Smoked Bacon and Ricotta Ravioli with Apple Sauce

As promised, little over a week ago, here is my post for homemade ravioli and what good ravioli it was too! As expected, it turned out to be a little trickier than my previous attempt at tagliatelle, but as you can see, the end result wasn’t entirely offensive. The only reason ravioli is made more difficult than average pasta is that one must roll one’s dough out to the pasta machine’s thinnest setting, which only serves to pique one’s chances of manhandling it. Still, after a couple of tribulations, we were each faced with a scrumptious plate of rather interesting pasta.

Everyone knows that pork and apple is a classic combination. As such, it seemed like a great idea to combine them in a way that I’ve not seen before. It’s difficult to be entirely original in food these days, but one can at least be original to oneself. In spite of a little mild scepticism offered by one or two people as to the flavour profile of this dish, the ravioli worked extremely well and got along famously with their sauce. Indeed, hand shaking would have gone on had inanimate objects not been involved. The only real shame is that using pork and apple in the same dish is quintessential to both British and American cuisine. Though, I’d bet my long johns on the fact that it originated on this side of the Atlantic.

Alas, this will be the last homemade past post featured on FrugalFeeding for a while; my woman and I are apart for yet another month. Actually, out of interest, is there an opposite of ‘hubby’? Then again, I could take on the role of hairy Welsh househusband – we’re very modern here in Wales – and roll the sheets myself. If you don’t quite understand that joke it’s probably best that you read the tagliatelle entry first.

N.B. I’m not really in possession of a cracking pair of long johns.

Smoked Bacon and Ricotta Ravioli with Apple Sauce

Serves 3-4

Ingredients:

• 200g “00” grade flour

• 2 medium eggs

• A splash of water if necessary

• 200g ricotta cheese

• 100g smoked streaky bacon, finely diced

• 2 largeish apples, use the oldest you have

• A sprinkling of sugar

• A splash of water

Method:

1. To make the pasta follow the recipe here, only roll it out to the thinnest setting possible. One this has been done, let common sense prevail and cut it into adequately sized strips (roughly 8” x 4”) using a sharp knife. Fold the pasta in such a way as to mark out eight equally sized boxes, two abreast. Fry the diced bacon in a little oil until crispy. Leave to cool and mix with the ricotta.

2. Spoon the mixture onto each of the squares on only one side of the sheet of pasta. Brush the other half with water and fold over. Press down using a cupped hand, working from one end to the other, making sure that all of the air is allowed to escape.

3. To make the apple sauce simply peel and dice one’s apple and cook it in a little sugar and water until soft enough to mash. The amount of sugar needed will depend entirely on one’s choice of apple. Boil the pasta for 3-4 minutes and serve atop a generous portion of apple sauce.

Cost: As we all know, the pasta itself cost very little to make – roughly 60p. However, the most expensive part of this dish is the filling and adding it will cause the price to increase to roughly £3 for the entire dish. Still, that’s not bad.

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64 comments on “Smoked Bacon and Ricotta Ravioli with Apple Sauce

  1. cookinginsens
    May 18, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Good recipe. Too bad about the apple sauce :) And of course the apple/pork combo originated on this side of the Atlantic, as did the ancestors of most Americans! Really Frugal! I would bet that the apple/pork combo originated in France.

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks, Rosemary. Haha. I’ll do some research.

  2. susartandfood
    May 18, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    That is such a pretty plate – nice. I’ve made them with won ton wrappers but will have to try this dough.

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks! Found it in a cupboard :D. You should try it, I’d imagine it’d be quite different.

  3. daisy
    May 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Very nice! I love the apple sauce and pork combo!

    daisy

  4. SarahJ
    May 18, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try making my own pasta. This looks great!

  5. Somer
    May 18, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Dangit Frugal, you make me want to eat bacon! Ah well, there is a tvp version 😉 I have never thought of pairing apple sauce with pasta. Holy crap that looks good. I used to make apple sauced pork chops with glazed onions in my pre-vedge life. Now I need to come up with a sad tofu substitute.

    Are you looking for a new word for your better half or yourself? Hubby originates from husband, so opposite would be Wifey, although that sounds pretty lame….

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      Dreadfully sorry, Somer. For my OTHER half, but woman will suffice because wifey is just pants.

      • baconbiscuit212
        May 20, 2012 at 6:37 am

        Woman makes me think about cave-man-drag-woman antics!

        I think the opposite of hubby might be . . . Boss?

        😉

  6. allythebell
    May 18, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    You had me at bacon, Frugal. That and the image of you as a hairy Welsh househusband rolling out pasta like a good Italian wench. Would “wifey” be the opposite of “hubby”?

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      Haha, I bet I did. Oh yes, good image isn’t it? I suppose it would, but I prefer ‘woman’ 😀

  7. Juls
    May 18, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    I really like this unusual pasta idea! I like your posts that aren’t afraid to experiment, though I would like to know if you’ve ever had anything go tits up rendering you somewhat sheepish at odds with the ordinary cool self-assurence!

