Valentine's Day Ravioli

I thought since it's Valentine's Day soon I'd make some red ravioli for when our friends came over for dinner. I took it even further and made a heart cookie cutter to put a heart shaped ravioli on top. That's what happens when I have tons of energy and hubs takes a nap- random cookie cutters are made.

It was actually quite neat and the best part is I was able to sneak beets into them to get an all natural red color. Plus trying to convince myself I like beets so lots of cheese and in pasta. I knew that would mask it :)

So tasty! They held together extraordinarily well and my fingertips were dyed pink all night.

3 medium beets
4 cups flour
3 eggs
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese; grated
1/4 cup goat cheese
1/4 tsp salt
pepper to taste
1/2 cup butter

1     preheat oven to 400 degrees F and wrap each beet loosely in aluminum foil
2     roast them for about 45 minutes, until tender
3     peel the beets and put them in a food processor, puree them a bit then add
       each egg one at a time, pureeing after each egg
4     pour the mixture into a mixing bowl and add in the flour, oil, and salt
5     mix until a dough forms, don't overmix, then knead it by hand a few times
6     put out a large sheet of parchment paper and flour it
7     roll out the dough onto the parchment paper to about 1/8" thick
8     with a cookie cutter or pizza dough roller, cut out squares of the dough
9     mix together the cheeses and some pepper in a bowl and get a small bowl of water
10   put about 1 tbs of the cheese filling in the middle of a square, dip your finger in the
       water, and get another dough square's edges dampened.
11   place the dampened dough square on top of the cheese one and press them together
       with your fingers or tines of a fork
12   trim off an extra dough and made sure they are sealed well
13   bring a large pot of water to boiling and drop 1/2 the ravioli in, they are done when
       they float to the top
14    plate the finished ravioli and boil the other half
15    while waiting for them to cook place the butter and a pinch of S&P in a pan and
        cook over medium until browned 8-10 minutes
15    serve with browned butter drizzled over top and maybe a little more parmesan

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