Strawberry Ravioli with Balsamic and Basil

Strawberry Ravioli with Balsamic and Basil (via abeautifulmess.com) Do you remember when I shared that homemade kale pasta recipe? That was fun, right? Ever since I’ve been wanting to make other flavored-infused pastas. Should be simple enough, I mean I already made that kale one and that turned out great. I started dreaming about something slightly sweet, maybe with berries. Finally I decided to try to make some kind of ravioli inspired by strawberry Caprese salads because those are just too good.

First batch – too dry and kind of ho-hum tasting.

Second batch – too wet. The dough actually stuck all over my pasta rollers, and I had to let the dough that got stuck deep in the cracks dry out before I could chip it all out and clean them. AHHHHH.

This also means each time I was thinking I was about to eat pasta, and I was massively let down.

Third time turned out to be the charm for this one. The lesson: when you think something is going to be easy, it might not be, but just try to chill and also have a snack before you freak out because you’re really hungry and your dinner plan just turned into a soggy mess of dough stuck all over your kitchen.

Strawberry Ravioli with Balsamic and Basil (via abeautifulmess.com) Even if you’re not a homemade pasta maker, you can probably appreciate the lesson I went through. Life is a series of mistakes, failures, successes, and hopefully some edible carbs here and there. A wise person will take it all in stride. A less wise person will freak out and yell at her pasta attachment.

I might be the latter. But I’ll never tell. 🙂

How to make ravioliStrawberry Ravioli with Balsamic and Basil, serves 2-3 as a meal or many as an appetizer

12 strawberries (about 6.5 oz)
2 tablespoons water
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 eggs

For the filling:
8 oz. ricotta cheese
2 oz. shredded mozzarella
2 cloves of garlic, minced
salt + pepper

For serving:
balsamic vinegar reduction (homemade or store-bought)
fresh basil
Parmesan cheese

First, cut the tops off the strawberries. Add those and the water to a food processor or good blender and puree. You should have around 3/4 cup liquid or a little less.

In a large bowl, measure out the flour and create a well in the center. Add the eggs to the well. Pour in the strawberry mixture and stir until a dough ball begins to form. Use your clean hands and a floured surface to knead the dough for 2-3 minutes. Cover and allow the dough to rest for at least 10 minutes.

How to make strawberry pastaIn the meantime, in a medium bowl, stir together the ricotta, shredded mozzarella, minced garlic, and a generous sprinkle of both salt and pepper. Set aside.

Roll the dough out until very thin. I used my KitchenAid pasta roller attachment and rolled each piece to level 3. If you want to read more about rolling out pasta, click here.

Place one sheet of pasta on a lightly floured cutting board or work surface you can cut on. Spoon or use a pastry bag to add small dots (about 1/2 tablespoon) of filling. Place another sheet on top, and use a pizza cutter or pasta cutter to cut out the ravioli, trapping the filling in the center.

To cook, boil the ravioli in salted water for 5 minutes (fresh pasta cooks faster than dry pasta). Check a piece for doneness and strain.

Strawberry Ravioli with Balsamic and Basil (via abeautifulmess.com)Drizzle on the balsamic vinegar reduction, sprinkle on some fresh basil, and top with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy the fruits of your labor. 🙂 Happy pasta making! xx. Emma

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

  • Very good flavor combo!! Mine didn’t turn out very pink, but Whatcha gonna do? Haha. Dough was a little sticky and a learning curve to work with, but after a while and with some patience it came together! I also added some spinach to the filling and it was very tasty!! Great recipe!

  • What an absolutely amazing idea! I will definitely try this as soon as I am back from Korea and have access to a kitchen again (it’s been 4 months and about damn time!)

    Leah // www.sunmoonwars.com

  • wow looks so interesting!
    Izzy | https://plantbasedizzy.wordpress.com/

  • Do you think the recipe would still work if I subbed in the appropriate amount of gluten free flour? Looks amazing!!

  • i like your creativity…it looks delicious.Though i have never thought of preparing strawberry ravioli with balsamic and basil.am going to try it and share the pictures.

  • Well this is a first. I have never thought of making strawberry ravioli =o) Pinning for later!

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  • WOW these actually look amazing! I will definitely have to give this recipe a try 🙂 Thanks for the lovely idea ladies.

    Arin || www.heartofchic.com

  • This looks like an amazingly fun challenge! I will most definitely be giving it a try 🙂

  • I love this idea! I wonder if it would work with raspberry….
    This could also be the coolest dessert ever if you fill it with chocolate ganache!

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  • I’m so into this. I want to fill strawberry raviolis with cannoli filling and top it with a fudge sauce and mascarpone – maybe deep fry them? Have you ever made chocolate pasta for dessert? I made chocolate spaghetti with my SILs pasta maker and the whole family thought it was a hit.

  • Yummy, so interesting! Also, compliments on your food photos from the last several recipes, Emma!!! <3

  • That’s a super interesting flavour combination, I bet it tastes amazing!
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  • Just came from straberry picking…surely I will give a try to make it 🙂

    Thanks for sharing
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  • OMG! It’s looking very testy.. and I shared it at pinterest for others.. 😉

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