Vegan wild garlic ravioli

Vegan wild garlic ravioli

vegan wild garlic ravioli portion

Happy weekend, guys! Wait, do you actually even know what day of the week it is!? Despite some conflicting and downright nonsensical government advice this week (I often wonder how do these people still have a job?!), most of us are still in a semblance of a lockdown so it’s all a bit of a blur.

Duncan will continue to work from our spare bedroom for the next 5 weeks, at the very least. This is also where our wardrobes happen to be for the time being so, every morning, I have the thrill of making a half-dressed cameo in one of his work Zoom team calls. You find your entertainment where you can 😉 . In all honesty, it’s nice having him around (Tina is having the time of her life), but some aspects of this are beginning to wear me down especially once I realise how ridiculous it is that thousands of people are permitted to arrive in the UK without any health checks while we all continue to live like monks. We are all in this together, but some of us are only worried about keeping up a pretence.

Personally, we made big strides in our recovery this week. We went running for the first time since falling ill with the virus at the end of March and it went as well as we could have hoped. Obviously, we weren’t able to do our pre-illness distance or speed, but we completed the workout without stopping (me, Duncan never does) and felt well during and afterwards. We plan to go again today and get back to our former cardiovascular health, little by little.

Today’s recipe is a seasonal plate of ravioli using a gift of nature which we have plenty of on our very doorstep. This recipe is as wholesome as they get. I set out in the early afternoon to the local woods to pick some wild garlic and by midnight (shooting these things takes a loooooong time) I had a stack of wild garlic filled pockets of pasta garnished with some wild garlic pesto, ready to serve for dinner another time. It was a very satisfying cooking session indeed and I recommend making these your weekend project, especially that the wild garlic season is coming to an end soon. And if you are one of these people who does not like garlic (who are you!? 😉 ), I am here to get you out of your predicament – instead of wild garlic, use basil, mint, rocket or spinach. Or a combination of all four if you are feeling adventurous. Now, roll your sleeves up and channel your inner pasta master. Enjoy!

For vegan AND gluten-free ravioli dough, see THIS RECIPE.

vegan wild garlic ravioli picking wild garlic

vegan wild garlic ravioli dough

vegan wild garlic ravioli filling

vegan wild garlic ravioli making

vegan wild garlic ravioli plate

vegan wild garlic ravioli macro

makes
100
PREP
90 min
COOKING
20 min
makes
100
PREPARATION
90 min
COOKING
20 min
INGREDIENTS
PASTA (for GF dough see THIS RECIPE)

  • 250 g / 2 cups all purpose wheat flour*, (type 00 if you can find it)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric (optional)
  • 15 ml / 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 150 ml / ½ cup + 2 tbsp aquafaba**

FILLING

  • 150 g / 5 oz firm (cotton) tofu
  • 50 g / 1.7 oz wild garlic leaves
  • 1 small garlic clove (optional)***
  • zest of 1 unwaxed lemon + 15 ml / 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • ground nutmeg (I used about 1/8 tsp), adjust to taste
  • heaped ¼ tsp sea salt, adjust to taste
  • black pepper, adjust to taste
  • 25 g / ¼ cup almond flour (or breadcrumbs)

FOR SERVING

METHOD
FILLING

  1. Place all the filling ingredients (apart from almond flour or breadcrumbs) in a food processor. Process until smooth. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  2. Add enough almond flour (or breadcrumbs). I found that 25 g / ¼ cup almond flour is enough – you may need even less, if you are using breadcrumbs.

DOUGH

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, salt and turmeric (if using). Make a well in the centre and add olive oil and aquafaba. Mix it all with a spoon until it roughly sticks together. You may need to add a touch more aquafaba if the dough is too dry, if too wet, add a bit more flour.
  2. Knead the dough for at least 5 mins and then set aside for 30-60 minutes under a damp kitchen towel so that the dough doesn’t dry up.
  3. Once the dough has had a chance to rest, take a portion of the dough and roll it out with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface. Roll it out as thin as you can (2-3 mm), the thinner the dough the tastier the ravioli. You can obviously use a pasta machine to roll out your dough if you have one (I don’t). Cut the sheet in half – you will need two matching pasta sheets to form the top and bottom side of your ravioli.
  4. I used a ravioli mould (like this) but you can also just make them by hand, using a knife, pasta stamp or a cookie cutter instead. Place one pasta sheet on a lightly floured surface. Make small blobs of filling in neat rows leaving plenty of space around each blob so that each raviolo can be comfortably sealed. Place second pasta sheet on top, draping it over the blobs of filling. Press the pasta around each filling down with cupping hands to seal. Cut into individual ravioli with a knife or a pasta crimper. Double check each raviolo is sealed well.
  5. Put the finished ravioli on a lightly floured surface and cover them with a kitchen towel while making the rest so that they don’t dry out. Continue in the same way until you have used up all the dough and / or all the filling.
  6. Bring a medium pot of water to boil. Once the water boils, place a few ravioli (do not overcrowd the pot) in the boiling water and cook, on a rolling boil, for about 5 minutes. After the time is up, fish cooked ravioli out with a slotted spoon, shaking excess water off gently, and place them on a plate. Cook all the remaining ravioli in this way.
  7. To serve, baste them in olive oil, wild garlic pesto or make a simple creamy pasta sauce instead.

