Friday, February 24, 2012

Ravioli

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I’ve wanted to make ravioli for a long time. There are different kinds of ravioli makers, from attachments that fit on pasta rolling machines to trays like this:ravioli makerBut last year I bought two hand-stamp ravioli cutters, one larger and square, and one small and round. They cost less than $2 apiece. Until now I hadn’t ever used them.

I’d made up a bunch of sausage and wanted to do something different with it. And there are still several butternut squash in the cellar. Finally, I dug around in the freezer and found a cup of homemade ricotta.

After roasting up the butternut squash, I pureed it in the food processor and combined one cup of the puree, the cup of ricotta, and a cup of the sausage (already browned) along with salt and pepper to taste. Yummy.

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I mixed up a batch of pasta dough. After it sat for twenty minutes under a wet towel, I rolled it through my pasta maker going all the way down to the #2 setting. Next time I think I’ll stop at #3 because the pasta was so thin and delicate that it was kind of hard to work with.

Still, it was simply a matter of laying out what was essentially a big noodle (about 5 inches by 9 inches), dropping teaspoons of filling far enough apart (I just eyeballed it), laying another big noodle over the top, and cutting out the ravioli with the hand presses.

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I boiled them up and served them with the last jar of tomato sauce from the garden (happened to be from yellow tomatoes – so sweet!) heated with a frozen cube of chopped basil, a dollop of heavy cream, and a bit of freshly grated Parmesan.

Yum!

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3 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, my mouth is watering....mmmmm....I haven't made ravioli in ages. Sometimes knowing how to make these wonderful things from scratch comes back to bite me because then I am never satisfied with purchased again, and my family definitely isn't, so I made more work for myself again. But homemade is just so much better and healthier.

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  2. That sounds amazing. I've never made pasta fron scratch (though my mom has so I know how delicious it is) and I've always been intimidated by it, but you make it sound pretty doable. :)

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  3. Auntea, you are so right. Plus, I've trained K now, so he's says things like "what, no "real" butter?" as in homemade. My own fault, tho. ;)

    Helena, I was intimidated the first time I made pasta, but it seems to get easier every time!

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