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Ravioli!

Ravioli!

Eric here – I cook, too.  Tonight, I made cheese ravioli.

Noodle dough

Step one: mix one cup of high-protein flour (bread flour, for example) with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil, one large egg, and a pinch of salt.  I use a food processor to mix it all together, but you could just as easily use a stand mixer, or do it the old fashioned way.  Once a nice, smooth dough forms, wrap it in plastic and rest for 10-20 minutes.  During the rest, you can make the filling.

I used a mixture of eight ounces of ricotta cheese, four ounces of cottage cheese, one large egg, about 1/2 ounce of grated parmigiano-reggiano, 1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella, and some dried basil and oregano.  (Yes, fresh would be better, but the dried herbs will do fine here – they’ll have plenty of time to soak up moisture while we’re working the noodle dough.)

I stuck the filling in the refrigerator to tighten up a bit, and started to work the dough.

Kitchenaid Pasta Roller

I use my stand mixer with the pasta roller attachment to roll out the dough into sheets.

Filling the dough

Then, spread out little mounds of filling on one of the sheets, brush the noodle with water (to help the pasta sheets stick together and seal), and cover with the top sheet.  As you press the top sheet down, make sure to press all the air out of the areas around the filling – you don’t want the ravioli to explode while they’re boiling.

Stamping the ravioli

I used to do this part with a knife and fork (cut with the knife, and make the pattern around the ravioli with the fork), and make square ravioli.  This little stamper/cutter makes the process much more enjoyable, and works much better.

Sam helping!

Kids can use it too.  Easy-peasy.

Once they’re all stamped out, pop them into boiling water for about a minute.  When they float, they’re pretty much done; I like to let them go another 15 seconds or so.  Sauce with whatever you like – melted butter, with or without herbs cooked in it (I like to fry sage leaves in butter), or tomato sauce, or béchamel, etc.  We used a red pepper sauce and a béchamel tonight.

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Enjoy!

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4 Responses to “Ravioli!”

  • Wavatar Biz says:

    Those look delicious! I am definitely going to be making homemade pasta this long weekend!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Wavatar Andrea says:

    Ooo! I make ravioli too, and I *have* one of those cutters, but use it for something else. I’m gonna have to try it…

  • Wavatar Sherry says:

    I haven’t made fresh pasta for years now but this is really making me want to dig out my pasta maker right about now.

  • Wavatar Tseten says:

    wow!! thank u… simple yet so grand… i’ll try making it soon.. thank u…:-)

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