Lemony Goat Cheese & Mushroom Ravioli

I have a secret to share with you! Two words…. wonton wrappers. Not everyone has time to make pasta from scratch, but still wants something a little more homemade then the stuff you pick up at the grocery store. I love using wonton wrappers as my ravioli pasta, it is so easy and tastes delicious! This time I stuffed them with pan roasted mushrooms and scallions, goat cheese, ricotta, and lots of lemon. This ended up being one of my favorite pasta dishes I have made in a while! I promise they taste better than they photographed…

Seeing the ravioli was so flavorful, I just warmed up some olive oil, lemon, and red pepper flakes to drizzle something simple over the top.

Ingredients (makes about 20 ravioli)

Wonton wrappers
7oz goat cheese
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
8-10 baby bella mushrooms, stems removed, chopped
1/3 cup freshly chopped scallions
Juice and zest of (1) small Meyer lemon
Fresh black pepper
Olive oil
Small bowl of water

Olive Oil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Squeeze of fresh Meyer lemon juice

Cook the mushrooms and scallions over medium heat with some olive oil for about 5 minutes. Once finished, place in a food processor with the goat cheese, ricotta, lemon juice/zest, and a good crack of fresh black pepper. Mix until fully incorporated.

Place the wonton wrappers on a flat surface and top half of them with about a teaspoon of the mushroom filling. You don’t want to over fill them otherwise the filling will leak out. Next, one by one wet the edges of each ravioli with the water, then wet the edges of a (non) filled wonton sheet and place on top. Seal the edges by pressing/pinching firmly. I like to use a pastry cutter to make the edges pretty! Place all the ravioli on a plate and cover with a damp paper towel to help them not dry out until you’re ready to boil them. In a large pot of boiling salted water, drop in half of the ravioli and let cook until pasta is soft, about 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon.

For the topping, just cook the olive oil, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes for 1-2 minutes on the stove, and pour over top the pasta when serving. I also added some fresh shaved Parmesan cheese and a little more black pepper.

Creamy Lemon Pasta With Mushrooms & Swiss Chard

After a long week of working late every night, I was finally able to cook some dinner! I ordered some local NY pasta from my CSA this week and was really excited to try it out. There’s definitely something special about cooking with local ingredients. You can taste the love and care put into every bite! I was craving a creamy pasta, so I made a nice lemony sauce to toss it in. I also added some pretty mushrooms I found at the corner store nearby and some fresh Swiss chard. The whole meal took about 20 minutes to make and was delicious!

Lemon Cream Sauce:
1 cup half & half
2 tablespoons butter
4-6 tablespoons olive oil
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
Salt, to taste

16 oz pasta of your choice! (I used gnocchi sardi)
6 oz mixed mushrooms
Small bunch Swiss Chard, de-stemmed and roughly chopped
1 cup pasta water (to use as needed)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Bring a pot of water to a boil, and cook pasta as instructed. While the pasta cooks, make the cream sauce.

Add the olive oil and butter to a pan over medium heat. When the butter has melted, add the garlic and cook for a minute or so. Next add the mushrooms and sauté for about 3-5 minutes, toss in the Swiss chard and cook for another 5 minutes or until the greens have cooked down a bit. Lastly, mix in the cream, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, white pepper, and salt.

Drain the pasta and reserve a cup of the water. Toss the pasta in the lemon cream sauce, coating all the noodles well. If the sauce dries out at all, add small amounts of the pasta water until it has the consistency you want. Taste and salt and pepper as needed. Plate and sprinkle a little extra parmesan cheese and fresh parsley!




Thai Coconut Lemongrass Soup

I am a huge fan of Thai food and frequently visit Chelsea Thai (in Chelsea Market) for their Tom Ka Gai soup. It’s sweet, sour, and spicy all at the same time.  I’ve always wanted to try and make it myself, so today I went for it! I made my version without chicken and just stuck to veggies. I added some bok choy that I got in my CSA this week which I thought was a nice addition. I am lucky to have had my best friend bring me back spices from her trip to Thailand recently, so a few of the “what the heck is that” ingredients were already on hand. If you end up making this soup, Whole Foods has a great selection of spices etc and should have what you need. The soup came out better than I could have hoped for- it tasted just like Chelsea Thai!

Ingredients: (adapted from Atelier Christine)
Serves 2

1 cup coconut milk
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup water
2-3 lemongrass stalks, pressed down with a knife (like you do to garlic) and cut into 3 inch pieces
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon Thai galangal powder
2 small shallots, one cut in half & the other minced
1-2 small Thai red chilies, depending on preferred heat
2 baby bok choy bunches, ends trimmed and roughly chopped
1/2 can of straw mushrooms
1/2 can of bamboo shoots
1/8 cup coconut cream
1 teaspoon fish sauce
2 small limes, juiced (saving half a lime for serving)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped (and a few sprigs left whole)

In a heavy bottomed pot, add the first 8 ingredients and bring to a simmer along with a few cilantro sprigs as well. Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, adding all the liquid back to the pot along with the lemongrass and red chilies. Discard the rest. Next add the remainder of the ingredients- bok choy, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, coconut cream, fish sauce, lime juice, and cilantro. Cook for another 10 minutes. Serve with a small wedge of lime for an extra squeeze!

