Ravioli with Artichokes, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Peas in a Champagne Cream Sauce

Making homemade ravioli each holiday season has always been a tradition in my family. I remember when my kids were young, mixing and rolling the dough by hand, and one by one placing hundreds of meat and cheese filled ravioli on a special white floured sheet that I laid across my bed. I can’t say they looked real uniform, as some were square and some came out rectangled, but they all were a labor of love.

Fast forward to now, and we have the convenience of food processors to help mix up the dough in seconds and ravioli forms to make them look picture perfect, and now I would never think of rolling the dough by hand without a pasta machine!

We still keep our family tradition going, but now we have a lot more hands to help in the process, and it becomes a day we all look forward to, usually we try to get them done before Thanksgiving. I wrote a previous post on our ravioli extravaganza last year here.
Here’s a couple of photos from this year. I love how the pasta machine gets the dough nice and thin.
My oldest Granddaughter is now part of the tradition, and before we know it our new little one will be joining in on the fun.

We even tried making whole wheat dough for the first time, it’s a little tougher to work with and a little harder to crank through the machine, but they tasted great!Back to the recipe. Normally we eat our ravioli with a basil and garlic flavored marinara sauce, but for a elegant way of serving them you have to try my roasted garlic champagne cream sauce. It’s not something you have everyday, but for a special occasion it’s the perfect dish, and besides you’ll have plenty of leftover champagne to sip while your eating. Don’t worry, you certainly don’t have to make your own homemade ravioli for this, you can use any good store bought kind that you like.

The sauce is simply made by sauteing 1/2 of an onion with 4 cloves of roasted garlic in some olive oil. Pop open your champagne and add in 1 1/2 cups. Cook until it reduces down then whisk in 1 1/2 cups of heavy cream. Simmer until it all thickens together.

While the ravioli are cooking, in a large saute pan add some frozen artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes and peas with a little olive oil. Add in your champagne sauce then add in the cooked raviolis, season with black pepper. Garnish with parsley and grated parmesan. The flavors are wonderful together.

On a side note!

I’ve been busy making pasta. The other day I decided I was going to make a bunch and give it out to a few of my friends for gifts.

I did this late at night.

Alone in my kitchen.

It was fun!

Happy Holidays to all my dear readers and friends out there! I know you’ll all be doing some good eating!

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  1. OMG…why do I do this to myself??? I check out your blog late at night (usually after work) and I’m so stinken hungry and then I look at all these fabulous dishes, and my stomach goes nuts and I start to drool.

    Seriously Marie, your food is off the chart. Your presentation is so mouth watering, I can almost taste it!!!! LOL

    Have yourself a wonderful Christmas too with all your loved ones!! They are blessed to have you my dear.


  2. Marie – I love that you get the whole family involved in the ravioli making. that champagne cream sauce sounds decadently wonderful. And what a nice friend to make all that pasta. that is a great idea I may steal from you.

  3. Love the Epernay bottle and the family ravioli party, wish I could come and help. I would wear the P.I.C. apron!

  4. My dear S-I-L, thanks for the homemade pasta that I have safely in my freezer. Pondering what would be the perfect ingredients to add to it…

  5. That is a tasty and colourful ravioli dish!

  6. All I have to say is YUMMO! Wish I was on the other end and receiving some of that wonderful pasta… Thanks for the GREAT recipe… Have a super day!


  7. how fun! I also save my ravioli-making for special occasions or big crowds. Hoping to get some friends together soon for a raviolathon!

  8. What a fun holiday tradition! And once again this makes me wonder why I wasn’t lucky enough to be born Italian. I’m just happy you are sharing your recipes! That champagne sauce with ravioli sounds fabulous!!

  9. I have also been making edible gifts. Your thought about giving fresh pasta is wonderful. The recipients will be delighted. And your ravioli! May you and your family have a peaceful and joyous time during the Holidays. Buone Feste

  10. Your ravioli look perfect! I make my own pasta for Xmas too, probably lasagna this year, but ravioli would be too fiddly for me to make on the day. I’d probably freeze then use them at Xmas.
    Buon Natale e Buon Anno. The very Best!

  11. MMmmmm, Marie, your champagne sauce sound so good! Having a family “ravioli making day” sounds like a wonderful tradition.

    I love fresh pasta and I’d adore getting a gift like that … a wonderful idea! I bought a jar of sepia ink at the Italian import market recently and I can’t wait to make “black pasta” 🙂

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Marie, especially your new little grand daughter on her first one!

  12. What a great gift idea! I love my Atlas pasta roller. I love to knead dough, so don’t generally use my pasta machine or the KA. However, after spending 23 grueling minutes kneading my spinach pasta the other day, I may be revving up the motor next time. I gave away my ravioli forms a while back and just said maybe Santa will bring me some. I’d love to experiment with fillings. Your champagne sauce sounds great!

