I love making homemade pasta, especially raviolis. I love making raviolis so much that when I can’t sleep, I actually lie there thinking up new ravioli recipes in my head. This pretty much proves my level of obsession with food.
One night, I was working through an idea for a crab ravioli filling and got really stuck on what sort of sauce would work best for it. It needed to be something delicate as to not over power the crab’s clean, fresh flavor. I also knew it need to be thick enough to stick to the silky homemade pasta dough. Butter seemed the obvious choice, but I didn’t want a greasy, heavy dish. I wanted a sauce that would feel light and inspired by spring, and would elevate the crab, and not disguise it. Pea. Pea puree, I thought. And what if I cut it with a drizzle of olive oil for a added level of depth and fresh lemon zest for some brightness? Mmmm…this could work, I thought.
It took a few weeks for me to really work through the ingredients that I wanted to use and exploring the best possible combination of flavors. I was trying to imagine how the flavors and textures would come together. Finally, decisions were made and finally, it was time to see if I could take the recipe I developed in my head, to a plate. I couldn’t wait to find out if it would be as good as I imagined it could be.
It’s an extremely satistfying feeling to bring a dish to life and have it look and taste just the way you imagined it could. This happened with this dish. It tasted and plated exactly how I had envisioned it.
The lemon zest seasoned the crab while lightening the hearty ricotta. The fresh herbs in the crab mixture helped tie the pea sauce to the ravioli filling and also introduced refreshing flavor notes. The ricotta cheese bound everything together in wonderful harmony. The delicate homemade pasta dough ensured a silky texture that carried through the entire dish. It was delicate and delicious. I can’t wait see what recipe I come up with the next time I can’t sleep!