Saturday, May 8, 2010

Comfort Food

The other day I heard pasta being described as "glue paste" only useful for children's craft projects. While I must say that pasta does not have huge health benefits - I just love it! One of my favourite meals is a traditional spaghetti bolognaise.

But if I have time I love to make speciality stuffed and baked pastas. Last night I made spinach and ricotta ravioli...all I had to pay for was the flour and parmesan. What a bonus.

First step:
Cut some spinach from your spinach patch. We have bright lights this year and I love their red and yellow veins.

Rinse, chop and steam the spinach and combine with ricotta (or homemade cream cheese works just as well), a handful grated parmesan, salt, black pepper and 1 egg.

Second step:
Collect 4 eggs for your faithful chickens and make your pasta.

Third step:
Take out your prepared tomato pasta sauce from the freezer and defrost. Then heat in a pan.

Fourth step:
Make the ravioli, boil it and then serve with a generous helping of sauce and grated parmesan.

Nothing like it! Child's glue paste or not, I call it comfort food!


Lois Evensen said...

Oh, it sure looks like comfort food to me, too! If we only ate what was really good for us we would starve to death in a flurry of boredom! Thanks for the great recipe. :)


Tanya said...

I think pasta is a long way from children's glue paste. It's such a wonderful vehicle for other flavours and really versatile. If you make your own its protein enriched. I thought you did a good job with the ravioli. I remember once I found a recipe for salmon and ricotta ravioli with kaffire lime butter disaster! Took a long time for me to get back on that horse again!