Have you ever made homemade pasta? It’s nothing like store-bought pasta. I’m really not a fan of that dried up stuff you need to smother in sauce to eat. Sure it can be a good vehicle for getting more sauce into your mouth, but on its own it’s rather gross. Homemade pasta is a whole other story.
You can eat it, all on its own. Toss it in a little olive oil and maybe a small sprinkle of parmesan cheese and you’ll find yourself eating more carbs in one sitting that a healthy human should eat in a year.
I want to tell you guys that these delicious little raviolis are easy to make. I think they would be if you have a pasta maker, which I don’t. You’ll notice though that there are 2 sets of very capable pasta making hands in the photos, neither of which are mine. So I guess for me it actually was super easy.
It’s definitely more work than opening your pantry door, pulling out some dried pasta and throwing it in a pot of water. Make the work fun, and you’ll love it. This is a meal to make with your whole family. Or invite over a group of friends and put them to work. Homemade pasta is unpretentious, delicious and has a way of connecting everybody who helps make it.
When it comes to choosing your filling, be creative. There’s no wrong answers and whatever you choose will be delicious. Here’s a few suggestions to get you going:
- Butternut squash and sage
- Spinach, goat cheese and toasted pine nuts
- Sautéed mixed mushrooms with truffle oil
- Roasted red peppers and parmesan cheese
- Arugula, goat cheese and pistachios
- 2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1½ teaspoons sea salt
- 3 eggs, plus 1 for the egg wash
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Ravioli filling of your choice
- In a large bowl whisk together flour and salt.
- Make a well in the centre of the flour and add in the eggs all at once. Mix together well using your hands. Add the olive oil and kneed the dough for 5 minutes. Form into a ball and leave in the bowl, covered with plastic wrap for 30 minutes.
- Take a small piece of the dough and either run it through a pasta machine a few times OR use a rolling pin, some flour and a considerable amount of muscle to create a thin sheet. Cut circles out of the dough using a cookie cutter or a glass.
- Place 1 teaspoon of filling in the centre of half the circles. Lightly brush egg wash around the edge of the circle. Place a second circle on top over the filling and use a fork to crimp the edges all around.
- Continue with remaining pasta dough until all dough or filling has been used.
- To cook pasta, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 2-3 minutes. Once pasta floats to the top it is done. Drain pasta and top with olive oil or sauce.