Creamy Eggplant, Mushrooms, and Leek Pasta

The fall weather was definitely here today. It was the first day I felt a little chilly walking around- probably because I’m in denial summer is over and still dressing for 80 degree weather. When I got home I decided to make some nice warm pasta for dinner. I made this delicious eggplant and mushroom dish that took no more than 30 minutes max. I will definitely be making this again! I think it might even be good with a little pancetta added next time.

Ingredients: (from Petite Kitchen)
2 tablespoons butter
1 leek, sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
5 oz baby bella mushrooms, chopped
4 small Japanese eggplants, cubed
Juice and zest from 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup cream
1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
Grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper
Angel hair pasta

(makes about 2-3 servings)

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and add the leeks. Let cook for a minute until they break down a little. Add the garlic, mushrooms, eggplant, lemon zest, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Continue cooking vegetables for another 3 minutes or so. Add the chicken stock and Dijon mustard then turn down the heat to low and let simmer for another 5 minutes. In the meantime, boil some water and cook the pasta. Turn off the heat and add the cream and lemon juice to the vegetables, stir well then pour over the pasta. Top with Parmesan cheese and a little fresh cracked pepper.

Eggplant and Mushroom Meatballs

I had a huge eggplant on hand and decided to give these “meatballs” a shot. They were so easy to make and delicious! I love regular meatballs, with actual meat, but these were really flavorful and had a nice texture to them as well. So whether you’re a meat lover or a veggie lover, you’ll like these! I ate mine on their own with a little sauce, but they would be great with pasta, over some polenta, or with some melted cheese on a sub!

1 large eggplant, peeled and chopped
5 baby bella mushrooms, finely chopped
1/2 shallot, chopped
1 cup bread crumbs (I used Italian)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh basil, about 5 large leaves finely chopped
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, roughly chopped
1 large egg
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel and chop the eggplant and add it to a large skillet over medium heat with about 3 tablespoons olive oil. Cook until the eggplant becomes soft, adding more olive oil and a little splash of water at times if it becomes too dry. Remove from heat and set aside in a large mixing bowl. Next add the shallot and cook until translucent, followed by the mushrooms until soft and cooked down.

Smash the eggplant with a wooden spoon a little to break down the pieces. Add the mushrooms, shallots, breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, fennel seeds, basil and egg. Mix well with your hands until fully incorporated. Roll two inch balls of the mixture and place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for about 15 minutes, flipping half way through, until golden brown. Serve with sauce and more grated cheese!

Stuffed Peppers with Sausage and Mushroom

I was excited this week when I got some huge green bell peppers in my CSA bag. I love stuffed peppers and decided right away that was what I was going to make. The only thing I had to purchase was some Italian sausage, but other than that I had everything else! I love when that happens.

1/2 cup long grain brown rice
2 large green bell peppers
1/2 large white onion, diced
4 large white button mushrooms, diced
Handful cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 Italian sausage
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup shredded asiago cheese
Olive oil
Garlic powder
Salt and pepper

Start by cooking the rice per the package instructions and setting the oven to 375 degrees. Chop the tops off the bell peppers and remove all the seeds. Dice up the tops of the pepper and set aside. If the peppers are too round on the bottom to stand up alone, slice a little off to even it out. Next, dice up the onion, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a skillet over medium heat and cook the onions and peppers until soft, about 3 minutes. Remove and put in a side bowl. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the same skillet and add the sausage (which has been removed from its casing) and cook until browned. Add the onion pepper mixture back in along with the mushrooms and tomatoes and cook a minute or so. Sprinkle in some garlic powder, salt and pepper. Lastly, add the rice and Parmesan cheese and mix together. Fill the peppers with the mixture and place in a dish that has been sprayed with olive oil or non-stick spray. Cook for 30 minutes, remove from the oven and add the asiago cheese, then cook for another 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted. Enjoy!

Mushroom Pizza with Swiss Chard and Potato

Pizza is one of my favorite things to make. There are just so many options when it comes to toppings. I had a bunch of Swiss chard and mushrooms this week, so I picked up some pre-made dough at Trader Joe’s to make a pizza. If you can’t find dough in your grocery store and don’t have the time to make it, run to your local pizza place and they will usually sell you a big ball of it for a dollar or two, which is awesome!

Pizza dough
All-purpose flour
1 bunch of red Swiss chard
1 small shallot, chopped
White button mushrooms (though any mushroom will work well)
1 Yukon gold potato, peeled and thinly sliced
3/4 cup smoked mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
Black truffle oil, for drizzling
Fresh cracked pepper

Separate the leaves and stems of the chard. Chop the stems into 1 inch pieces, and roughly chop the leaves as well. Also cut up your mushrooms and shallot, and slice up the potato. Add your olive oil to a pan over medium heat. Add the shallots and chard stems and saute for about 3-4 minutes. You do the stems first as they take longer to cook down. Next add the chard leaves and cook until wilted, about another 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook until they give off some liquid.

While that cooks, flour a clean surface as well as your rolling pin, and begin to roll out the pizza dough in all directions. Make sure to keep your dough in the fridge until you need it so that it doesn’t get sticky, and continue to sprinkle flour while rolling it out. Place the dough on a baking sheet and add the tomato sauce, followed by the shredded cheese, thinly sliced potato, and mushroom mixture. Drizzle with the truffle oil and throw in the oven for 25 minutes, or until the bottom has a nice golden brown crust and the top is bubbly! Let cool for 5 minutes, then eat the entire thing.