Friday, March 14

Roasted Beet Ravioli with Goat Cheese and Herbs



I get a tad frustrated from time to time, I enjoy cooking and baking so much. But when I try to post recipes that get more pins and page views on my blog, I tend to steer away from the things I love to make.

I've noticed over the years, that recipes that I am most proud of get viewed the least amount of times. However simple recipes like S'more Dip, or Sriracha Chicken Fingers get shared over and over. I love the traffic they generate (this is a business after all traffic = income) but they are not as fun to prepare in my opinion.

When I started my blog in 2011, I wanted to challenge myself and others. I wanted to share my love for food, improve my skills and encourage my following to do the same.

The general public is too busy to take time to improve their skills. We all have jobs, family and obligations that keep us from doing things we love. A lot of people love cake mixes, quick fixes and  20 minutes meals. I don't hate those things either! I love dinners that are easy to prepare. They have a HUGE spot in my life considering I do not have time to make a gourmet dinner every night of the week. But to blog them is just not nearly as fun for me

Today's recipe, probably will hardly get any page views because, it's homemade pasta (ain't nobody got time for that!), and it contains goat cheese. My fans are not huge on goat cheese..... and given the results of a recent poll on facebook. Many people detest beets!

But I just don't care.... facebook followers be darned. I want to share some beets, homemade pasta AND goat cheese. I will still mix it up from time to time and blog something fun and easy..... but for today I'm blogging for my enjoyment.




Try this recipe, you may surprise yourself and find something new that you enjoy eating. Most of all you may learn a new skill. Pasta making is time consuming, but it is so fun. I put music on and get to rolling and shaping and am able to tune out the chaos of everything around me.




Roasted Beet Ravioli with Goat Cheese and Herbs
Recipe adapted from my Pumpkin Ravioli

Ingredients:
For the pasta:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup semolina flour (if you don't have it, sub for all purpose)
1/2 cup beet puree ( I roast my beets first, directions to follow)
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp  salt

For the filling:
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup chevre (goat cheese)
1 tbs fresh thyme (stems removed)
1 tbs diced chives
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 tsp salt

For the topping:
1/2 cup of unsalted butter, browned (directions to follow)
salt and pepper to taste
garnish with fresh herbs

Directions:
  
  1. In the bowl of your electric mixer, using your dough hook attachment mix both types of flour, salt, eggs and beet puree together on medium speed until a dough forms and is barely sticky. If you have to you can add 1 tbs of semolina flour in at a time if it is too sticky. 
  2. Knead dough by hand a couple of times to just to ensure is the right consistency. Cover and allow to rest for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. While the dough is resting prepare your filling.
  4. In a mixing bowl, using a fork mix all of the filling ingredients together, set aside until ready to fill ravioli. 
  5. Break off 2 inch balls of dough and flatten with your hands into a disk. Feed through your pasta roller. I use my KitchenAid attachment. You can also roll it out by hand using a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface.
  6.  Once dough has gone through the roller, fold in half and feed through the roller again. Repeat the fold and roll process 5 or 6 times or until the dough is smooth. 
  7.  Once dough is rolled, lay on a lightly floured surface using a sharp knife, cut into 1 1/2-2 inch wide rectangles OR use a ravioli press (I happen to own one)
  8.  Fill  the center of one end of pasta with about 1/2 tbs of your filling. Fold the opposite end up and seal ravioli with a fork.(or again use the press)
  9. Drop into a pot of boiling water, and boil for about 3 minutes or until they float to the top. Strain and place into your serving dish.
  10.  Serve with brown butter, fresh herbs, salt and pepper to taste. 
*To roast your beets, preheat oven to 400 degrees, place beets in a baking dish (skin on, greens removed) drizzle with olive oil, and roast until fork tender. Depending on the size of your beets baking times may vary. Mine took 20 minutes. After the beets are fork tender, remove from oven and cool until they are safe to handle. Run under cold water, and using your thumb rub the skin off. Puree in a food processor, or potato ricer.*
*To prepare brown butter, heat butter in a small sauce pan over medium/low heat. Melt and allow it to slightly brown until it starts to get a nutty/toffee scent. Remove from heat and use as directed.*
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42 comments:

  1. I agree with the simple recipe thing. People love them. I also love these raviolis!

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    1. People do love easy and simple! We are all too darn busy to do complicated dishes 7 days a week!

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  2. these look amazing and I am not against making homemade pasta or beets!!!

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    1. Woohoo. Glad you love both, I do too. ;)

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  3. I agree, we're all swayed by overanalyzing what's going to hit or not hit. Oh but this recipe? This is a homerun in my opinion. I LOVE beets. I LOVE goat cheese. So at least you have one fan. Stay true to your heart and blog with your gut. XO

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    1. I'm glad you think it's a homerun in Heidi! Over thinking what to post ruins everything haha. I have to stop checking my numbers for a bit and breath.

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  4. Well.. at least they are beautiful! I'm obsessed with goat cheese.

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  5. Well, you found a beet lover here! I absolutely love beets, beet ravioli sounds fabulous too!!!