  13. I do love ravioli. My seven year old loves to help. Such a great way to bind a family!
    How did your pasta gifts turn out.

  14. How I love pasta-making elves, Marie. You are the best. What a wonderful tradition!
    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  15. Looking forward to making this recipe with my girls.

  16. Looking forward to making this recipe with my girls.
    thanks so much for sharing this.

  17. This would be such a special way to get together with the family..so much fun..and the sauce…divine.

  18. Marie,
    Your dish is beautiful and it’s perfect for the holidays!
    I wish you and yours a blessed Christmas.
    Your bud,
    Maryann xox

  19. We did a similar pasta yesterday, it is called Cappelletti and it’s a traditional dish from Umbria that we use to eat during Christmas time. We did Cappelletti together with my grandma, she did the dough without any machine, only by hand. It is spectacular how traditions can be so cooool! We made some pictures: http://www.flickr.com/photos/umbrialovers/4203447932/

  20. The title of your dish made me whimper with desire. This dish has all of my favorite components. How I long to learn how to make my own pasta! I will, someday. What a lovely tradition. Merry Christmas, from California!

  21. I came across you blog today and had so much fun! What a great post. I love making pasta, just don’t do it often enough…actually, I haven’t in ….. a very loooong time. your post was motivating!

  22. Marie, these look and must have been absolutely divine. 1st being homemade, and that sauce ummm!! I love this reminder, as it’s been sometime since I’ve made rav’s….

    Wishing you and your family a “Very Happy & Merry Christmas”



  23. Your ravioli dish looks delicious. I love fresh pasta. It makes such a difference.

  24. Over the top, Marie! Love the champagne sauce. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  25. Hey Marie… hittin it outta the park as usual… this looks great- I need to ask Santa for a pasta machine this year. I started to cook my fish yesterday for the Octopus Salad on Christmas Eve and have been soaking the bacalao for EVER… so naturally I thought of you and had to stop in. I will be better about my reading and writing in the new year… Its been too long- missing old friends and old blogs… if you see La Befana around, tell her I said hi.

    Buon Natale

    Johnny T

  26. Looks like great fun and tasty too. You’ve got the right idea Marie – I love to cook with my family and friends – more elves to help out.

  27. I love your sauce! I want to make it.

    I had one unfortunate time making ravioli a couple of years ago. Since then, I have cheated with wonton skins. I need to get my pasta maker out at some point and at least do my own noodles once in a while.

  28. Italian food is by far my favorite type of cuisine (aside from Sushi, of course). LOL. But your blog has a lot of great and unique Italian recipes that would be perfect for me to try. Everything looks delicious.

  29. You have the magic touch of making everything look so pretty. The dish in the first photograph scream Christmas!

    Merry Christmas to you and the family!

  30. I love making homemade pasta and haven’t made it in so long. I’m thinking about making lasagna for Christmas dinner this year.

  31. What a great holiday tradition Marie! I have never made ravioli but have always wanted to try. Your champagne sauce looks spectacular. I am sure that it would be great on so many things -maybe even scallops or salmon?

    Merry Christmas! Enjoy!

  32. Hi Marie, that looks fun and delicious, wishing you and your family a perfect Christmas and a safe and happy New Year, look forward to stopping by for more deliciousness in 2010, have fun, Kathy xx

  33. Baking with family is a wonderful holiday tradition. Isn’t cooking with grandchildren just the best ever!

    Holiday best wishes and blessings to you and your family, Marie. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  34. I no sooner finished baking 24 different types of Italian cookies and five Italian desserts and you cl\ome along with your raviolis and I know I have to make them.
    Merry merry Christmas. I wish you and yours joy.

  35. Such a wonderful holiday tradition. The sauce sounds fabulous and I especially like the whole wheat dough.

    Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family Marie!
    Lori Lynn
    P.S. Is there some Champagne left for sipping?

  36. Auguroni to you and your family Marie. Always a pleasure to stop by!

  37. love the ravioli! it’s my favorite pasta and I’ve never made it myself. butternut squash and mushroom is my fave. great looking pasta! happy New Year!

  38. Your ravioli look delicious! We too have a tradition of making ravioli all together. Isn’t that just the Italian way! Love it!

  39. Marie, this ravioli is exquisite…love the ingredients and colour of the dish.

    Merry Christmas!

  40. our ravioli looks beautiful! That’s a great tradition! My grandmother used to make homemade ravioli or manicotti for every holiday. It would be so nice to restart that tradition and get the whole family involved!

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

  41. Jennifer Sand says:

    Your ravioli is not only a work of art and a beautiful tradition, but (even though it has been a long time!) they are delicious! PS I heart your inspiring blog! X O

  42. Oh. I really really love pasta! I wish I can go to Italy and try them all! yum yum!

    Merry Christmas to you!

  43. Everything looks so delicious. Happy New Year.

  44. My goal this year is to make pasta noodles and ravioli skins at home! What a great post! Love it!