Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Homemade Ravioli

I've been so busy lately I haven't been able to cook, but I cleared some time on Monday night and decided to do something special: I made ravioli from scratch!

Here's final product:

Want to see how I did it?
Keep reading on!

First start with the filling. I choose to do two types--cheese and mushroom/spinach.

For the filling you need:

1 small container of ricotta
3 low fat string cheese mozzarella sticks (chopped fine)
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
1 egg
2 garlic cloves FINELY chopped
A dash of salt
A dash of pepper

After mixing it all together, separate 1/3 of the mixture into a separate bowl.

To the smaller mixture, add:
1 cup of spinach (I used fresh, but I think cooking it would be better)
About 1 cup of cremini mushrooms finely chopped

Now, for the actual pasta.
Here's the deal, it's REALLY rough at first, but you need to be patient and keep working the dough until it's smooth.

To make it, combine:
2 1/2 cups of flour 
2 eggs
Olive oil as needed (not very much)

Mix with your hands for best results.

THEN comes my favorite part:

You need a machine to roll the pasta into thin strips.
I use a manual pasta roller that has attachments for spaghetti and linguine, but you can get attachments for your Kitchen Aid or other machines.

This is important: Roll the dough slowly and start on the thickest rolling setting, slowly working the dough thinner and thinner until it's at the desired thickness. 

Then spoon filling onto pasta sheets, leaving about two three inches between the fillings.

Then, simply fold the dough over the top to cover, cut with a knife to trim to the desired size and use a fork to press the top layer of pasta into the bottom one to ensure the filling doesn't come out during cooking.

Cook for a few minutes until they float to the top and let cook one minute longer.
Then enjoy!!

This project took me about two and a half hours, but it was SO worth it!
Let me know if you try it out!


Unknown said...

oooh so yummy!
i love ravioli. not sure if i'd have that patience to wait that long...but, i want to give it a shot! haha

Unknown said...

Sounds delicious. I'm Italian so I love all forms of pasta, sauce and cheeeeese =] I'll have to try this recipe sometime when I have a few hours. Thanks for sharing =]

brlracincwgrl said...

I've never tried homemade pasta but always wanted to! Yours looks delicious!

Ashley Lane Hamlin said...

I'm impressed!!!

Nicole said...

I have always loved the idea of making your own pasta from scratch, but lack one key tool - a pasta machine. As soon as I get one I'll be doing this. You've inspired me!

the runaway romantique said...

Oh wow this looks so delicious! Would make a great family meal :) I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

- the runaway

Unknown said...

wow, i applaud you! that ravioli looks uhhhh-may-zing.