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Tuesday
Jun042013

Easy Asparagus Ravioli and a Magimix Food Processor Giveaway!

What would I do without my food processor in the kitchen?  Honestly, I don't know.  I absolutely love to make pestos in it and pie dough and grind cheese.   I puree fruit, make fillings, grind herbs, and blend sauces in it.  It's just a workhorse.  And it's always been a Cuisinart.  Until now.  The good folks at Magimix by Robot-Coupe sent me a Magimix food processor to try and I absolutely love it.  And because I love it so much, they are going to ship one (in stainless steel) to one of you lucky readers.  This is a $400 machine and you could have one in your kitchen!

 

Robot Coupe has been making food processors for decades, mostly for commercial use. Now Magimix by Robot-Coupe is selling a series of models for home use that are really great.  I have the 14-cup model, which is what they will send the winner of this giveaway. It comes with three nesting bowls, which I love.  There is a small bowl for small jobs, a medium bowl for using the discs to shred or slice items, and a large bowl with a large blade for big jobs.  One of the things I do most often in my food processor is make pestos and the first step in making the pesto is usually to put the hard cheese in the food processor and grind it.  This machine does the job better than my Cuisinart, which I couldn't believe.  Every task I've thrown at it, it has performed with flying colors.  And I just love the design and how easy it is to use. One of the other things I really like about the food processor is the little storage unit they give you for the extra blades and the discs. It's really nice and keeps everything organized.  Included in the set comes two blades, one dough blade, two grating discs, two slicing discs, a blender whisk attachment, an egg whisk and a spatula.  Quite a set. 

To enter this giveaway, just scroll down to the end of this post and use the Giveaway Widget.  All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment (via the widget) about what you would look forward to making with  the food processor. If you want to have additional chances to win, you can also use the widget to like me on my Facebook Fan Page or Pinterest or to like Magimix on their Facebook page.  So you can have multiple chances to win! (You must be a resident of the United States.) A winner will be selected randomly.

As for this recipe, these ravioli are super easy and fun to make because you can use the wonton wrappers that I've used before for pasta sheets that are such a convenience.  You find them in the refrigerated produce section of your grocery store.  The filling is a snap to make in the food processor and the ravioli cook up in about 3 minutes!

 

Asparagus Ravioli

makes about 24 ravioli

 

 

for a printable recipe click here

you will need a 3" biscuit cutter

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces fresh asparagus, divided
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 8 green onions, chopped, white and light green parts only
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoons ground black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon red hot chili pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives, divided
  • 1½ ounces pecorino cheese (or any other hard cheese you like)
  • 4 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package won ton wrappers, about 50 wrappers (I use Nasoya)
  • 2 tablespoons butter

look how easy and fun these ravioli are to make using ready made wonton wrappers!

Instructions:

Take 6 ounces of the asparagus and chop into thirds. In a large fry pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and the green onions and cook over medium low heat for about two minutes.  Add the 6 ounces of asparagus, sea salt, and peppers and stir. Add about 1/4 cup of water to the vegetables, cover with a lid and cook for about 8 minutes, or until the asparagus is completely tender. (If your heat is too high, the water may completely cook off so check it - add a little water if needed so the asparagus doesn't burn.) Once the asparagus is soft, remove the lid and cook for a minute or so just until the liquid has completely evaporated. Add 1 tablespoon of the chopped chives. Transfer to a bowl to completely cool. Don't bother washing the fry pan - you can use it again for the sauce for serving if you want.

Place the pecorino cheese in a food processor and process until finely ground.  Add the ricotta cheese, the egg and the cooled asparagus mixture and process until smooth, scraping down the sides with a spatula.  

Place a wonton wrapper on the counter (I like to work with four at a time).  Add a rounded teaspoon of the asparagus puree to the middle of the wrapper.  With a little pastry brush, or even your finger, brush water all around the wonton wrapper.  Lay another wrapper on top and, making sure all the air is pushed out, press down to seal all around the filling.  Press the biscuit cutter on top and push down.  Place the finished ravioli on a flour lined baking sheet.  Repeat with remaining wonton wrappers and filling.  Lightly cover the ravioli with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. (If you're going to refrigerate for a long time, like all day, make sure there is plenty of flour on the bottom of the baking sheet. The filling will eventually make the bottom of the ravioli a little wet and they will stick if you aren't careful).  

