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Zucchini Ravioli with a Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Puree

November 17, 2010

More ravioli! I realize that the ravioli is getting old (not for me, but for you), but I thought this would be a good excuse to talk about my new favorite puree.

So, predictably, I sauteed some finely chopped zucchini, along with some onions, garlic, herbs de provence, and salt and pepper. Then I stuffed that into gyoza wrappers, boiled them briefly, and had homemade ravioli. No surprise there.

But I also made this roasted red pepper puree, which is simple and delicious–and it takes on a beautiful hue! Here’s how you can make it.

Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Puree

*This will make about enough for 3 people to put on top of lots of ravioli.

Ingredients:

1 red pepper
4 cloves of garlic, peeled
olive oil
herbs
salt and pepper
liquid smoke

Method:

-Chop your red pepper into chunks.
-Chop each garlic clove into chunks (I think I cut each clove into about 4 pieces).
-Put them on a baking sheet, and toss them with olive oil. Sprinkle them with a little salt and pepper.

-Bake them at about 350 f (190 c) for 15 minutes. When you take them out, each chunk should be a little dark on the bottom.

-Once the chunks have cooled for a bit, dump them in a bowl. Add in 2-3 Tbsp of olive oil.

-Blend together. (Clearly, if you’re using a regular, non-immersion blender, you don’t need to put the chunks in a bowl first–you can put them straight into your blender or food processor.)
-Stir in 2 tsp or 1 Tbsp of your herb blend.
-Stir in about 1/4 tsp of pepper, 1/4 tsp of liquid smoke, and 1/4 tsp salt. You can adjust these amounts to your taste (I think I added a little more salt).

The puree will be quite sweet–I think that roasting the pepper and garlic really develops their sugars. It will also have a beautiful color.

And it’s fantastic with zucchini ravioli.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 17, 2010 1:54 pm

    No, no, ravioli is never getting old!

  2. November 17, 2010 3:05 pm

    Ravioli definitely isn’t getting old, it looks delicious!

  3. November 18, 2010 12:59 am

    I agree! Ravioli…never growing old:))) Looks wonderful.

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