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Homemade Ravioli

Homemade ravioli isn’t difficult to make. Just roll up your sleeves and prepare to get dusted with flour. It’s fun to make and delicious to eat!
homemade ravioli doughToday was my day off and, much like that lady on the food network who seems really mean, I spent it cooking (minus the film crew and culinary prestige of course). I woke up early to bake thin mints (yes, just like the Girl Scout cookies!), and then I went to a friend’s house to make homemade ravioli. And by make, I mean he did all the work while I snapped pictures. Kind of nice for a change.

Like all things that require a kneaded dough, homemade ravioli intimidated me. I understand the basics of kneading, but I am a visual learner and I don’t think there is a book that can show you how hard to press or teach you what the proper consistency is when the kneading is all done.

So please excuse my lack of an official recipe, but this one is a touch test.

 

 

Homemade Ravioli - This Italian pasta isn't as hard to make as it might seem. It's actually sort of fun! Just prepare to be covered in flour when you're finished. | Get the recipe from passthesushi.com

Homemade Ravioli

from the kitchen of a friend

Ingredients:

  • 3 to 4 cups flour, plus more for flouring your work surface
  • 5 to 6 eggs
  • Red sauce of choice (or make it from scratch, might as well if your bothering to make the ravioli from scratch. He did)
  • Fillings of choice ( Use what you have on hand. Cooked sausage, pepperoni, ground beef, ricotta cheese, potatoes, spinach, etc.)

Preparation:

In a large bowl, create a well in the center of your flour for the eggs. Poor in the eggs and combine with a fork until everything starts to stick together a bit. Use your hands to combine the rest of the way. Knead the dough for 10 minutes continuously folding the dough back onto it self . Form a ball with the dough and wrap your dough in plastic wrap. Set aside for 35 to 40 minutes. This recipe makes about a pound of dough.

Homemade ravioli being prepared. The filling is sitting on top of the dough, waiting to be rolled up.Cut your dough into 4 sections, wrapping the sections you are not working with in a damp towel and set aside. Flour your work surface and roll out one section at a time. Get the dough as thin as you can by hand and use a round mold to cut your ravioli sized portions (dealers choice – you can cut though dough into squares for triangle ravioli as well). Put a small amount if filling in the center of each ravioli. Wet the edges of the ravioli with water and pinch shut. Repeat process until all the dough is used.

Boil the ravioli in a a large pot for only 2 or 3 minutes each, drain and toss with sauce of choice.

 

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Homemade ravioli - a labor of love | Get the recipe from passthesushi.comI’m a girl, so I am inherently crazy, but I find sitting in the kitchen working with food all day more relaxing then a med spa. At least I don’t have to worry about people touching me or falling asleep and drooling on myself. Its social, not just sitting on your butt and at the end of it all you get to see people enjoy what you cook.

I don’t have to think about whatever is pecking away at me, work or anything. I just have to focus on whether or not that was the second or third scoop of flour and not to cut my digits off. Even when I’m alone in the kitchen, it’s calming.

As for the kneading of dough issue, I need to get over that. I make it hard or complex in my head and it’s really not. The few times I have watched someone do it, it’s a piece of cake.

 

Building that bridge… over it. Setting it on fire. I’m now a homemade ravioli master.

Homemade Ravioli - This Italian pasta isn't as hard to make as it might seem. It's actually sort of fun! Just prepare to be covered in flour when you're finished. | Get the recipe from passthesushi.com

Memoria

Saturday 28th of August 2010

I love making fresh pasta. I've yet to make fresh ravioli, though. Your ravioli look perfect!

Adelina

Friday 27th of August 2010

This looks awesome! A big bow down to you for making ravioli at home - I can never do that!

Why can't they sell just plain ravioli at the store like they do with wonton skin??? I've always wondered but I could never find out the reason for them not selling pre-made plain ravioli....Do you?!

Thanks for sharing!

Kita

Sunday 29th of August 2010

I have no clue either. Most of my local grocery stores don't have wonton wrappers either, I use a small Asian market for those treasures.