If you are craving a specific ravioli and just can not find it in the store, or ever thought “I sure would like to have fresh homemade ravioli. Well, you are in luck my friend, this Homemade Ravioli Dough is easy to make with or without a pasta machine.
And you can make any ravioli filling that you want!
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What is the best flour to use for ravioli?
For the best ravioli, the recipe must make the pasta as soft as possible. 0 flour is also an excellent alternative to all purpose flour. But here I am using an all purpose flour for this recipe (it also with a few tweaks be used for homemade pasta dough) — link to my post —
How thin should dough be for ravioli?
The dough must measure about 3/4 inches thick on the counter. Sprinkle counter with the flour and put on pasta. Make sure the countertop is clean.
Will The Family Enjoy Making and Eating The Homemade Ravioli Recipe?
With a large family or growing middle schoolers and teens, you need to have a reliable source of food that will be both nutrient-dense food and something that they will enjoy eating. I have found that not only does my family enjoy the homemade ravioli they also really look forward to customizing their raviolis. We have had so many variations of ravioli (more about this later) than I can count. Those variations is what help to keep variety and stop the boredom with food choices.
Is it cheaper to make your own ravioli?
Ravioli dough costs 50% more when buying fresh pasta in a grocery store and 80% cheaper when using typical fresh pasta at a supermarket.
Benefits Of Homemade Ravioli
Making homemade ravioli is going to be cheaper in cost out of pocket, you get to teach yourself and your family a new skill, fresh ravioli tastes so much better, and you get to fill it with pretty much whatever you want. Fresh ravioli dough tastes better and is more filling as well.
If you are used to making homemade pasta dough you may already know this, but if you are new to homemade / from scratch dough just make a note that they are more satisfying and filling than from a store so you will usually not need as much to feed your family.
For example, I make a double batch of this recipe and it fills up my entire family (at the time of writing this my teens are at home and I am not sure where they put it all, but they do). You can get away with making one batch if you add a side salad, a veggie and maybe some homemade garlic bread.
Need Ideas For Filling Your Ravioli, Try These
Inside Out: The idea of the inside-out ravioli is that you fill the inside with what you would normally top your ravioli with or something you wish you could have as your ravioli filling.
Veggie Combo: Herbed butter and balsamic mushrooms, asparagus pesto, butternut squash with herbed ricotta cheese, fresh basil and ricotto cheese
Protein: Curried chicken, deer, goat, lamb, beef, duck, shrimp, muscles, lobster, langoustines, rabbitCheese: goat, smoked, ricotta, gouda, and parmesan cheese
I love to cook ravioli at home, but it is not something that I make every week.
In fact, it is more of a special treat, part of a family get-together or part of a celebration. But making the ravioli gives me time to spend with my family when we get together we enjoy rolling and filling the raviolis.
Rolling pin (best one for hand-rolling pasta for beginners)
Pizza cutter or Sharpe knife
I love this recipe for being so easy to make and the low amount of tools/equipment that is needed.
Please Note: If you have a pasta maker you can use it instead of hand-rolling with a rolling pin. However, you will want to use a bit more flour as the dough is made specifically for hand-rolling (more about this later).
First, you will need to make the fresh pasta dough
On a well-floured surface place flour and add salt. Combine well (directly on the countertop)
Form a well in the center. Be sure to leave flour at the bottom of the well.
Add your eggs, and beat them.
Slowly start to incorporate flour from the sides.
PRO TIP: You will want to make sure to not pull too much from the sides. Add from the outer part of the well.
Once the eggs are well covered.. you can then begin to mix all the flour and combine.
Takes about 5 minutes.
Form into a ball. Wrap in plastic.
Let rest for 30 minutes.
Roll out your dough using your rolling pin. Get it about 1/8 inches thick. Then cut in half using your
pizza cutter or knife.
Use a tablespoon of your favorite filling (see above)
Cover your homemade ravioli dough with the second sheet that you halved earlier.
Use the ravioli cutter to make your shapes.
Lightly flour your pasta so they do not stick to the counter or in the water.
Drop in boiling water and boil for about 3 to 5 minutes.
You can then lightly toss in herbed butter or homemade marinara.
Make This With Your Pasta Machine
If you want to have an even thickness of your ravioli dough then using a machine will make this a bit easier. But it is not necessary. Get your pasta sheet roller ready. Set it to 4 or 5. Divide your dough into 4 parts. Dust your pasta dough before running it through the sheet roller, this will prevent the dough from sticking to the machine. If you need to run it through the machine again, make sure to dust with flour prior to a second pass of the machine. When done with that sheet of pasta, lay it on a well-floured surface. Repeat until all 4 pasta dough balls are run through the pasta machine. Then follow the instructions for filling the dough and cooking.
That is it. You have a wonderful texture for your ravioli dough and you can now fill it with whatever you like. I recommend starting with a mixture of cheeses and not to over stuff.
Homemade Ravioli Dough
- Rolling Pin
- Pizza cutter or Sharpe knife
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 whole Eggs
- On a well-floured surface place flour and add salt. Combine well (directly on the countertop)
- Form a well in the center. Be sure to leave flour at the bottom of the well
- Add your eggs, and beat with a fork.
- Slowly start to incorporate flour from the sides.
- Once the eggs are well covered.. you can then begin to mix all the flour and combine. 5 minutes
- Form into a ball. Wrap in plastic.
- Let rest for 30 minutes.
- Roll out your dough using your rolling pin. Get it about 1/8 inches thick. Then cut in half using your pizza cutter or knife.
- Use a tablespoon of your favorite filling (see above)
- Cover your homemade ravioli dough with the second sheet that you halved earlier.
- Use the ravioli cutter to make your shapes.
- Lightly flour your pasta so they do not stick to the counter or in the water.
- Drop in boiling water and boil for about 3 to 5 minutes.
- Lightly toss in herbed butter or homemade marinara