The following is a guest post from our friend Marie ofProudItalianCook.com. We suggest you follow her wonderful blog and take a look at her new e-book.
Here’s a little appetizer I put together in minutes. I fortunately have access to good quality fresh pasta sheets so it made the process go really fast!
I pre-roasted grape tomatoes ahead of time, bought some fresh mozzarella balls and basil for my ingredients.
Now believe me, I like to make fresh pasta, but I can’t just make a little bit, it ends up being an all day project with tons of pasta and flour all over my kitchen, and besides I like to do it in the winter. So I’m grateful to purchase these neat little sheets all perfectly cut and ready to go!
I used a 3 inch cutter and was able to make about ten ravioli, enough for four people, about two each.
The perfect starter while your grilling up something!
Look how simple this is! Wet your cut pasta around the edges then place a basil leaf, a roasted tomato, (make sure it’s not too juicy) and top it off with a mozzarella ball.
Crimp them together with a fork close to the mozzarella ball so it doesn’t move around.
Boil until tender and then drain on a kitchen cloth, you don’t want them to be wet!
For a very quick sauce you can take some good store bought pesto like I did, add in a few of those extra roasted tomatoes you have, and a little lemon zest for freshness, mix together and spoon it all over! And if that’s not enough, drizzle your plates beforehand with the best balsamic glaze you can find, here’s mine
. Oh My!