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Egg Yolk Ravioli in Herb Laminated Pasta

Egg Yolk Ravioli in Herb Laminated Pasta

John Moroney has built a substantial following sharing delicious 'Date Night' meals on TikTok under the handle @datenightcooking. We asked John to come up with a delicious date night recipe for us, and he didn't disappoint. 

This recipe is one to impress, and one best left for when your date can watch you cook the meal, not just enjoy the results. Special occasion coming up? Birthday? Anniversary? With this recipe you'll be able to show your date just how talented you are in the kitchen.

Then again, if you're a fan of pasta but wanting to start with something a little more simple, try our basic pasta dough recipe, and make a super simple ravioli or fettuccine by hand.


For The Pasta

180g 00 Flour, plus more for dusting

20g semolina

2 whole eggs

2 cups of mixed herbs (basil, sage and parsley) de-stemmed


For The Filling

6 large egg yolks *save the whites for an omelette or meringue*

100g wilted spinach *finely chopped

200g ricotta

Half a lemon

Pinch of pepper

Pinch of ground nutmeg

Salt to taste


To Finish

Drizzle of olive oil

Parmesan to your liking


  1. Weigh out 180g of '00' flour and 20g of semolina flour.
  2. Make mound of flour on work surface and make a well with the egg.
  3. Crack 2 whole eggs into well
  4. Gently mix egg mixture and slowly incorporate flour.
  5. Once incorporated, knead for 15 minutes.
  6. Cover in cling and place in fridge for 1 hour.
  7. The herbs that are going to be laminated in the pasta need to be de-stemmed and inspected so that only the smaller and thinner ones are used. If they are too thick they can break through the pasta.
  1. Place spinach in a pot of boiling water for 2 minutes.
  2. Remove from water, drain and press with a paper towel.
  3. The spinach will still be quite wet; that’s okay. Finely chop and add to a mixing bowl along with the ricotta, lemon juice and zest, pepper, ground nutmeg and salt.
  4. If you don’t have a piping bag, use a zip lock bag by folding one of the corners diagonally and using sticky tape to secure it.
  5. Fill the bag with the ricotta filling and set aside in the fridge.
Putting It Together
  1. Fill a large pot with water, add salt and bring to a gentle boil.
  2. Remove pasta dough ball from fridge and cut in half.
  3. Roll out dough with a rolling pin and pass it though a pasta machine until it’s at its lowest setting. Repeat with the other dough ball.
  4. Lay out both sheets of pasta and arrange the herbs onto one of the sheets in a nice pattern.
  5. Place the other sheet of pasta on top and gently roll over with a rolling pin.
  6. Change pasta machine settings to 4 notches from the thinnest, and work sheet through.
  7. After it has gone through once, cut sheet in half. One will be the top and the other will be the bottom
  8. Work both through the machine again until you get to the thinnest setting.
  9. Break 6 eggs into a bowl making sure that the yolks don’t break.
  10. Take the ricotta filling out of the fridge. Cut the tip off the piping bag and pipe 6 circles of filling along one of the sheets. TIP: It helps to start at each end and work towards the middle so that you have even spacing
  11. Using an "egg wash" brush, gently dip the brush into the bowl of eggs, using the whites to create a wash around each of the ricotta circles. You can use a finger if you don’t have a brush.
  12. Gently pick up each egg yolk, leaving the whites to drain back into the bowl through your fingers and place one yolk into each of the ricotta circles.
  13. Cover bowl of egg whites with cling film and put in fridge for an omelette tomorrow morning or for a meringue for dessert tonight.
  14. Gently place second sheet of pasta over the one with the filling, and press down to ensure sheet has attached
  15. Cut out each ravioli out with a cookie cutter and place on well dusted tray.
  16. Without crowding the pot of boiling water, cook the ravioli for 3 minutes each or until your liking.
  17. Finish with a drizzle of olive and parmesan.

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