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Four Cheese Ravioli Cooking View

Even though we are very much into the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’re not so much into the going out for dinner and paying too much for a meal I could have made easily at home.  Plus, for me so much of the fun is in the planning and preparation of a nice meal.  I always look forward to coming up with a special meal to celebrate the occasion.  Homemade pasta is certainly an impressive entree that is not nearly as difficult as many people think.  Even filled and shaped pastas like this heart-shaped ravioli are easy and fun to make.  (On that note, are there readers that would be interested in a homemade pasta tutorial?)

I have been making this particular ravioli filling for quite a while, and it is always a winner at our house.  You could certainly use any combination of cheeses that appeals to you.  I’m of the opinion that four cheese anything is going to be delicious :)  Homemade pasta sauce is definitely the way to go here, but I haven’t found one I am completely in love with just yet.  I do have a couple of prime contenders that I plan to try soon, and I will share “the one” as soon as I find it.  The recipe below will yield quite a lot of ravioli (exact amount will vary just depending on the size you make them).  I halved it for our family of three.  Enjoy!

Four Cheese Ravioli
Yield: 2-4 servings

Ingredients

½ cup part-skim ricotta
½ cup shredded mozzarella
½ cup shredded fontina
½ cup shredded parmesan
1 clove garlic, finely minced
¼ tsp. dried oregano
¼ tsp. dried basil
¼ tsp. dried parsley
¼ tsp. salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 batch fresh homemade pasta
Marinara sauce, for serving

Cooking View

Directions

  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the ricotta, mozzarella, fontina, parmesan, garlic, and spices.  Mix well to blend.  Roll out homemade pasta into long, thin sheets.  To make heart-shaped ravioli, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out pasta shapes.  Place about 2 teaspoons of filling in the middle of  half of the heart shapes, leaving a clear edge around the perimeter.  Dip a finger in water and lightly brush around the edges of a heart topped with the filling.  Place one of the remaining pasta hearts on top and press the edges of the pasta shapes together to seal around the filling, being careful to press out any excess air.  Repeat with the remaining dough shapes.

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil.  Cook the ravioli until al dente, about 5 minutes.  Serve in warmed bowls with marinara sauce.

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  • Siunna

    These are absolutely adorable!! Anything with the phrase ‘four-cheese’ in front of it is definitely a winner in my book!

  • Blume

    Oh, yes please, it would be great if you shared a homemade pasta tutorial. I love reading all of your tips and tricks and little stories and I enjoy trying some of the recipes (a few just seem to difficult for me, but it’s still great reading about them!). Thank you for all the time you put into your blog.

  • http://thentherewerefive.wordpress.com M

    Yes to a homemade pasta tutorial!

  • http://kirstenskitchen.ca Kirsten

    Those are so sweet <3
    great pics!

  • http://bakeitafterall.blogspot.com Meghan

    So cute! I’m sure you have plans for other shaped ravioli for Andrew in the future :) I would LOVE a pasta making tutorial! It’s one of the things I’ve never really tried to make but have wanted to for a long time. I can’t decide if I should get the KitchenAid pasta roller attachment or just get a free standing one (which is cheaper)…what do you have and are you happy with it? Thanks!

  • http://www.dianascocina.blogspot.com diana merrell

    I’m coming over for dinner! ;)

  • Annie

    Hi Meghan,
    I have the KitchenAid attachment and love it. I’ve never tried the free-standing one so I can’t compare, I just know I really like the KitchenAid one.

  • Macaire Merkel

    Yes to a homemade pasta tutorial! I’m completely intimidated by the thought of it, but I do love fresh pasta and it would be great to be able to make my own.

  • http://telly21182.blogspot.com/ Angie

    Oh my gosh, I love the heart shape. I’ve been thinking about what to make for Valentine’s Day and I may have to do this! I have so many fresh pasta ideas written down it’s about time I break-down and buy the KA attachment so I’m not using a rolling pin which works but is quite the pain!

  • Tracie

    Another person that would LOVE a pasta tutorial. For some reason, it’s always scared me! lol

  • jeanine

    Yes, please! I would love a pasta tutorial. I’ve wanted to try it forever but fear has stopped me. ; )

  • betchacanteatjustone

    I am doing a special Valentines day lunch for ym 4 year old daughter and her friend on Friday and this will be perfect!