NOTES
*As we are in the middle of a pandemic and it’s been impossible to get most flours for weeks now, the only flour I was able to find is a Turkish 405 type all purpose flour. It’s a flour traditionally used for pastries like borek or baklava. That’s what I used here and it turned out great, but please be sure to adjust the level of liquid to the type of wheat flour you have. Add liquid in gradually, your flour may need a little less or more than what my flour needed.

**You can use water instead. I find that aquafaba works better though, the pasta has a nicer mouthfeel. It’s not necessary for your aquafaba to be gelatinous (like egg whites), mine was quite thin this time, but it helps if it is.

***Wild garlic leaves vary in strength depending on when they get picked. They are at their most aromatic (garlicky) before the plant flowers so if you are a garlic fiend (like I am) you may want to add an extra garlic clove for good measure 😉 .

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NUTRITIONAL INFO
calories
16
1%
sugars
0 g
0%
fats
1 g
1%
saturates
0 g
0%
proteins
1 g
1%
carbs
2 g
1%
*per raviolo
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REVIEWS & QUESTIONS
Laura:
Hi, would this pasta recipe also work for tortellini? I’m looking for a failsafe pasta recipe. I have pasta flour and want to make tortellini in brodo for my italian boyfriends Christmas tradition. Very important this year as he won’t see any family over Christmas due to Covid ☹️I always trust your recipes so interested to hear your thoughts!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Laura,Yes, absolutely, I don't see why not - it will work with any pasta shape. How nice of you to do that for your homesick boyfriend, I am sure this lovely gesture will make him really happy! Merry Xmas to you both! x Ania
Adya:
Hi I really love your recipes! I was just wondering whether I can omit or substitute the yeast in the filling.ThanksAdya
    Ania
    Ania:
    Aw, thank you, I'm so glad to hear! Yes, sure! It simply adds a bit of a cheesy flavour.
Ania
Ania:
Thanks! Ania
Johanna M Woodbury:
First, this looks amazing, and someday I hope to know how to forage. Second, I'm sorry you guys became ill. One of my grandmothers did, and she died. She was 91,so she had lived a good life. I work at Trader Joe's, and I've worked straight through. Take care!
    Ania
    Ania:
    I'm so sorry about your gran, Johanna! I hope you have had a chance to say a proper goodbye.x Ania
Louisa Berry:
Recently all the tinned chickpeas I can find in various supermarkets are in salted brine, which seems too salty to use as aquafaba to bake with. I'm pretty sure that the brine used to be salt and sugar? We noticed when we made hummous, using some of the aquafaba in order to use less oil and it was really salty! I know that cooking dried chickpeas will result in nice aquafaba, but sometimes its easier just to open a tin... Any ideas?
    Ania
    Ania:
    Hi Louisa,Other than cooking your own all I can recommend is looking for a low salt brand. I do not know where you are based, but here in the UK Biona is one such brand. Hope that helps! Ania
shaliciouz:
Looks scrumptious!! I can't wait to try it !
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thank you, I am delighted to hear that! I hope you will enjoy them. Ania
Ala:
Zachwycam się , oj bardzo kuszą te pierożki
    Ania
    Ania:
    Dzieki, milo mi :) Polecam sprobowac! x Ania
Kat:
I'm very excited by this..already scheming where I can collect wild garlic close to my house! Can't wait. Been looking for a good foraging style recipe. Thank you!!!
    Ania
    Ania:
    Great timing then, Kat! I hope you'll enjoy both making and eating these :) Ania
Helen:
Looks gorgeous! Thanks for the non-garlic options too! Garlic dislikes me strongly so I thought these would be out of bounds... Glad to hear you’re both getting better.
    Ania
    Ania:
    Thanks so much, Helen! I hope you'll enjoy these! Btw, green peas + mint would also make a great filling if that's more your style. x Ania
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