Egg Yolk Ravioli on a Bed of Basil Marinara Sauce

July 7, 2016

We love eating breakfast for dinner, and do so often, considering all the eggs we collect from our chickens. 

This recipe comes together pretty quickly, making it a perfect middle of the week dinner. It's the perfect opportunity to use both fresh tomatoes from the garden and fresh eggs from your coop! 

You don't want to overcook the ravioli, but instead make sure the yolks are still a bit runny, so the golden orange goodness seeps out and mixes with the delicious marinara sauce as soon as you cut into the ravioli.

For the Marinara

(makes about a quart)
Adapted from a recipe in the booklet that arrived with my HarvestPro Sauce Maker the Jardin/Ball Canning company sent me in exchange for this post.

15-18 medium tomatoes, cored and rough chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 teaspoons salt (to taste)
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

In a heavy saucepan, cook tomatoes, onion, and garlic for 10 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside to cool.
When cool, use the HarvestPro Sauce Maker to process the mixture, following the instructions included with the appliance, (or just rough chop the tomatoes with a knife and break them up with a wooden spoon a bit, then return the sauce to the saucepan and bring to a boil. 

Turn down the heat to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens. Stir in the basil and set aside.

(Note: you can easily double, triple or quadruple this recipe and can the extra sauce using a standard water bath procedure.) 

For the Ravioli

(makes 8 ravioli)

By using store bought eggroll or wonton wrappers, you can cut way down on the prep time, but if you're ambitious, you can make homemade pasta sheets to use for this recipe.  Either way, you're going to need a 3" biscuit cutter to achieve the size circles called for. 

You can get two 3" circles from each standard eggroll wrapper. Use a sharp paring knife to cut around the outline of the biscuit cutter if needed.
16 - 3" circles of dough (eggroll, wonton or pasta)
8 eggs
1/2 Cup ricotta cheese
1 Tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tablespoon shredded mozzarella cheese
1 Tablespoon fresh minced basil
Salt and pepper to taste
Cornmeal, for dusting
Stir the Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses into the ricotta in a small bowl, mix well and season to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon a scant Tablespoon of the mixture onto each dough circle and make an indentation in the center with the back of the spoon. 
Carefully break the eggs, one at a time (set aside the white of one egg), and carefully set a yolk into each indentation. 

Sprinkle the yolks with the fresh basil, then using a pastry brush, brush along the edges of each circle with reserved egg white and top with a second circle, pressing the edges together firmly with your fingers to seal them, being careful not to break the yolk.  

Set each ravioli on a cutting board dusted with cornmeal to rest while you assemble the remaining ravioli.
Bring a pot of salted water to a gentle boil, then carefully slide each ravioli into the water using a slotted spoon. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the yolk is soft set. Using the slotted spoon, remove the ravioli and place each on top of a plate of the marinara sauce. 

Garnish with fresh basil leaves, a sprinkling of sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
One ravioli makes a nice appetizer course - or serve 3-4 per person for a main course.

Step-by-step instructions:

Mix the filling and cut the wonton wrappers to size. 
Make a well in the middle of a Tablespoon of the filling on each wrapper. 
Carefully crack the eggs, one at a time, separating the yolk.
Place the yolk gently in the well of the filling.

Brush the edges with egg white and press together firmly to seal the filling inside. 
Set each ravioli on a corn-meal dusted cutting board to rest while you assemble the others.

Cook the ravioli, then carefully remove from the boiling water and set on a bed of the marinara.

Oh and one last tip: Save those plastic flip-tops from the green Parmesan cheese shaker containers. 

They fit perfectly on Ball canning jars, so you can 'class it up' a little and serve some grated Parmesan on the side in a mason jar with a shaker cap! #lifehack

Disclosure: I was provided a free FreshTECH HarvestPro Sauce Maker by the company in exchange for sharing this post, but was not compensated further and all opinions are my own and not in any way influenced by the remuneration received.

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