Raviolo with Egg Yold Truffle Butter

Is there anyone who doesn’t love Italian food? In this episode, Martha introduces her modern American take on four favorites: eight-layer lasagna, chicken Parmesan, raviolo with egg yolk, and linguine with red or white clam sauce. Each is guaranteed to be a hit with friends and family.

Serves: 4


  • 1 bunch spinach, washed well and dried
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese
  • 3 ounces freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • Coarse salt
  • Basic Pasta Dough (recipe follows)
  • 2 ounces fresh white truffles or black truffles, jarred, shaved (optional)


  1. Place spinach in a steamer basket set over simmering water. Cook until spinach is wilted; drain. Heat 1/2 tablespoon butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add spinach and cook until coated with butter, about 2 minutes. Let cool completely.
  2. Finely chop spinach and add to a medium bowl along with ricotta, and half the Parmesan cheese. Season with nutmeg, white pepper, and salt. Stir to combine. Transfer filling mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch round plain tip; set aside.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Set the rollers of a hand-cranked or electric pasta machine at their widest opening. Flatten dough with the palms of your hands; dust lightly with flour. Roll dough through widest setting. Keep rolling dough through the machine on decreasing settings until you have rolled it through the first six settings.
  4. Lay one piece of dough flat on work surface. Using a 2-inch round cutter, gently mark 4 circles in dough, about 5 inches apart. Using circle as a guide, pipe filling around each circle and continue piping to form a 1-inch high edge. Place 1 egg yolk in the center of each circle; season with salt and white pepper. Brush a little cold water around filling and gently place remaining piece of dough over filling and yolks to cover. Gently press edges together to seal, eliminating as much air as possible. Center a 4-inch fluted round cutter around filling and cut each raviolo.
  5. Add salt to boiling water and return to boil. Gently transfer ravioli to boiling water and cook for 2 minutes. Meanwhile, place remaining butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until melted and lightly browned. Drain ravioli and divide among 4 serving plates. Pour over browned butter and garnish with remaining cheese and shaved truffles, if desired.