Take advantage of peak artichoke season by making these healthy yet fluffy ricotta- and artichoke-stuffed ravioli. They’re served with a flavorful vegetable broth that melts with grated Parmesan to create a deeply savory sauce. Pea shoots make for a beautiful (and seasonally appropriate) garnish.
- Grated zest of 2 lemons, plus juice of 1 lemon
- 3 artichokes
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/4 cup (2 oz./60 g) ricotta cheese
- 3 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
- 1 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 2 eggs
- 48 wonton wrappers (about 1 package)
- 4 cups (32 fl. oz./1 l) low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup (1 oz./30 g) pea shoots
1. Fill a large bowl with water. Add the lemon juice to the bowl. Working with 1 artichoke at a time, pull off and discard the tough outer leaves until you reach the tender inner leaves. Cut off the stem and about 1 inch (2.5 cm) from the top to remove the prickly tips. Cut the trimmed artichokes lengthwise in quarters. As each artichoke is finished, drop it into the lemon water to prevent the cut surfaces from discoloring.
2. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the artichokes and 1 tsp. salt. Cook until the artichokes are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and transfer to a food processor.
3. In a small fry pan over medium heat, warm 1 Tbs. of the olive oil. Add half each of the onion and garlic and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to the food processor. Pulse to finely chop the ingredients, then add the ricotta, Parmesan, parsley, 1 egg and the zest of 1 lemon. Season with salt and pepper and process until smooth.
4. Lightly spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining egg with 1 tsp. water.
5. To assemble the ravioli, place a wonton wrapper on a work surface and brush the surface with the egg wash. Place 1 Tbs. of the filling in the center of the wrapper. Cover with a second wrapper, gently pushing out any air. Using a 3-inch (7.5-cm) round cutter, cut the ravioli into a round. Repeat using all the wonton wrappers and filling.
6. Bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil over medium heat. Add 3 or 4 ravioli to the pan and simmer gently until just tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and continue to cook the remaining ravioli.
7. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, warm the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil. Add the remaining onion and garlic and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the broth and the remaining lemon zest. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Divide the ravioli among bowls. Ladle the hot broth over the ravioli, garnish with pea shoots and Parmesan, and serve immediately. Serves 4.
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