  • http://www.somethingclassicevents.com Danielle

    I would love more pasta making tutorials!! I think I will make this for Valentine’s Day at my house – hopefully my little girl will like it!

  • http://cookiesandcups.blogspot.com shelly (cookies and cups)

    dude, you’re killing me with cuteness! I love these!!

  • jan

    I would absolutely LOVE a homemade pasta tutorial! the heart shaped pasta is adorable! :)

  • Lisa Prather

    These look wonderful! I would love a past making tutorial. It is something I have always wanted to try! BTW, I made your chicken enchilada roll ups and ham and cheese pretzel bites for our Superbowl party and they were a hit! Both were so good! Thank you so much! I love your blog!

  • http://kelseysappleaday.blogspot.com Kelsey

    What a great idea, Annie! I’ve recently made a list of 30 things to make while I’m 30 and homemade pasta is on it. I’d love to see your tips!

  • http://themesspot.blogspot.com Jade

    These are beautiful!! Thanks for the tutorial. I have been wanting to try homemade pasta but have been scared for some reason.

  • http://alittlebitofthisthat.blogspot.com Kim

    i’d love to have a homemade pasta tutorial.

  • Liz

    Yes, please post a tutorial soon. I’d love to see how to do it!

  • http://goodthingscatered.blogspot.com Katie

    That’s so funny!! My coworker just asked me to make heart shaped ravioli for Valentines (she saw it at the store or something). :) Great minds think a like. Yours looks wonderful! :)

  • nutmegnanny

    Such beautiful ravioli :) Totally Valentine’s Day worthy! At first when I looked at your cheese I thought it was herb goat cheese. Which got me thinking…that might not be bad!

  • http://cakebatterandbowl.com Kerstin

    What cute little ravioli! The filling does sound incredible! And yes, I would love a pasta tutorial :) Making homemade pasta is one of my goals this year!

  • http://www.thymeforwine.blogspot.com Rebecca

    Heart-shaped ravioli! Adorable! I would love it if you did a homemade pasta tutorial. We are planning on staying in on Valentine’s Day too… and HE is cooking! What a treat!!!

  • Becca

    OMG this is perfect! I was thinking of making homemade raviolis for Valentine’s Day and this came at the perfect time! 4 cheese sounds so much better than the plain cheese I was going to try.

    And I would love to see a tutorial! I always love to see people tricks and tips.

  • Julie

    Yes, a homeade pasta tutorial, please! I tried once and failed miserably. Do you also have instructions for those that don’t have a pasta maker? Is there a rolling pin method? Thanks!

  • http://wileywifey.com Emily

    Homemade pasta tutorial? Yes, please! These are adorable!

  • http://www.bunsinmyoven.com Karly

    I’ve been wanting to make my own ravioli for awhile now. This looks like a great recipe to try!

    Love the heart shapes. Too cute!

  • http://smittensugar.blogspot.com Krystle

    Oh my god, I love it! These are amazing. I have never made homemade pasta it kind of scares me. I would definitely be interested in a tutorial!

  • http://www.sweet-oven-lovin.com risa

    I love love love these. I’m not so much into celebrating Valentines day but I love doing sweet little things for my daughter! This will be a perfect dinner.

  • http://www.bitemekitchen.blogspot.com Rose

    Beautiful dinner Annie! I absolutely love homemade raviolis! I have a hand-crank free-standing pasta maker that I’ve been using since before I had my KitchenAid. It’s easy, it stores in a small space and is trust worthy – for those who don’t have the KitchenAid ;0) Either will work!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • http://www.ramblingtart.com/ Krista

    Yes, please! I would love a tutorial! :-)

  • http://www.thewellfednewlyweds.blogspot.com Katie @ The Well-Fed Newlyweds

    Those are too cute! I’d never thought about using cookie cutters to shape pasta dough. Probably because I’ve never made homemade pasta dough… I’ve always been a little intimidated. I would love a tutorial!

  • http://spontaneousclapping.blogspot.com Dandy

    I am absolutely interested in a pasta tutorial!

  • http://www.amanda-webb.blogspot.com Amanda

    I would love a tutorial on making homemade pasta!! It’s one of the very few things I’ve never tried, but I’m a carb addict, so it only makes sense that I learn how to make homemade pasta!

  • Dan

    Yes please for a pasta tutorial!

