Make it fresh: Giada's four-cheese ravioli with herb pesto

Here, Giada De Laurentiis shows you how to make two dishes and a delicious drink using fresh and flavorful herbs that can be found in your backyard. Try a herb salad, a four-cheese ravioli with herb pesto and a herb and orange negroni.

Herb salad
Servings:

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

    • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plusmore for seasoning
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
    • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, stemmed (about 3 cups)
    • 1 bunch fresh basil, stemmed (about 3 cups)
    • 1 bunch fresh chives, chopped
    • 1 bunch fresh tarragon, stemmed (about 1/2 cup)
    • 1 cup arugula leaves
    • 1 fennel bulb, halved, cored, and thinly sliced
    • Edible flowers, for garnish

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Four-cheese ravioli with herb pesto
Servings:

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • Herb pesto

    • 1 packed cup fresh basil leaves
    • 1/2 packed cup fresh mint leaves
    • 1/2 packed cup of fresh Italian parsley leaves
    • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted* see Cook's Note
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon anchovy paste
    • 1/2 cup (1 1/2 ounces) grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Ravioli filling

    • 11/2 cups (12 ounces), fresh whole-milk ricotta cheese
    • 3/4 packed cup (3 ounces) coarsely grated mozzarella cheese, at room temperature
    • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, at room temperature
    • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
    • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    • 1/4 cup plain breadcrumbs
    • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1 teaspoon water
    • 35 store-bought wonton wrappers
    • 11/2 tablespoons kosher salt
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

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Herb and orange negroni
Servings:

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • Herb and orange negroni

    • 1 cup herb-infused vodka, recipe follows
    • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice
    • 1/2 cup sweet vermouth
    • 1/2 cup sparkling water (optional)
    • 1/4 cup bitters, recommended: Campari
    • Ice
    • Fresh thyme sprigs and orange slices to garnish
  • Herb-infused vodka

    • 4 (6-inch-long) stems fresh rosemary
    • 8 (6-inch-long) stems fresh oregano
    • 8 (4-inch-long) stems fresh thyme
    • 1 (750 ml) bottle vodka

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