For this dish, we look to Sicily’s rich history for inspiration. Two key ingredients that reside at the heart of Sicilian cooking form this dish - aubergine and ricotta. The first, aubergine - or better known in Italy as “melanzane” - has been grown in Sicily since the 800s, after it was brought from South Central Asia, through the Middle East, to Europe. The most common aubergine dish in Sicily is pasta “alla Norma”. We’ve drawn inspiration from this dish, creating a ravioli filling that is reminiscent of the classic flavours of the famed Norma sauce.
To complete this ravioli filling, we combine the aubergine with ricotta. Ricotta is a Sicilian specialty that has been produced on the island for centuries. While ricotta is not strictly a cheese, it is made during the cheese-making process. Leftover whey is heated until the milk solids solidify. This is then skimmed from the remaining liquid, forming ricotta. This may not seem like a glorious process, but we assure you the end result is delectable. Within Sicily, ricotta is best known as the base for the decadent filling in the much-loved cannoli dessert. However, this cheese (if we can call it that) is equally as delicious in savoury dishes. Here, the creaminess of the ricotta complements the flavour and texture of slow-roasted aubergine.
With our ravioli filled to the brim with a delicious blend of ricotta and aubergine, all that is left is the finishing touches. To amplify to the savoury aubergine flavours, we dress the ravioli in a simple sage butter. The sage herb is known to have an earthy flavour with a slight sweetness. After infusing in butter, this combination forms the perfect pairing for our ravioli. We hope you taste a little of Sicilian history with each bite.
Pasta (Durum WHEAT Semolina, WHEAT Flour “00”, Pasteurised EGGS (24%)), Filling (Ricotta Cheese (Pasteurised Cow MILK, Cream (MILK), Salt, Acidity Regulator: Lactic Acid) (38%), Aubergines (29%), Onions, Potato Flakes, Sundried Tomato, Grana Padano Cheese (Cow MILK, Salt, Rennet, EGG Lysozyme), Olive Oil, Garlic, Salt, White Pepper)