Raviol with red beet filling, also called casunziei rossi, are from the Lombardy and Veneto
regions of Italy. Casunziei is the term given to the folded half-moon shaped ravioli in
these regions. They are also sometimes called Christmas Beet Ravioli because they are
often served for Christmas. The beet-red filling shows through the dough and gives the
ravioli a beautiful rosy color. They are traditionally served with a butter and poppy seed
sauce. Beet ravioli are a nice accompaniment to ham or pork loin.
4 medium red beets, peeled and cut into 1-1/2 inch pieces
Salt and pepper
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon poppyseeds
Extra Parmesan for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the beets on a large baking sheet.
Drizzle the beets with oil and use your hands to coat the beets with the oil
Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, stirring once, until
the beets can be pierced easily with a fork. Remove and allow to cool.
Put beets in a food processor or use a potato masher. Process or mash the
beets until coarse. Add the ricotta and Parmesan cheese. Pulse to form a
slightly coarse mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Make the ravioli dough and follow the directions for filling and cooking.
To make the sauce:
Melt the butter with the poppyseeds in a small saucepan.
Pour the sauce over the cooked ravioli and sprinkle with Parmesan.