Friday, May 31, 2013

Worth the Wait

I am finally getting around to posting pics of a marvelous dinner at my pal Laurie's house. She is a busy lady with 3 teenagers so there is not always time to slow down and appreciate a wonderful glass of something while cooking a great meal. I am fortunate that every once in awhile she'll give me a buzz and we create together in her professional home kitchen. Who doesn't love to see a great KitchenAid mixer, copper pans, a big bubbling pots of pasta water, certainly no one I know ! I had been meaning to post this long ago but wanted to get the name of the book where the recipe came from and when I got it I completely procrastinated before typing it in to the old computer. 
The recipe comes from a book called "Italy the Beautiful" by Lorenza Di'Medici.
If you ever run across a copy buy it if only for the pictures, truly a sumptuous read !
We made homemade ravioli with pumpkin filling and a sage butter sauce. To die for ....The filling is roasted pumpkin, pecorino romano cheese and wait for it... crushed amaretti cookies. Yummmmm. A simple sauce of browned butter sauteed sage leaves and a dash of cheese as a topping completed the delicious meal. Do yourself a favor if only once in your life, grab your kids, your husband or a friend  and make homemade pasta. Have some Prosecco while you are making it. It's well worth the effort.

Preparing the pumpkin for roasting
Cut into manageable pieces and roast until tender
The amaretti cookies
Brendan helping by smashing the cookies in a plastic bag

Making the pasta dough
filling on the rolled dough

The filled raviolis
Finished with the sauce

That special drink Prosecco, OJ and St. Germain !

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