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks, Juls. Ummm, a few things have gone awry, not that many though. Usually it’s a dodgy recipe that scuppers me, so now I don’t really use them 😀

      • Juls
        May 19, 2012 at 9:36 am

        Yes, those damn “dodgy recipes” 😛

      • Juls
        May 19, 2012 at 9:36 am

        Yes, those damn “dodgy recipes” 😛

  8. lorrielorrieb
    May 18, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Oh MY! And lunch is till aways away round here! You’ve made me starving!!

  9. Just A Smidgen
    May 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    And.. here I am! Visiting you! Now you can comment back.. or not as you wish;) So.. that is hands down awesome for a first go-round with ravioli.. I’m scared to death to try. I’m confused.. no pasta when you’re apart? Whyforartthou not making pasta?? Is it a four hand job?? Just wondering is all.

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      Yay! The system works. Thanks, Smidge! She has the machine 😀 I haven’t. Though, four hands make it much simpler.

  10. a toast and tea
    May 18, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Mm this makes me really want to get a pasta roller already so I can crank out ravioli with all kinds of creative fillings! I once had ravioli at a restaurant filled with a sausage/ricotta/apple mixture and served with a brown butter sage sauce – also exquisite. It’s always fun to put a new spin on classic combinations!

    • frugalfeeding
      May 18, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Get one! It’s SO worth it. That sounds great. It really is – mixes things up a little.

  11. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    May 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Such a great take on this dish. I love it!

  12. Willow
    May 19, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Haha – great post! It sounds like a wonderful meal.
    As a side note: could the reverse of ‘hubby’ be, simply ‘honey’?

    • frugalfeeding
      May 24, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks, willow! I suppose it could, but I can’t possibly call her honey…

  13. creativenoshing
    May 19, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Oh yummy! Looks and sounds amazing!

  14. Maya Oryan
    May 19, 2012 at 7:17 am

    What a delicious combo! I love making ravioli at home.

  15. Chica Andaluza
    May 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    What a fantastic idea to serve it on top of the apple sauce. And very beautiful ravioli!

    • frugalfeeding
      May 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks! It worked extremely well :). I so enjoyed making it.

  16. Korena in the Kitchen
    May 19, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Very original!

  17. Thyme (Sarah)
    May 20, 2012 at 3:20 am

    My husband (hubby!) adores making pasta. For Father’s Day, we have a new pasta ravioli cutter for him. Your recipe looks delicious. I’ll bookmark it,have the ingredients on hand and that could be his dish.

    • frugalfeeding
      May 24, 2012 at 10:28 pm

      I hope I’m never called hubby :D. Ohh, I need one of those!

  18. baconbiscuit212
    May 20, 2012 at 6:39 am

    What beautiful looking ravioli! Great flavor combination too! I kind of want to put some caramelized onions on top. You know, pig, apples, onions!

    • frugalfeeding
      May 24, 2012 at 8:47 pm

      Thanks! Indeed – we just wanted a light lunch but that would be great.

  19. beti
    May 20, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I honestly didn’t expect that combination but it definetly works, they look delicious!

    • frugalfeeding
      May 24, 2012 at 10:27 pm

      There have been quite a few sceptics but never mind. Thanks!

  20. egg me on
    May 20, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Gorgeous ravioli! Apple and pork make such a great combo.

  21. Villy
    May 21, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Such an intriguing combination! The ravioli look just perfect!

  22. Cara
    May 22, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Hey, take it easy alright? You have already been doing a jolly good job at making us look lowly with the food you make. But homemade pasta? Come on! You win. We give up. Looks/sounds amazing, N! <–too lazy to write your name out.

    • frugalfeeding
      May 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm

      Haha, naaaaah. Thanks, Cara. You need to expunge your laziness :)

  23. Mama's Gotta Bake
    May 23, 2012 at 12:02 am

    That looks sooooo good! Love the applesauce with ravioli!

    • frugalfeeding
      May 24, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks! It works SO well, though I’ve met with a little scepticism.

  24. Granny
    May 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    A succulent idea. Handshake, hand clapping and standing ovation are in order.

  25. canalcook
    May 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    This looks great, and such an unusual combination of flavours. Homemade pasta definitely seems to me to be a two person job, I used to make it with my dad when I was a child, though I worked for a chef who was very sceptical about the difficulty involved.

    • frugalfeeding
      May 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks! It’s both unusual and usual since pork and apple are a perfect combination. It’s not particularly difficult I’ve decided, but two people makes it easier to handle.

  26. Eat Healthy Be Happy
    May 28, 2012 at 4:03 am

    This sounds amazing!

  27. Susan
    September 3, 2012 at 9:01 am

    This combination is almost Polish — it reminds me of pierogi. Nice recipe.

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