  • Adriana

    Hi,
    I’ve been following your blog recently, and just wanted to say that I love it!
    I also would love a homemade pasta tutorial, because I’m going to try making this recipe for Valentine’s day.

  • http://lieslsconfectiondissection.blogspot.com/ Liesl

    I think I just found what I am making my husband for dinner this weekend! Thanks! They are so cute!

  • http://collegehousewife.blogspot.com/ Natalie

    I would love a homemade pasta tutorial! I have always wanted to try!

  • http://strawberryspice.wordpress.com Jill

    Let me add a resounding “yes” to a pasta tutorial! I am particularly interested in learning how to keep it from sticking to everything in sight!

  • Amber

    I would be very grateful if you did a pasta tutorial. I’ve made homemade pasta twice and it was way too thick!

  • http://www.j3nn.net Jenn (www.j3nn.net)

    Those are adorable! Ravioli is one of my all time favorite foods, ever since childhood. LOVE this! :)

    Jenn

  • Holli

    Hi Annie,

    Love your blog! I would love the tutorial as well. Do you have to have a pasta maker, or can you make it by hand?

    I also thought goat cheese might be good in these – what do you think?

  • Renee

    Could you whip up a pasta tutorial by Sunday? If so, that would be amazing!

  • Diana

    Yes to the pasta tutorial!

  • Kate

    I would love a tutorial!! Do you use the kitchen-aid attachment? I’m tyring to decide if I want to purchase it…

  • Mary

    I would love a pasta tutorial!!

    Not sure what type of sauce you like but this one from the Soprano’s Cookbook is amazing. http://www.recipezaar.com/Sunday-Gravy-43806

  • Marcella

    Yes! Please post a homemade pasta tutorial! That would be great!

  • Dani

    So is this a possible dish if you dont have a pasta roller thing?

  • http://lfinazz1@yahoo.com Liesa

    OH, thank you, thank you for all of your wonderful ideas! I am going to make these for my family on V-Day! My mother-in-law just bought me the kitchen aid pasta attachment for Christmas so this will be perfect to try it out!!

    I also bought all of the supplies today to make the cup cakes in the heart shaped box! In addition, I am making the butterfly cupcakes for my daughters 6 yr b-day. LOVE your blog!! Keep bringing us the unique ideas!!

  • Kathy Nielsen

    I would love a pasta tutorial!!

  • Annie

    Hi Holli,
    I’m sure you could make it by hand, but I think it would take a LOT of time and elbow grease. If you are a fan of goat cheese, I’m sure you would love it. I’m not such a fan myself, so I personally wouldn’t include it.

  • Annie

    Sorry Renee, there is no way. I typically make recipes about one month before they get posted on the blog, and I have all my posts written in advance and scheduled to post on certain days. Also, I’m on call this week so there is no time for homemade pasta!

  • Annie

    Hi Kate,
    Yes, I use the KitchenAid attachment and love it!

  • Annie

    Dani,
    Probably possible but I’m sure it would require a LOT of elbow grease and take quite a bit more time.

  • http://consideringcampbell.com Molly

    I have been reading your blog for quite some time but I just lurk in the shadows without commenting. I have to say, however, that I would LOVE a pasta tutorial. Your step-by-step instructions/pictures for your cookies and whatnot are great and I would love to see something similar for making homemade pasta. Thanks!

  • Marsha

    Thank you so much for all your wonderful ideas and the willingness to share them with all of us. Your blog has become my ‘must-read’ every morning.

    I’ve never tried to make homemade pasta and I’d love to see a tutorial. Better tell my husband to start saving for the KA attachment!

  • http://kitchenkatie.wordpress.com katie

    How cute!! Looks delicious.

  • http://gagainthekitchen.blogspot.com gaga

    How cute! We don’t go out for vday either. This is a great idea!

  • http://caitsartfulliving.blogspot.com Caitlin

    What a great idea for Valentine’s Day! These ravioli are sooo cute. I’ve made homemade ravioli before but never thought to use one of my fun cookie cutter shapes for them instead of just making circles.

  • Caroline

    please do a pasta tutorial!

  • http://myfabulousrecipes.blogspot.com Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes

    This would be a perfect meal for Valentine’s day! :)

  • http://www.unsweetenedcocoa.ca Anna @ unsweetenedcocoa

    Oh, delightful! Heart-shaped ravoli–wow. You get mega props for sheer ingenuity!