To serve:  Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Take the remaining 6 ounce of asparagus and, starting from the bottom of the spears, cut into coins, leaving the tips intact.  Heat the remaining olive oil and the butter in the large saute pan. Add the asparagus and 1/4 cup of water and cover, cooking gently until the asparagus is tender. Turn heat down to low.

Add the ravioli with a long handled strainer or spider, a few at a time, into the boiling water.  Allow to simmer but not boil, for about 3 minutes.  (If you boil vigorously, the ravioli can burst).  Remove with the strainer and add to the asparagus in the saute pan.  Gently stir, coating the ravioli in the oil and butter. Repeat with remaining ravioli. 

Turn ravioli out on a serving dish and garnish with the remaining chopped chives.

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Reader Comments (121)

I would love to make my Grandmother's pie crust recipe. Se always made the most amazing pies that everyone went crazy for so I hope to carry on the tradition!

June 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarcy

I would make everything!!! I need a new processor...mine gave out & I haven't gotten a new one!!

June 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDonna S.

I like to make homemade Italian Sausage using chicken in a coarse grind and flavor it with seasonings that my Italian father-in-law taught me. Also make many soups from scratch. This machine makes chopping vegetables so easy and less time consuming.

Ravioli is easy to make ahead and freezes well. Just freeze on a cookie sheet, and place in a plastic bag. It is ready to cook when you are.

June 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

awesome! i would love one of these!
i'd make pies, crusts, crisps-

June 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterruffmagic@gmail.com

What a beautiful recipe! I would try the asparagus ravioli first with a new processor.

June 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterolivia

So versatile! Would make carrot brown bread, zucchini bread, pizza dough, artisan breads, pie crust, dips, scones - could go on forever!

June 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda M

I've been so wanting a magimix ever since I saw one in a Napa Style catalog many years back. Also, I've never had a food processor. One of the first things I would make would be my killer chicken liver pate recipe. After cleaning it out, I would make strawberry cream pops for our daughter. Next up, this easy asparagus ravioli recipe I just read about. ;)

June 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermommy1.618

Can't wait to try making these ravioli! LOVE asparagus!

June 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

such a wonderful opportunity for a truly useful machine,
especially for someone who always cooks from scratch
and does it all by hand.

Hopeful in Vermont !

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBianca

After reading your post I cooked this for my children, they enjoyed the dish to the fullest, I never thought they will eat asparagus.

June 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

I would use it to mix savory fillings, bacon jam, and other wonderful foods.

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCathy

I would use the processor to make salsas, sauces, ravioli fillings... yum =)

June 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterViet Ly

Owning a Magimix would be most wonderful !

June 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBianca

Such an amazing and generous giveaway,the question for me would be "what wouldn't I make?"any dough imaginable(homemade pizza night would be a greater success for sure)and Sunday morning cinnamon rolls,pasta of every shape and size for Sunday dinners,and every sauce and salsa variety imaginable,and such a great time of the year for this,with all of the fresh produce and herbs from our garden.I would be positively delighted to win such an incredible piece of cooking equipment,thanks so much for the opportunity,and always sharing such wonderful blog

June 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertracey

Making natural nut butters, like peanut butter and almond butter, are easy to do -- IF you have a machine with enough power, and so many of the cheaper machines can't handle the workload. I know my 14-cup Cuisinart can't. It also has trouble making bread crumbs from stale bread cubes, grating Parmesan cheese, and making a 3-ball batch of pizza dough.

June 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

scrolling through the comments, I did not see one from Angelica Silvers, winner of the Magimix Food Processor Giveaway. Makes me really think about this whole idea of give aways.

June 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercjmark

From The Italian Dish:

cjmark: If you read the post, the comment was supposed to be left via the Giveaway Widget, not in the comments on this post. There were over 1,200 comments left via the Widget. Hope this helps.

June 22, 2013 | Registered Commenter[Elaine]

I would love the chance to use this for everything from Bolognese sauce to pesto, and beyond!

June 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCat Ballou

EASY answer to what uses I would put the luscious looking MAGIMIX Food Processor to - it's much less difficult to count the ways in which I would not find use for all it's versatility! WOW, it's gorgeous!!!

June 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Well my uses are endless. I make salsa, chop vegetables. I also use it for left over dry bread which I make my own bread crumbs. I make dough and anything that can be chopped, pureed, mixed or ground down I would use this fabulous processor.

July 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathy C

With this food processor I can sneak in heart healthy beans and vegetables.My husband would be clueless.Having to change his diet is not easy.He hates beans,and a lot of veggies.

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJean Abram

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