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How to Cook Pasta

Learning how to cook pasta isn't difficult. There are slight variations in recipe but most pasta recipes are almost the same. This pasta recipe is for four cheese homemade ravioli. This recipe can be found at the food network website.

1 packed cup fresh basil leaves
1/2 packed cup fresh Italian parsley leaves
1/2 packed cup fresh mint leaves
1/2 cup (1 1/2 ounces) grated Parmesan
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 tablespoon anchovy paste
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

For the pesto: In a food processor, combine the basil, parsley, mint, Parmesan, pine nuts, anchovy paste, pepper and garlic. Pulse until chunky. With the machine running, gradually add the olive oil until the pesto is smooth.

For the ravioli: In a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta, mozzarella, mascarpone, Parmesan, breadcrumbs, nutmeg, 3/4 teaspoon salt and the pepper.

In a small bowl, mix together the egg and 1 teaspoon water until smooth.

Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the edges of the wonton wrappers with the egg mixture. Spoon 1 level tablespoon of the filling into the center of each wonton wrapper. Fold the opposite corners of each wonton wrapper over to form triangle shapes. Seal the edges firmly, pressing out any air around the filling. (Can be made a few hours in advance. Cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to use.)

Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons salt and the olive oil. In batches, add the ravioli to the water and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender but still firm to the bite, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove the ravioli and drain in a colander. Transfer the ravioli to shallow soup bowls. Spoon the sauce over the ravioli and serve.