Monday, January 8, 2018

Easy Homemade Ravioli Recipe

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Easy Homemade Ravioli Recipe

When it comes to Italian food there is nothing like this easy homemade ravioli recipe. Ravioli are so versatile because there are so many options for the filling.

We happened to be visiting Sammy and as luck would have it he was in the process of making ravioli. This was a great opportunity to capture the process and post it.

The filling that Sammy had ready was ricotta cheese, sausage, and spinach. This is one of the many fillings you can use for ravioli.

Filling with ricotta cheese, sausage, and spinach:

1 lb. (16 oz.) ricotta cheese
1/2 lb. Italian bulk sausage (cooked, crumbled and cooled)
1 egg
2 cups chopped spinach (fresh or frozen)
1 clove minced garlic (Optional)
salt and pepper to taste

In a small frying pan cook the sausage. Break it up as fine as possible while cooking. Let the sausage cool before mixing with the ricotta cheese.

In a mixing bowl mix the ricotta cheese, spinach, garlic, egg, and salt and pepper. Now add the cooled sausage and mix well. Cover and refrigerate while you make the dough.

The Dough:

4 cups all-purpose flour (more if needed)
4 eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

We use our KitchenAid Stand Mixer for this. Add the flour, olive oil, and salt into the mixing bowl. Add one egg at a time mixing on low speed. Do this until a ball of dough forms, then knead it by hand on a floured surface. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes.

If you don't have a stand mixer you can mix the dough by hand. Mound the flour onto a clean surface. Use your fingers starting in the middle of the mound create a well. Add your eggs, oil, and salt in the middle and begin working in the flour. Knead by hand until the dough is formed.

Tip: If the dough is too dry add a teaspoon of water or more as needed. Or, if the dough is too wet add a little more flour.

Ravioli Dough

Getting ready to roll the dough. Cut the dough into four equal sections. I know, here you only see three that's because Sammy has one in the roller.

Easy Homemade Ravioli Recipe: Rolling the Dough

Rolling ravioli dough


Using the pasta attachment for the KitchenAid. Take one section and begin on a wider setting running the dough through. The move the dial to thinner settings and then to the thinnest setting. Make sure you don't have any tears or holes in the dough.

Again if you don't have a KitchenAid or a pasta machine get out the rolling pin. Take one section of dough and on a floured surface roll into a circle as thin as you can without holes or tears in the dough. Cut about 4-inch strips.

Filling Ravioli

Lay the strip of dough on a floured surface and cut in half. Sammy used a 1-1/2 tablespoon scooper to the place the filling onto the dough. Now with two fingers, Sammy spreads a little water on both halves of the dough.  The water helps stick the dough together.

Form the ravioli

Place the second half of the dough over the filling. Lightly press around the filling to form the ravioli.

Cutting the ravioli

Now Sammy centers this handy ravioli cutter over the filling and firmly presses to cut out the ravioli.  Tip: If you don't have one of these handy cutters just use a mason jar you'll have the same tasty ravioli only it will be round.

Finished Ravioli

After cutting the ravioli carefully pull the extra dough away. Roll out the extra dough into another strip and make more.

Sammy yielded about 30 delicious ravioli from this recipe.

As I said, in the beginning, there are so many options for ravioli fillings here is our typical ricotta cheese filling recipe.

Ricotta Cheese Filling:

1 lb. ricotta cheese
1 egg
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons parsley
1 clove garlic minced (optional)
salt and pepper to taste


As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy

Some Handy tools for making Easy Homemade Ravioli


9 comments:

  1. Looks so good! what an excellent tutorial as well

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    1. Thank you so much Barbara, and thanks for stopping by!

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  2. These look delicious. Probably beyond my ability... but a really good tutorial!

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    1. Thanks you, Dawn, don't be silly, if I can make these anybody can!!

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  3. What's great about making your own ravioli is you can determine what to stuff it with to give it different flavours.

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    1. I do agree Mary, the fillings seem to be unlimited. You can fill these with whatever you like. Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. One of my favorites Sam. My father often made them when he was alive. I was just thinking about this the other day. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It must be time to make some Brenda if you were thinking about them. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. We love homemade pasta, but have yet to make ravioli. We need to get on that! Sammy's look wonderful!

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