Thursday, October 27, 2011
How To Make Homemade Ravioli
Making homemade pasta seems like a daunting task and it was to me too, but it was one of those things I wanted to learn to do. My youngest has serious food allergies and after a couple of very scary moments when he was a baby, it became clear that making homemade food was best for him. This ravioli is his favorite.
And let me tell ya, making ravioli from scratch is a heck of a lot easier, and faster, if you have one of these gadgets.
To get started with your pasta dough, grab these ingredients. I doubled my recipe here, however, the recipe listed below is NOT doubled.
Homemade Ravioli with 4 Cheese Filling
3/4 cup plus 2 TBS all purpose flour
3/4 cup plus 2 TBS cake flour
2 TBS olive oil
4 Cheese Filling
8 oz. ricotta cheese
4 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup sharp provolone
To make pasta dough, combine flours, make a well in large bowl and crack both eggs into along with olive oil. Whisk, slowly incorporating flour until your dough comes together. If it's too dry, add very small amounts of water at a time. Form into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and let rest at room temp. for approximately 30 minutes.
Prepare cheese filling by combining filling ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
After dough has rested, cut the dough into four portions. Working with one portion at a time, flatten the dough into a disk and send through a pasta machine on the lowest setting. Roll through each setting up to setting 7.
Place dough across ravioli press and using the top portion of the press, press it into your dough to create indentations in your pasta for your filling. Fill with about a half a tablespoon of your filling and cover with another sheet of pasta dough. Take a rolling pin and roll across the dough to seal and cut the ravioli. Turn onto a floured cookie sheet and repeat entire process with remaining dough. After all ravioli are made, you can freeze them individually on the cookie sheet and then when completely frozen, transfer to a freezer bag, or cook immediately in salted boiling water. Ravioli are done when they float to the top.
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