How to make the best ravioli at home Aug 21, 2016 yumme Pasta 1 Ravioli is a kind of dumpling made by enclosing two layers of thin pasta dough with filling. No one is completely sure about the origins of ravioli. The word ravioli comes from the Italian word ‘riavvolgere’, which means ‘to wrap’ in English. The towns of Cremona and Genoa in Italy both claim that ravioli originated from them because of how they call it ‘rabiole’ in their local dialects. However, stuffed pasta that resembles ravioli can be charted all the way back to the Arabs in the 11th century. There are also early mentions of ravioli going way back in the 14th century, in a cookbook used by the cooks of King Richard II. The book was called Forme of Cury, and ravioli was listed there as rauioles. Ravioli was also mentioned in a manuscript from the 14th century written by a Tuscan merchant by the name of Francesco di Marco. It described the traditional way of preparing, cooking, and eating this delicious pasta. It featured ingredients like various green herbs, beaten eggs, and fresh cheese cooked in a broth. There are also references to ravioli in 16th century Rome, when it was served by Bartolomeo Scappu to the papal conclave in 1549. Ravioli has a long tradition in Italy of being served every Friday and during Lent when meaty dishes are put aside for vegetarian ones. Suffice it to say, regardless of ravioli’s true origins, it has been around for centuries, known by different names, and served as a special dish for special occasions. How to Make Ravioli The secret to having delicious ravioli is not owning the best pasta maker or the best pasta machine. The secret is in the freshness of the ravioli and its flavorful filling. You can experiment with many types of filling. Some top favorites include Italian sausage, ricotta cheese, mushroom, and crabmeat. You can also use many different kinds of sauces to make it even tastier, like butter sauce, tomato marinara, or butternut squash sauce. Making ravioli sounds simple enough. But for the occasional cooks, it can get pretty messy. Especially if you won’t be using a ravioli press, a ravioli rolling pin, or a ravioli cutter. Nothing wrong with going at it with your bare hands. But laying sheets of pasta, scooping the filling, and sealing them with another sheet of pasta can really test your patience. Not only does it get messy, you also end up having your raviolis in odd sizes. They can end up being more pasta than ravioli filling. If they’re not properly done, they can also break open while cooking. If you’re looking for a good starter ravioli maker, you can try the Kitchenaid ravioli maker (Check it out!). It’s easy to operate, works great, and right in your budget. Ravioli makers give you the guarantee and a certain level of quality control that your raviolis will look and taste like a real ravioli. Each ravioli is sure to have just the right amount of filling, and you will spend less time trying to make them look perfect. The ravioli maker makes as much raviolis as possible without any waste. Some Reminders When Making Ravioli In making ravioli, you need to make the dough, the cheese filling, and then add your favorite extras. Homemade ravioli is always a good idea because it’s not thick and gummy like the store-bought ones. There are so many ravioli dough recipes, as well as filling and sauce recipes to choose from. Just make sure that your fillings are packed with flavor and that they’re not too loose or watery. Cooking time is very short, but making the ravioli dough can take a little while. Best to prepare the dough ahead of time if you’re inviting people over! What You’ll Need for the Ravioli Dough: Plain flour (3 cups) Salt (1/2 teaspoon) 2 eggs Olive oil (3 ½ teaspoons) Water (1/2 cup) Flour (for dusting) What You’ll Need for your Cheese Filling: Ricotta cheese (425 grams) 3-Cheese Italian Blend (approximately 145 grams, but you can make your own combination of Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago cheese if you like) Cheddar cheese (1/2 cup) 2 lightly beaten eggs Salt (1/2 teaspoon) Pepper (1/2 teaspoon) Ravioli Sauce: For your ravioli sauce, you can go ahead and get creative. Use the sauce that you really love. Make it cheesy, tangy, sweet, or spicy! You can also add chicken chunks, fish slices, shrimp bits, or fried vegetables. Put in parmesan and other cheeses, as well as different herbs and spices for more flavor. How to Make Ravioli from Scratch First off, make the cheese filling. Do this by mashing the ricotta cheese and mixing it with the rest of your eggs and cheeses. Blend everything well until you achieve the smooth and creamy consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste. When that’s done, place it in a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Chill it for about half an hour. Next up, the ravioli dough. Crack the eggs and beat them with a fork. Add your water, olive oil, and salt, and then mix well. You can now add the flour to the mixture, mixing everything well until you get a smooth dough. Now you’re ready to roll the dough into sheets. Sprinkle some flour on your clean kitchen workspace and start shaping your ravioli dough into a ball. Roll it with a rolling pin until it’s thin, flat, and elastic. Make sure that you have two of these dough sheets ready. Take your cheese filling from the fridge and spread it all over your ravioli dough sheet. Make sure to spread it evenly and generously without letting it get too wet or heavy. Take your other dough sheet and place it on top of the cream cheese filling to cover it. Roll it out using your ravioli rolling pin. You will now have several raviolis that are perfectly shaped and evenly filled, and ready for cooking! If you don’t have a ravioli rolling pin, you can use a glass to cut out circle sheets that you can fill with your cream cheese filling. Fold it together and seal the edges with a fork. Dust the raviolis with flour so they don’t end up sticking together. To cook your ravioli, boil a pot of water and put your raviolis in for about 6 minutes, or until they start to float to the surface. Once cooked, take them out of the water and serve them on a plate. Pour them with your ravioli sauce, or just simply grate cheese on it.