Ravioli

About this dish

  • Serves: 4-6
  • Time: 60 minutes
  • Method: stove top

We traditionally make these only with a cheese filling, though there are lots of options.

Ingredients

  •  pasta dough you’ll need a 4-egg batch at least, and make sure the dough is still a little more wet than dry (and rests at least 15 minutes after mixing)
  • pasta sauce whatever you like; you can also just put browned butter or warmed checchia (diced tomatoes) on top
  • extra flour (2-3 C) for dusting the counter and trays to prevent sticking

And the filling:

  • 1 lb ricotta full-fat or ‘lite’ is OK
  • 1/2 lb mozarella shredded. ‘full-fat’ preferred
  • 1 C grating cheese  – we use pecorino romano (Locatelli is the brand we used growing up), but parmesan or romano is fine
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 T parsley flakes or fresh parsley, chopped up
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

Mix the filling together well and put inside a piping bag (or a large, heavy-duty baggie with a corner snipped off).

Roll the pasta into sheets around 5-6″ wide – if using a crank roller (electric or hand), use the “5” setting (i.e., 1-2 clicks thicker than the thinnest setting).

Lay the sheet on a flour-dusted surface. Pipe dollops of filling (about 1/2T) about 3″ apart, below-center as follows. Make sure the dollops are at least 3/4″ from the bottom edge:

+--------------------------------------------------------+
|                                                        |
|                                                        |
|                                                        |
|                                                        |
|  XX   XX   XX   XX   XX   XX   XX   XX   XX   XX   XX  | 
|                                                        |
+--------------------------------------------------------+

At this point, you MAY wet your finger and lightly wet the pasta where the * indicates (you should NOT have to, but might if the pasta is dry):

+--------------------------------------------------------+
|                                                        |
|                                                        |
|                                                        |
|********************************************************|
|* XX * XX * XX * XX * XX * XX * XX * XX * XX * XX * XX *| 
|********************************************************|
+--------------------------------------------------------+

Fold it over, and you’ll have a top folded edge (===) and little dimples “(XX)”:

+========================================================+
| (XX) (XX) (XX) (XX) (XX) (XX) (XX) (XX) (XX) (XX) (XX) |
|                                                        |
+--------------------------------------------------------+

Push the pasta down lightly with your fingers, going between the dimples and across
the bottom (see below – where the # marks are). Try to push the air out of the
dimples – air will make the pasta pop open when you cook it.

+========================================================+
|#(XX)#(XX)#(XX)#(XX)#(XX)#(XX)#(XX)#(XX)#(XX)#(XX)#(XX)#|
|########################################################|
+--------------------------------------------------------+

Cut the squares apart where you pushed down (along the # marks) – if you have a crimper/cutter, that’s one step. If not, you will need to finish by crimping
the edges with a fork. Do NOT press too hard – you want to seal the pasta, not tear it.

Place on a cookie sheet amply dusted with flour. Do not overlap.

At this point you can:

  • cook them, in lots of boiling salted water. cook for a few minutes
    after they float. check for doneness by testing the edge (eat one!)
    where the pasta is thickest
  • freeze them on the sheet. once frozen, you can remove them from
    the sheet and place in baggies. they will freeze 3-6 months easily.

DO NOT DEFROST before cooking; just dump them frozen (carefully) into boiling salted water.