Fresh Borage Ravioli

Borage is a mild Mediterranean herb with a faint cucumber flavor, particularly popular along the Ligurian coast of Italy. Though it can be found in some specialty markets and is easy to grow, it remains something of a rarity in America. Dandelion leaves, Swiss chard, even spinach may be substituted for this dish.

Fresh Borage Ravioli
Borage, a mild Mediterranean herb with a faint cucumber flavor, makes for a fresh pasta. Dandelion greens or beet greens make a fine substitute.
Yield: serves 4

For the Pasta and Filling

  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 6 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 4 cups flour, plus more
  • 2 small yellow onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 12 lb. borage, cleaned and chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh sage
  • 12 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 oz. mild goat cheese, such as Montrachet

For the Sauce

  • 2 cups <a href="http://saveur.com/food/classic-recipes/chicken-stock-48789.html">Chicken Stock</a>
  • 2 tsp. <a href="http://www.saveur.com/food/classic-recipes/demi-glace-53816.html">Demi-Glace</a>
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 4 fresh sage leaves, julienned

Instructions

  1. For the pasta, whisk together eggs, 2 tbsp. oil, and vinegar in a small bowl. Place flour in a large mixing bowl or food processor. Gradually work egg mixture into flour, then turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Form dough into a ball, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. For the filling, heat 4 tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to soften, about 7 minutes. Add borage, garlic, basil, sage, parsley, and thyme and season with salt and pepper, then cook, stirring frequently, until greens wilt, about 5 minutes. Drain and allow to cool. Place borage mixture in a clean dish towel and squeeze dry. Transfer to a large bowl. Mix in cheese and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  3. Divide dough into four parts. Using a pasta machine, roll out dough as thinly as possible, then transfer to a lightly floured surface. Cut out about 60 rounds using a 2'' cutter. To assemble ravioli, spoon about 1 tsp. of filling into center of a dough round, brush edge with water, then top with another round, pinching to seal. Repeat process, using up all pasta rounds and filling.
  4. For the sauce, bring stock and demi-glace to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Reduce by three-quarters, 20–30 minutes, then whisk in butter. Meanwhile, cook ravioli in batches in a large pot of boiling salted water until they rise to the surface, 3–4 minutes. Drain and divide between four small plates. Top with sauce and garnish with julienned sage.