  • http://gonnawantseconds.blogspot.com Kathleen

    This are so totally adorable! You are amazing!

  • Sara

    Please Please do a pasta tutorial! I would love to know how to make my own pasta since it’s one of the main dishes we eat.

  • http://weight-watchers-points-recipes.blogspot.com/ Gina

    Annie, what an adorable idea!

  • Lindsey

    Another vote for the pasta tutorial! With all these fabulous posts, I want to make so many things for Valentine’s Day!!

    PS – Thought of you when I just recently saw that the authors of Hello, Cupcake are coming out with a new book this year titled What’s new, Cupcake!

  • http://healthierkindofme.blogspot.com Gab*

    Aw, how cute! I have never made homemade pasta but it’s definitely on my ‘to-do’ list. My husband and I aren’t really into Valentine’s Day, it’s not really a big deal here in Australia, but I think I’ll make him something special for dinner.

  • http://leeksandgeeks.blogspot.com Christine

    With that comment I finally understand your secret! I’ve always been amazed by the regularity of your updates coupled with your residency. I’m sure you’ve seen it, but if you’re still looking for a handy tomato sauce recipe I really can’t recommend enough the recipe Deb from SK had a few weeks ago. It was embarrassingly simple and I still don’t fully understand WHY it’s so damn good: http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/01/tomato-sauce-with-butter-and-onions/#more-5585

  • JoJo

    I don’t know how you do it, you post so often it’s amazing! I made your whoopie pies the other day, I’m going to post them soon. Check it out if you get a chance. I’m always looking at your blog, you truly are a talented inspiration! Happy V day xo!

  • http://cookingupastorminsouthernca.blogspot.com Polly Motzko

    Hello there Annie,
    Leave it to you to having me believe I can actually make ravioli! They look like they were cut with a cookie cutter-I could do that! I never really thought of using cookie cutters to cut ravioli, but as long as the pasta dough is the right texture, it would work.

    (That is the problem I have had, was getting the pasta dough the right texture. I will be reading your Pasta recipe.)

    I have an Atlas Pasta dough maker but have never been able to get the dough the right consistency. I don’t think I have made it with just ordinary all-purpose flour though, and that is what I see even Mario Butali doing.

    I used semolina flour and used a recipe that came out of one of my Culiinary Academy of America books. (I love my books because I read them and use them. God bless my ex-for all that he got me during our 15 year marriage.)

    These are so imaginative and appropriate for Valentine’s Day…or any day you want to let someone know you love them.

    Great job!

    Polly Motzko

  • Annie

    Christine,
    Yes, this has been one of the front-runners on my list of good sauce possibilities. I can’t wait to try it, but I just haven’t had time yet.

  • http://www.kristihane.com Ja Cie Kocham (Kristi)

    How stinkin’ adorable! To be honest, I have NEVER made homemade pasta before and the idea kind of intimidates me. I love that you made hearts of out the pasta. I find that a lot less intimidating than long spaghetti noodles!

    I would definitely be interested in tutorial! It’ll give me the confidence I need to finally make the pasta that I so definitely want to try. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • kimberbro

    I just made my first homemade ravioli and now I’m bumming that I didn’t see your post before! How darn cute are those!!!! Maybe the fam will be ready for ravioli again by Valentine’s Day!! Thanks!

  • Sarah

    Yes! I would love to be able to make homemade ravioli! Please do a pasta tutorial…

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  • Whitney

    I’d love a pasta tutorial! Can it be down without a pasta maker (or whatever you call the equipment that makes it thin)? Love your site!

  • http://www.hartleyconfections.com jessicahartley

    Hi Annie,

    I love these! I put them as the featured Dinner for Two dish on my Valentine’s Day guide.

    http://hartleyconfections.com/index.php/2010/02/best-of-valentines-day/

    Hope you have a great one.

    Jessica

  • http://robertapm28.blogspot.com/ a fan of anything chocolate

    These look delicious! And so clever making them in the shape of a heart. The possibilities are endless. If I just made homemade pasta….although you do make it sound doable. Perhaps someday I shall attempt it.

  • http://jjrappeats.blogspot.com Jeff

    wow, even as a guy I can admit those look pretty tasty and lovely. I should make those so my girlfriend will love me even more!