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    1. Thanks Lori! I love them too... my favorite food actually.

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  6. Wait! We (hubby and I) love beets and goat cheese and pasta! Ok. Perhaps I didn't raise a beet-loving child, but she's not here anymore. I've never made homemade pasta, except for those pasta machine things from many years ago (which bit the dust). Stephie insists that it's easy, so I plan on giving this a try (using the rolling pin method). They look awesome!! Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. WHAT she doesn't like beets? Crazy girl ;)

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    2. I know!! Her boyfriend doesn't, either. Sigh. Well, considering that there are very few foods she doesn't like, I've forgiven her. Plus, it's more beets for us!

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  7. Wow, this looks amazing! I love the perfect balance of flavors!!!

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  8. Love the stunning purple colour! And I can't think of anything better to stuff ravioli with than goat's cheese - it's my absolute favourite :)

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  9. I have no idea why people would not like beets. I post them ALL the time and why?....because I love them and that's what matters! I wouldn't even know how to post recipes to get pins...just doesn't make sense to me. I post recipes that I love, eat, have fun making and hopefully have some kind of history behind it. Anyway...I LOVE your beet ravioli..I love beets, homemade pasta and goat cheese. A total win :)

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    1. They are actually my favorite food. OBsessed! I am often thinking of what will be popular next and to be honest, it always stresses me out. The recipes I post, are ones that I like. I just often chose NOT to post something I really enjoy because I know it won't do well numbers wise.

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  10. This ravioli is so gorgeous and sounds insanely delicious! I like having more complicated recipes to try on a rainy weekend day or during the holidays. This looks worth the extra effort!

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  11. These are stunning! Absolutely beautiful, and I bet they taste amazing! I've never made homemade pasta but it's on my bucket list! So glad you posted this, despite numbers. It's your blog after all :)

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  12. This looks fantastic, I can't wait for fresh beets this summer. For all you beets lover try putting them on a BQ hamburger instead of a tomato SO good. That is how they served them when we went to New Zealand and now I always want a beet on my burgers.

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  13. I mayn't speak for most of your readers, but I adore goat cheese and I really like beets (especially golden beets). I'll save this recipe for when I have a bit of time!

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  14. Ahhh these are beautiful! I love love love goat cheese! With spring right around the corner I bet these would also be amazing as a cold pasta salad!

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  15. This is so beautiful and creative. I've been meaning to make homemade ravioli and I'm glad you have inspired me to get on it. And I do agree, my blog has slowly driven me away from yeh challenging things and from time to time I question why I even do it coz I thought I wanted to push myself in the kitchen.

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  16. I love beets and have been looking for some good things to make. I have 20 ft of beets almost ready to pull from the garden. Can't wait!!

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    1. My husband and I have also planted beets in our vege garden. I have been a nutritionist for more years than I care to say and I am always looking for good recipes for the less popular (the geek vege's of the garden) yet far more nutritious vegetables. I have never attempted to make homemade pasta before but this recipe sounds so delicious, I am inspired. I am certain my husband will appreciate my efforts as he is a great beet lover since I first introduced him to this powerhouse of nutrition. Maybe he will be inspired to purchase me a pasta machine! I do have a question though, does anyone have a trustworthy recipe for fresh pasta made with whole grains? I am thinking of trying to incorporate some freekeh or kamut in the dough. Thoughts?

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  17. This wasn't nearly as scary (prep work wise) as I thought it was going to be! I was able to do it all in my food processor and while I didn't have goat cheese handy, I did make tofu "ricotta" and it the flavors were SUPER tasty! Now I have a new dish to show off! Thank you! :)

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    1. Your comment made my day! Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed it, pasta making can be fun!!

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  18. These are gorgeous! I much prefer this kind of a recipe to siracha chicken fingers! I hope you post more like this!

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  19. I always prefer the from scratch recipes to the 'here is something different you can do with a box' recipes. I already have a beet pasta that I Love. It is a beet gnocchi from farmgirl gourmet, and these look like they will easily join my favorites.

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  20. This looks absolutely delicious! Love the combination ;-)
    - Anna
    anna-mad.blogspot.dk

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  21. so... I want to make this tonight, however last night I attempted not once, but twice... to roast the beets... both times they were in for over an hour and still so hard... what am i doing wrong??? OR.. may I use canned beets? HELP lol

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  22. sooo... I am trying to make this for tonight, and last night I tried to roast the beets, not once, but twice... they were in @ 400 for over an hour and still so hard... what am i doing wrong? May I use canned beets instead? HELP! lol

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    1. No don't used canned beets, ew. If your beets are not cooking after over an hour... two things, either your oven is broken, or you are using the most massive beets ever. Cut them into smaller pieces perhaps?

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  23. This looks lovely, I love home made pasta, beets and goats cheese! How many ravioli does it make roughly? x

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  24. I'm going to give this a try as we love beets and this looks delicious! I plan to include the beet leaves on the side. Maybe sautéed with some pine nuts.

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