“Ravioli” with Cavolo Nero & Goat’s Cheese

This recipe caught my eye because it simply looked good in a recent edition of my delicious magazine. It also falls into a category — vaguely healthy-sounding pasta dish — that usually appeals to me. This one was unusual because it uses fresh lasagne sheets as the pasta — the “ravioli” aren’t really ravioli.

The sauce is made in a food processor with a combination of cavolo nero (boiled for a minute to make it soft, then water squeezed out), olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and salt. The accompanying paste is soft goat’s cheese, walnuts (I used toasted almonds), sage, lemon juice, and oil, again made in a food processor. To assemble, you cook the lasagne sheets, and then “layer” the three components, beginning with sauce, then noodles, then goat’s cheese paste. Repeat. Top with Parmesan or Pecorino.

This unfortunately did not pack enough of a punch taste-waste for me. The sauce was a bit bland and watery. The recipe says to squeeze out as much water from the cavolo nero as possible, which I did, but I still found it lacking. I also found the noodles too thick. It was an experimental meal I guess — not a bad one, but one I won’t be making again.

lasagne ravioli

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Kale, Sweet Potato, & Goat Cheese Salad

This is the ideal salad for January: kale and sweet potatoes are both in season, and it’s bulky enough to feel like a real meal that fills you up, while still being relatively light. This is my own recipe, and in this version I added in leftover roast chicken as it had to be used up.

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Cut up and roast sweet potatoes. Note: to get sweet potatoes crispy in the oven, I used the cornstarch (aka “cornflour” in the UK) method outlined here.
  2. Meanwhile, assemble the other parts of the salad: rinse and chop the kale, and add the cheese. For this salad, I used cavolo nero (black kale), but other types would work too.
  3. Make the dressing: I madeĀ a basicĀ vinaigrette using fig balsamic vinegar (yum!), but you could adapt this to what you’d prefer. See some ideas from Martha here. Or, since kale is a sturdy leaf, it can stand up to a much heavier, creamier dressing (one with tahini is coming to mind).
  4. Let the sweet potatoes cool for a few minutes, if you can, and then add them to the salad along with the dressing. If you’re patient enough/have the time, let it sit for a few minutes so that everything soaks in. Otherwise, eat and enjoy.

kale salad