If you are looking for a date night meal to impress your favorite person, then look no further! This Lobster Ravioli is made from scratch and is accompanied by an amazing Lemon Cream Sauce!
We are big advocates of making pasta from scratch. The process can be so therapeutic and a fun activity for a couple or family to do together. Our Multipurpose Pasta Dough recipe is our go-to for homemade ravioli. The pasta dough ends up being so silky and luscious because of the addition of eggs, milk and butter. Check out our Homemade Pasta post for information and a video on making the pasta dough.
Lobster Ravioli Filling
Lobsters are eaten throughout the world and have been for over a thousand years. There have been periods of time when lobster was considered peasant food or livestock food all the way to being an expensive delicacy. Right now, the latter is very true, as high demand has driven lobster prices up again.
Despite the price, lobster is a delight and has such a unique and rich taste. And with our deep love for pasta, we knew a lobster pasta dish belonged on our blog!
Since lobster can stand on its own quite well, the filling is rather simple. There are a few complementary ingredients, namely chives, coriander, and lemon zest, that help the ricotta and lobster filling shine. A nice ravioli is the preferred pasta shape for us because the filling to pasta ratio works well here.
Can I use shrimp instead?
If you don’t want to drop a pretty penny on lobster for this dish, you can use shrimp instead and you will still love the result! It will of course take on more of a shrimp-y taste, but if you love shrimp like we do, then this is not a problem at all.
Ravioli isn’t too challenging to make or master. You will first start with rolling out your pasta dough into sheets. We have a roller attachment for our stand mixer that makes our lives easier, but you can of course just use a rolling pin and roll the dough into thin sheets. Or a more affordable option is the hand crank pasta roller which works great too! Once you have your sheets, you can make your ravioli.
To make the ravioli, lay your pasta sheet flat on a lightly floured work surface. To prevent your dough from drying out too much, we prefer to roll out one sheet at a time and make the ravioli before rolling out another sheet.
Next we add about 1 tbsp of the Lobster Ravioli filling about 3 inches apart on half of the sheet. Fold the sheet in half onto your filling scoops, bringing the two short edges together. Carefully press the sheets together around each scoop of filling. Press out as much air as possible. Finally, use a ravioli cutter or a knife to cut your sheet into 3 x 3 inch squares (7.5×7.5 cm), then set the ravioli aside on a parchment-lined and lightly flour-dusted baking sheet.
Lemon Cream Sauce
We put a high value on sauces no matter what the dish, and this is no exception!
This is a cream sauce thickened by reduction. That means it will take some time to become perfect, but the wait is worth it!
Any lobster stock, bouillon, or broth that you enjoy will work for the sauce. We use a concentrated liquid lobster base that happens to have salt in it, so there is no salt necessary in our sauce. As always, when the sauce reaches its perfect reduced stage, taste for seasoning. This rich sauce really makes the ravioli shine, and we are sure you’ll love it too!
Garnishes for the Lobster Ravioli
As for garnishes, think along the lines of what is in the components of the dish, and you can’t go wrong. Parsley, chives, and lemon zest are additions that can be considered. If you want a bit of spice, chili oil or red pepper flakes are also nice.
We did not use additional cheese (such as Parmesan) since it is a seafood dish. Some will say NEVER use Parmesan or a similar cheese when serving seafood. We disagree, as it has its place, but we just chose not to here since the creamy sauce stands on its own for richness. If you want to use a hard cheese it will not detract at all from the dish.
We hope you enjoy this recipe for Lobster Ravioli with Lemon Cream Sauce. If you give it a try, leave us a comment below, or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!
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