Xigbar (hyperform) wrote in vegancooking,

I was inspired by kejlina a couple days ago explaining a botched bean ravioli experiment. I thought that in theory, bean ravioli would be good, so I figured I'd give it a shot, given stuff I had around the house.

1 cup flour (I used white whole wheat)
1/2 cup water
1 tsp olive oil

make a dough, roll it out. This is simply a half of a recipe of a eggless pasta dough that kejlina pointed me to. Cut it up into large squares. Squares. Maybe 3" or 4" on a side.

1/2 can dark red kidney beans (it's the only bean i had on hand)
1/2 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp sage
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp tahini
1 tsp lemon juice
2 cl garlic sauteed in 1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast

mash all that stuff together into a paste. I just used a fork. Place about a teaspoon in the middle of each square and fold one edge to the opposite to make a triangle. Press the edges down with the tines of a fork, then repeat on teh other side to get a good seal. Boil them in salted water for 5-10 minutes, until they float to the top and look... cooked. Fish them out with a fork or a strainer spoon or something and serve with tomato sauce.

The filling sounds sort of funky, but that's what I was going for. I wanted a sort of complex flavor that would come through despite the sort of thick pasta that I ended up with and a liberal application of tomato sauce. I think it came out tasting alright, the taste came through I think a little too subtle still, even though plain it had quite a strong flavor. I think if I was going to do it again, I'd throw in a stark white wine like cooking wine or even dry vermouth. I didn't think of it at the time, but I have some crimini mushrooms that probably would have made a really good addition to the flavor minced very finely and sauteed with the garlic. I suppose my hunger got the best of me this time around. The pasta sauce I used, which was Ragu super chunky mushroom, was pretty strong flavored, too.

Despite all that though, I think it's a pretty good overall result. I'd make it again. It's a good place to start, anyway. Perhaps tomorrow I'll use the rest of that can of kidney beans and do some more tweaking.
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