Raviolis with American Pistachios by Chef Stefania Corrado

Rating: 
Ingredients: 

Raviolis:
4 ounces all-purpose flour
2 ounces semolina
4 egg yolks
4 eggs
A cap of vinegar
Salt to taste
2”-2 ½” diameter pastry cutter

The Filling:
2 potatoes baked in foil
5 ounces toasted American pistachios unshelled
Nutmeg to taste
Salt to tase

Balsamic Stock:
Vegetable stock
Thyme to taste
Mint to taste
Licorice to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions: 

For the filling:
Toast the American pistachios for a few minutes, then mince them with the potatoes baked in the oven until it becomes a sauce. Add salt, if needed, pepper and nutmeg. Put the filling in a pastry bag and set aside.

For the balsamic stock:
Bring the vegetable stock to a boil; turn off the stove and make an infusion with aromatic herbs for ten minutes. Pass through a strainer and keep it warm before serving with the raviolis.

For the ravioli:
Knead all the ingredients with a pasta maker and let the dough rest in the refrigerator, covered with a wrap for about 30 minutes. Spread out the dough and, with the help of the pastry cutter, cut the dough and stuff with the filling. Close the ravioli. Parboil the ravioli for a few minutes in salted water and serve with the stock.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!