Pear And Gorgonzola Ravioli Recipe

If you love a complex, nuanced, and delicious dish and you're not rattled by a bit of a challenge and — let's be honest — a bit of drama, then this is the recipe for you. The flavor comes courtesy of a blend of ingredients ranging from fresh pears to two kinds of cheese, nuts, and herbs, the challenge comes during the near hour or so of prep work, and the drama comes from the fact that you could screw this recipe up during the mere 5-minute cooking period.

But what's life without some excitement, right? And besides, you will have thorough, step-by-step instructions care of chef and recipe developer Stephanie Rapone of Pantry to Plate Meals to guide you. Once you put in the time and get through the bit of worry during the actual boiling process, this will be one of the tastiest dishes you have served at home — true restaurant-quality fare. Want to round it out into a full feel? "[Pairing] simple roasted chicken thighs would be delicious, along with a crisp white wine," Rapone says. And you'll certainly deserve that drink after all the prep!

Gather your ingredients for this pear and Gorgonzola ravioli recipe

It takes a fair amount of ingredients to make these ravioli, but again, the flavor will be worth it. You'll need a medium to large shallot, olive oil, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, dried pears, fresh Anjou pears, ricotta cheese, Gorgonzola cheese, 48 wonton wrappers (to make four servings), 1 stick of unsalted butter, chopped walnuts, sprigs of fresh sage, and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Prepare the filling, then chill

Peel and mince the shallot, then measure out 2 tablespoons and set them aside. Next, chop the dried pear into ¼-inch pieces and be sure to throw out any stems. Then, peel and chop the fresh pears into ¼-inch pieces. Finally, finely chop the sage, then measure out and set aside 2 tablespoons.

In a medium non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallot and ¾ teaspoon of kosher salt and sauté until the shallot is soft and has just started to brown. Add both the dried and fresh pears and cook them until the fresh pears are soft, but not mashed or mushy. Remove everything from the pan to a mesh sieve to strain the excess moisture and let the mixture cool for at least 10 minutes.

Now, get a mixing bowl and add the Gorgonzola, ricotta, ¼ teaspoon of black pepper, and the cooked pears and shallots and mix everything well. Chill the filling in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Prepare the raviolis

Prepare a baking sheet so that the ravioli won't stick. This can be accomplished with a spritz of non-stick spray, brushing it with olive oil, or using either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Next, if desired, trim the wonton wrappers into circles with a 3-inch cutter. "You can also just fold them as triangles," Rapone says, adding, "My personal preference is to do circles because I don't like the extra dough created when you make triangle shapes."

Now, wet your fingertip and sweep it along the edges of one half of the first wrapper, then add 1 teaspoon of filling to the center and fold the wrapper over. Carefully press out the air and press the edges to seal the ravioli closed, then place it on the baking sheet while you make the rest of the ravioli. "Be careful not to overstuff the ravioli and to press the edges well to seal them," cautions Rapone.

Boil the ravioli and serve with butter sauce

Bring 6 cups of water to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium so it's boiling but not too roughly. Now add six to nine ravioli, being careful not to overcrowd the water, and boil them for just one to two minutes, until they float. Use a spider or slotted spoon to remove the cooked ones onto the baking sheet again.

Once all the ravioli have been cooked, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the butter starts to get super bubbly, add walnuts and cook for two minutes, stirring, until the butter is browned. Then turn off the heat and stir in the sage.

Finally, add the cooked ravioli and gently toss them in the sauce, then transfer them to your serving dish and top with the remaining ¼ teaspoon of black pepper and freshly grated Parmesan. And then, enjoy! And no leftovers, FYI — Rapone says: "It's best fresh, as reheating tends to make the pasta a bit gummy."

Pear And Gorgonzola Ravioli Recipe
5 from 36 ratings
Roll up your sleeves for this pasta dish that will impress even the most discerning palate. Pear and Gorgonzola are combined into a ravioli filling you'll love.
Prep Time
1
hour
Cook Time
5
minutes
Servings
4
Servings
closeup ravioli
Total time: 1.08 hours
Ingredients
  • 1 medium-large shallot
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • ¾ cup dried pears
  • 2 Anjou pears
  • ¼ cup ricotta
  • ⅔ cup Gorgonzola (4 ½ ounces)
  • 48 wonton wrappers
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 sprigs fresh sage
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
Directions
  1. Peel and mince the shallot, then measure 2 tablespoons and set aside.
  2. Chop the dried pear into ¼-inch pieces and throw out any stems.
  3. Peel and chop the fresh pears into ¼-inch pieces.
  4. Finely chop the sage and measure 2 tablespoons to set aside.
  5. In a medium non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat, then add the shallot and ¾ teaspoon of kosher salt and sauté until soft and just starting to brown.
  6. Add the dried and fresh pears and cook until the fresh pears are soft, but not mashed or mushy.
  7. Remove the shallot and pears from the pan to a mesh sieve to strain the excess moisture and let cool for at least 10 minutes.
  8. Add the Gorgonzola, ricotta, and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper to the cooled pears and shallots, mixing well in a bowl.
  9. Chill the mixture in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  10. Prepare a baking sheet so that the ravioli don't stick. This could be with a spritz of non-stick spray, brushing with olive oil, or using either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  11. Wet your fingertip and sweep it along the edges on one half of a wrapper, then add 1 teaspoon of filling to the middle and fold over.
  12. Carefully press out the air and press the edges to seal, then place the finished ravioli on the prepared baking sheet while you make the rest.
  13. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil, then reduce to a steady simmer and add 6 to 9 ravioli, being careful not to overcrowd the water.
  14. Boil for 1 to 2 minutes, until they float.
  15. Use a spider or slotted spoon to remove the finished ravioli onto the baking sheet again.
  16. Once all the ravioli are cooked, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  17. Once the butter is bubbly, add the walnuts and cook for 2 minutes, stirring, until the butter is browned.
  18. Turn off the heat and stir in the sage, then add the cooked ravioli and gently toss in the sauce.
  19. Plate the ravioli in a serving dish and top it with the remaining ¼ teaspoon of black pepper and freshly grated Parmesan.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 1,784
Total Fat 54.8 g
Saturated Fat 25.2 g
Trans Fat 0.9 g
Cholesterol 130.3 mg
Total Carbohydrates 270.8 g
Dietary Fiber 15.8 g
Total Sugars 33.0 g
Sodium 2,647.7 mg
Protein 52.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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