Before Adam and I were married we would eat at Olive Garden for Valentine’s Day. I frequently would order the Ravioli di Portobello, which is delicious! Now that we are married we order Thai food to go. Less wait time at the restaurant and more us time at home! This year I really wanted the ravioli again so we made it a day early (Galentine’s day to some Parks and Rec fans), so we could continue our Thai food tradition on the big day.
I found some cute heart shaped cookie cutters for $1 at Target (or you can get this Heart Cutter Set from Amazon) and thought it would be really cool if I could create heart shaped ravioli. It worked out surprisingly well. The ravioli’s held their heart shapes, which I was afraid they would lose in the crimping and boiling process.
I had to make double the dough from the original recipe, because we had way too much portobello mushroom stuffing compared to the amount of dough we made. Make sure you roll out the dough really thin or else your ravioli will turn out too thick and bread like. It would be awesome if you had a pasta machine like this Meglio Pasta Maker from Amazon.
I used a fork to pinch the edges together. Some of the raviolis leaked and broke open when we cooked them, but most of them stayed intact.
The gouda cheese in the sauce was so good. I have never made a sauce like this before. It has sun dried tomatoes in it, which Adam does not care for, but he liked the sauce anyways.
Surprisingly enough Adam bought me the correct wine to pair with this dish without even knowing. Pinot Noir pairs well with the smoked gouda cheese used in the sauce as well as the portobella mushrooms used in the ravioli itself. The fun part is he bought me 2 bottles of different priced Pinot Noirs from 2 different stores to taste. He purchased a 2013 Broken Clouds Pinot Noir from Sonoma, CA and 2012 Cardwell Hill Cellars Pinot Noir from Philomath, OR. I chose the latter as it was more full bodied and I could taste all of the delicious flavors. The Broken Clouds Pinot Noir was not as impressive as I could not taste all of the flavors as intensely as the Cardwell Hill Pinot Noir. I had fun with this tasting and hope to compare more wines like this in the future.
For dessert I made some chocolate heart shaped cookies decorated with buttercream frosting.
I really liked the cookie recipe because it had chocolate and a coffee flavoring in it. Adam said it reminded him of a chocolate graham cracker.
I had fun decorating the cookies, although I did make a big mess!
These cookies taste great with some coffee or tea on the side!
Happy Valentine’s day to you all. Make sure you love and appreciate all of the special people around you today!