  • http://tideandthyme.com Laura

    Beautiful! I always make a heart shaped meatloaf for Valentine’s Day, lol. My mom always did it, and the tradition just stuck.

  • smellslikehome

    yes it’s definitely possible! i just made ravioli tonight by rolling the dough out by hand and they came out beautifully! thanks for posting this fantastic filling recipe Annie!!

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  • http:crooksters.blogspot.com Michelle

    yes, to a tutorial. Thanks for such an awesome resource, so many of your recipes are so doable for me!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • teresa

    I have been a lurker on your blog ever since my hubby came home from work talking about how awesome all the food and snacks are that you bring to work. I’ve made quite a few things from your site including our Valentine’s dinner of the four cheese ravioli in the cute little heart shapes. My girls loved making and eating and we served them with a choice of marinara or pesto (or both). Thanks for all the wonderful recipes. I always look forward to what you’re cooking next…t

  • http://meetthekadlecs.blogspot.com Debbie

    I would love a pasta tutorial, I have tried to make them before and they end up all lumpy with filling spilling out! I have a good sauce recipe though if you still need more ideas!

  • http://jeansjourney.blogspot.com jean

    Pasta tutorial? I’m totally there. Is it harder without a pasta press/machine/thingy-ma-jig? :)

  • http://www.daveandrivers.com Rivers

    I would LOVE a pasta tutorial!! We live in Budapest Hungary and I made the conversation hearts to take to a class of studetns learning English. It was great fun and they loved them. Thanks for all the amazing ideas and food!

  • http://www.neohomesteading.com cat

    I’d never thought of making shaped raviolis! That is such an adorable idea!

  • Annie

    Candace,
    The pasta recipe is linked within the post. The tutorial is on its way, as I mention in the post.

  • Kaila

    I absolutely love pasta and raviolis, but I don’t have any kind of fancy machinery to make homemade pasta. I am unsure if you can just buy the pasta and then fill it with your own filling or not. Do you know? Do you think wonton wrappers would work? I have heard of using them for raviolis, just haven’t tried yet. I am not sure if I would need to boil them or steam them as I am sure they would be slightly fragiler (not a word, but it works lol). Any input would be awesome :)..

  • Annie

    Kaila,
    As far as I know you can’t buy the pasta sheets but you don’t need to because they are easy to make on your own. Many people do it without the pasta rollers, though it certainly requires more elbow grease (try Googling it.) Some people use wonton wrappers but in my opinion, I wouldn’t even bother because they taste nothing like pasta and to me, wouldn’t be worth the time.

  • Kristy

    Ok, I can’t wait to make this for dinner :) love the heart shapes. My daughter will devour this :) your amazing!! But I’m sure you knew that!! lol

  • Sara

    making this tomorrow for valentine’s day, thanks!

  • Anh5556

    I love making homemade pasta. tastes so much better than store bought. i love the heart shape idea

  • Rena

    Made this for dinner one night this week, was delicious thanks!

  • trimble

    Any thoughts on freezing just the stuff that goes inside to use later?

  • annieseats

    Should work fine. I’m pretty sure I’ve frozen this.

  • http://twitter.com/martib_ Martina Brew

    so cute :), thanks for the idea!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.mjoness.silha Lisa Mjoness Silha

    my hubby is allergic to eggs. Can you tell me how to make this pasta? Most ravioli in the stores and when we go out to eat he cannot have because it has eggs in it. So I would love to know how to make these with an eggless pasta. Thanks

  • annieseats

    Unfortunately, I have no experience with eggless pasta. I’d try Google. Good luck!

  • disqus_4q2x3EzvwE

    I just made these for dinner tonight, and they were perfect! I don’t have any type of pasta machine, so I had to roll the pasta out by hand. It took some work, but it wasn’t hard, and it was very worth it! I recommend this recipe to anyone :)

  • Lacey H.

    Can I prep the day before and then just cook on Valentine’s Day? I would much rather enjoy the day than spend all my time in the kitchen.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/patti.weyers Patti Weyers

    I made these last night for my husband for our Valentine dinner. Fabulous!!! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  • sophie

    For people who have made this:
    I am trying to find the perfect ravioli recipe. would you recommend this one?
    Thanks! Looks so delicious!

  • sophie

    Also how many does this recipe serve? Thanks!

  • radicallyalyssa

    Absolutely love this!