complete the ravioli.
- Serve cold or room temperature, with sauce, cheese, or any other toppings!
I put mine over some gluten free pasta with red pepper flakes and Parmesan cheese! The leftovers will keep in the fridge for a couple of days, and make a great lunch 🙂
So enjoy these hot summer nights, and start practicing with that mandoline slicer!
Peace, love, and raviolis,