While I am a pasta lover, and 1/2 Italian, it's not often we eat it at home. Instead we try to opt for lighter versions since we both have some weight that needs to be shed. So, when I happen upon a healthier version of my favorite pasta dishes, I'm all for giving them a try. This one did not disappoint.
A recipe I made for our family, but could easily be served to company. I brought leftovers to my oldest daughter the next day (she loves my leftovers). Our schedules don't really allow for company during the week, but we try to schedule ahead some weekends with friends, whether it's dinner, or snacks and games. Gathering around a table for a meal and later for, what usually turns into a rousing game or two or three is what we enjoy. I love the conversations around a game board. If given the choice to watch movies or play games, I'll choose the latter.
There are a few steps that need to take place to help ensure this recipe works. Both zucchini and ricotta can hold a lot of liquid so it's important to try to draw out as much liquid as possible from both.
Zucchini: Line a cookie sheet with a layer of paper towels. For this recipe you are going to use a mandolin or vegetable peeler (depending on how wide the zucchini is), to create thin strips of "pasta". You want it thin enough to fold. Spread slices of zucchini on the paper towel and sprinkle with salt (this helps draw out the water). Place another layer of paper towels and repeat with strips and salt. Continue until zucchini is used up. Let sit up at least 30 minutes.
Ricotta: Line a fine mesh sieve with cheese cloth. Place over a bowl. Place ricotta cheese in cheese cloth and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Gently gather the cheesecloth and squeeze out any extra liquid. Return to a separate bowl.
Now that you've done those steps, let's get on to the recipe. Depending on how big your zucchini is will depend on how many you need. For three of us, I used 4 medium sized zucchini. They weren't overly fat so I used my vegetable peeler. This made about 13 ravioli. It would have made more but I was using what ricotta I had left.
So good, so simple, so light, so satisfying. Add it to your menu!
With Joy Unquenchable,