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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Homemade Ravioli

 I can't remember the last time I made Ravioli.

I had some egg yolks to use up so I decided to make another batch of homemade pasta.

For the filling, I just adapted my favourite meatball recipe, making a few adjustments and adding ricotta to the mix. 

Many recipes use a raw meat mix in the filling. 
Since ravioli, especially fresh, cook quickly, I prefer the meat
to be at least partially cooked. 




Homemade Pasta

I watched a friends Italian Momma make her pasta one day. (She did it all by hand)  I make it following her directions but I use the Food Processor to mix and knead.

1 egg for each cup of flour( plus an extra egg for every 3 cups of flour, ie. 3 cups flour = 4 eggs, 6 cups flour = 8 eggs.
Salt
1 tablespoon of olive oil, per three cups of flour.
TIP:  I often find myself with egg yolks to use up.  I sub 5 to 6 egg yolks for whole eggs in three cups of flour.
Put the flour on a large board and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into the well and sprinkle with salt and oil . Use your fingertips to mix up the eggs and then start to incorporate the flour into the eggs. Eventually it will all come together. (add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water if necessary) Knead dough until smooth. Let sit covered for 15 or 20 minutes. Divide dough into smaller portions and run through a pasta rolling machine or roll out by hand. Let dry slightly and then cut into desire widths.  Leave out to dry or use fresh. When dried she always stored it in a wax paper lined box, in a cool place. (note:  I don't use a pasta machine, I roll the dough out by hand on a large floured board)

You can also mix and knead this in the Cuisinart, which is what I do when I make it.

My friends mom would make 12 and 15 egg pasta at a time and give it to all of her family members (and me, a would-be family member). After she cut the pasta she would lay the strands flat. She would have it spread out everywhere there was a flat surface and also hang it from a broomstick strung between two drawers. Once it was dry she would gather up the stiff pieces and put them in boxes. Because I don't make that much at a time, I just lay it all over my table and counter.

NOTE:  Depending on the flour and the eggs, sometimes you will need more eggs. 

 Homemade Ravioli

Ravioli Filling

1/2 pound ground pork (finely ground)
Olive oil
1 shallot , finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic
1 small bunch of fresh basil
Ricotta cheese
Parmesan cheese
Salt, pepper
1 egg

Saute shallot in olive oil until soft. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.   Add the ground pork and cook until no longer pink.   Remove from heat.
(TIP:  If the ground pork is too coarse, use stick blender to break up into finer texture.)
Season with salt, pepper.  Add chopped basil, ricotta cheese and Parmesan. Let cool slightly.  Add beaten egg.  Mix well and refrigerate.

Sauce

Olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 large can of quality plum tomatoes
Large bunch of fresh basil
Salt and pepper

Heat olive oil, add garlic, cook for 30 to 45 seconds, until fragrant. Do not brown.  Break up or puree the tomatoes.  Add to pan. Season with
salt and pepper.  Add half the chopped basil and simmer until slightly reduced.   Add the remaining basil, the cooked ravioli.  Spoon sauce
over Ravioli and serve.

Sauce can be used over any pasta.
 

12 comments:

  1. They look perfect! What an excellent job. Funny, I always use raw meat for Chinese dumplings but use cooked in ravioli too. Great recipe and I love ravioli. Do you use one of those makers? I've always wondered if they work.

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    1. Deana, no I rolled the dough out by hand and filled and cut the ravioli using a little fluted pastry wheel.

      Funny, I do the same thing when I make Chinese dumplings.

      ~Ann

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  2. These look so good Ann...I have never made ravioli with meat, only cheese or spinach and cheese. I also always use raw meat for Chinese dumplings...

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    1. Linda, I have some ricotta cheese leftover and I have a bag of baby spinach. Maybe I should make another batch.

      ~Ann

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  3. Delicioso..love meals like this..I love making pasta too..my last attempt was a flop..beet...

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    1. Thanks Monique. I can't imagine anything you make being a flop.

      ~Ann

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  4. I really, really want to make this. I love your recipe since I always cook in small batches. If it is a flop I only wasted a cup of flour and one egg, and if I am successful, well I'll think I am a chef. :)

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  5. Ms Lemon, if you make extra pasta dough you can roll it out and cut it into linguine or thicker pasta. Let it dry and you will have enough for another meal.

    Here is a link to a recent post: http://www.thibeaultstable.com/2013/05/italian-roasted-chicken-with-homemade.html

    ~Ann

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  6. Looks delicious - homemade lobster ravioli is on the menu here tonight.

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  7. Another fear to conquer. I've never tried my hand at homemade pasta, but I must admit your recent posts are really tempting. Your description of the mom spreading out pasta to dry on "everywhere there was a flat surface" brought back memories of my grandmother and her handmade phyllo dough sheets.

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  8. Delicious.
    To us, homemade Ravioli turns a common day into a celebration. Time for me to break out the pasta machine again.

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  9. I forgot to ask one more question. Did you use all purpose flour or 00 flour combo?

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