Ricotta Jambon Parma Ravioli in Tomato Basil Sauce

What is the life you've ever been dreaming of?

Hubby popped this question to me a few months ago. And no matter how dazzled I was with the question, I knew he was serious and needed a gingerly thought answer. When we were kids and people asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up? My case I would always reply back that I wanted to become an astronaut. Curious that no matter how insurmountable our answers were people commend us. For adults, "Ah this child has a dream she will go far". It never occured to them that probably that was just the first word that came out into our mouth, or we probably just thought that it was cool to say that. Projecting ourselves in a distant future with our naive and fearless child heart has always been easy. No limits at all.

"So..." waiting for my answer he insisted. But even before I could react he said that his was retiring in a beautiful island, with his boat internet connection and everything so he could continue pursuing his cyber activities. It is at this point that I realized that "uh oh hubby is up to something". Well to cut the story short we will be leaving France for a couple years in the tropics pursuing both our dreams. His you knew already but how about mine? The hint is on this post. Can you guess it?

I am sending a plate of this delicious pasta over at Kait of Pots and Plots host for this week's Presto Pasta Nights, a pasta lover weekly event created by Ruth of For Every Kitchen. If you want to know who'll be hosting next you can check out the link here. The round up is already posted so don't forget to check it out.

Ricotta Jambon Parma Ravioli in Tomato Basil Sauce
for the filling
1 lb (450 gr) fresh spinach
1 lb (450 gr) ricotta cheese, thoroughly drained
1 egg
4 oz (115 gr) parmigiano reggiano cheese, freshly grated
salt and pepper
pinch of nutmeg
few slices of Jambon Parma minced

for the dough
3 cups (400 gr) flour
4 eggs
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

for the sauce
4 tablespoons of olive oil
5 cloves of garlic minced
1 kilo of italian tomatoes (peeled and seeded) chopped
one half cup of fresh basil chopped
salt, pepper


Start by mixing all the ingredients for the stuffing in a bowl. Set this aside.Prepare the pasta dough using the recipe for the pasta. Make the dough soft and moist. Use the minimum flour necessary enough to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands while working. Cut the dough in two parts. Place one of the pieces on the work surface, and flatten it with a rolling pin until it is very thin. Repeat the same steps with the other half of the dough, making a pasta sheet of the same size. Set it aside, covered with a moist towel if necessary to prevent the pasta from drying too much. Place about 1 teaspoon of the filling on the dough, spaced 2 inches apart. Cover with the second dough and press the pasta around the fillings so that the 2 layers touch each other. Press firmly to bond the 2 pasta sheets together. Separate the ravioli by cutting with a pastry wheel. Cook until the pasta is al dente. Drain ravioli and set aside. In a saucepan put your olive oil and garlic. Cook it without browning it. Add the tomatoes cook over medium fire for few minutes. Season with salt and pepper. When the sauce starts to thicken add your basil and cook for another two minutes. Toss your ravioli on the sauce and serve with some parmesan cheese.


K and S said...


Ruth Daniels said...

It's lovely to take hold of your dreams and turn them into reality...good on both of you!

As for the pasta, I'm licking the screen. Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights.

Happy cook said...

I woudn't mind to hopp in a boat and travel for next few years, i am excited to both of you.
Even after reading the post i still didn't get what your dream was.
Was it travelling :-)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wow, that's great when dreams come true!

That ravioli dish looks very tasty!



Marysol said...

When I was little, my dream was to become a helicopter pilot. But I have since discovered I'm not fond of heights.
Nowadays, my dream is very similar to your hubby's, minus the internet connection.

As for your dreams, I'm guessing you want to either become a world-renowned chef. . .or an Italian grandmother.

Somehow I don't think the latter is an option you would even consider, but I'm grasping at straws here.

Little Corner of Mine said...

How nice to be able to reside in a beautiful tropical island. The pasta looks mouth-watering. As for your dream, are you guys going to be living on a boat?

tigerfish said...

I would like to eat this by the tropical island.

Gloria said...

Dhanggit I love rioctta and raviolis so this is ....AMAZING and DELICIOUS!!
and dear really is nice if your dreams are true!!! well done!! beliebes in your dreams!!! I still believe, je,je, besoooss only dont forget us please buahhhhh!!!

Ivy said...

I love ravioli and made some this week using some of the Italian cheese I brought from Italy. The pictures remind me of Thailand. Are you going there?

The Food Hunter said...


_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

Is that tropical place the Philippines? (And hence, your dream?)

Joanne said...

I think it is so awesome that you guys can just pick up and leave to go traveling. And that you made these fabulous ravioli! I am in awe of anyone who makes their own ravioli. Especially when they come out as delicious as these. Great filling!

I always wanted to be a veterinarian when I grew up. And then I found out I was allergic to dogs so that ended that! Now I kind of want to be a chef. So after I get this medical degree...who knows?

Johanna said...

how wonderful that you are able to follow your dreams - those tropical photos look so relaxing and peaceful - good luck with transitioning into another life

just making my own ravioli would be a nice start for me :-)

WizzyTheStick said...

Where are you and the hubby off to? I hope it is everything you expect it to be and more. Speaking of dreams I live on a tropical island. I'd swap and live in France (southern part near the sea.)

A_and_N said...

Good for you! You totally deserve it, I'm sure :)

And the pasta looks great too.

joey said...

May all your dreams come true! As as far as food goes, this post is about as good as it get ... thanks for sharing ;)

Aparna said...

Not everyone gets to live their dream, so I'll say make the most of it. Have fun and enjoy yourselves.

It definitely looks like south east Asia, so are you going back home or somewhere there, perhaps?

Laura in Paris said...

Dreams? Oh, mine was the thin red line that went from extreme Asia to Moscow .. and I took the trans-siberian in 1987, when we were living in Beijing.

Anh said...

This sounds exciting!! Also the dish is excellent. I really want to have it for lunch!

Adam said...

Wow that's awesome! So you're really leaving to go the islands? Wow that's so awesome to just get up and leave. You only live once, so go out and get it buddy :)

veron said...

I wanted to be an astronaut too! Good luck with the move to the islands sounds like fun. The pasta looks delicious!

Juliana said...

Oh! Your ravioli looks delicious...like the ingredients in it :-) By the way, lovely pictures! AN moving ot an island...how exciting!

Rajani said...

are you opening a cafe on this island? lovely!!! i read somewhere that the problem with the rat race is that even if you win - you're still a rat. so sounds great that you guys are breaking out of it and following your heart. nothing can be more satisfying!

daphne said...

figs- I only recently get to know them... and I think you have done a fab job with adding figs in bread! I would love to have it in the morning for breakfast!

math3801 said...

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Car je suis aussi inscrite sur "les foodies" mais je n'arrive pas à mettre le lien de mon blog...
Merci de me répondre si tu as le temps,
Bonne continuation!

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