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- For the Soup:
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 3-4 carrots
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning blend
- 1 TBSP avocado oil or olive oil
- 3 cups vegetable stock or broth
- 28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2-3/4 cup Plain Whole Milk Kefir
- 1-2 cups fresh chopped baby spinach
- 1 & 1/2 cup of mini farmer cheese ravioli
- Mini Farmer Cheese Ravioli:
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 cups frozen spinach (thawed)
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup Farmer Cheese
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 egg
- 30 wonton wrappers
- Directions for soup:
- Peel and finely dice carrots and onion. The smaller the dice the faster they'll cook. Peel 4 cloves of fresh garlic and finely mince.
- Heat 1 TBSP oil in a dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat.
- Add onion and carrots. Sauté until tender (approx. 6 minutes). Then add garlic and Italian seasoning and saute an additional 30-60 seconds.
- Add 3 cups of veggie stock and crushed tomatoes. Stir well to combine. Bring soup to a rolling boil, then reduce heat to low/simmer. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Once the veggies have reached your ideal tenderness, bring the soup back up to a medium simmer and add your fresh farmer cheese ravioli.
- Allow the ravioli to simmer until fully cooked and softened.
- Stir in plain whole milk kefir.
- Lastly, chop your spinach and stir into the hot soup to wilt the greens. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Add your garnish and enjoy!
- For the Ravioli
- Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil to the pan.
- Add garlic and let simmer for 1 minute until garlic becomes fragrant, and then add the spinach.
- Sauté the spinach and garlic for 2-3 minutes and season with salt and pepper.
- Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
- In a large bowl, combine ricotta, Parmesan, and spinach, and mix well.
- Whisk the egg in a small bowl and set it aside.
- Place wonton wrappers on a clean surface.
- Place about 1/4 tsp. of the spinach filling in each corner of the wonton wrapper, creating four separate ravioli per wrapper.
- Place another wonton wrapper on top of the bottom one and press around each spinach dollop, not allowing any air to be trapped under.
- Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, carefully cut four ravioli out of each wonton wrapper.
- Repeat the process until all ravioli are made.