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Homemade Ravioli is Easy and Delicious
For The Love of Pasta
I love to eat pasta, it may be because of the fact that it's a ton of carbs, which I love. Or, because its such a inexpensive meal and easy to make, boil some water throw it in the pot and in just a few minutes there you go delicious pasta. Perhaps, it's because you can put so many different kinds of sauces on it that even if you eat the same type of pasta, you are eating a completely different dish and did very little different. So because of my love of pasta, and watching way to much food network, I decided to take a try at making my very own pasta from scratch at home, in so doing I discovered that the taste is absolutely delicious, inexpensive, and most importantly quick.
The Pasta Ingredients
- 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 2 Eggs
- 1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
- Pinch Salt
- 1 Cup Cream Cheese
- 1 Cup Ricotta Cheese
- 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
- 1 Tablespoon Onion Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Oregano
When you start making this dish, it will look about as far from the pasta you are used to you won't know what to do. To begin with you pour the flour onto a clean flat surface and form a crater in the flour that you will use to put the eggs, olive oil, and salt. Then you scramble (just like scrambled eggs) in the mixture and start mixing it with the flour until you start getting a more dough like consistency.
Eventually the flour becomes too difficult to continue to mixing with your fork. This is where you get your hands dirty, start mixing it by hand and when i gets more firm start kneading the dough for around 5 minutes. The dough should now look like a yellow ball of dough now comes the longest part of the making of the pasta, place this dough into a plastic bag and put just a little olive oil in the bag and coat the dough with it. Now leave it alone for about 30 minutes. This happens because the gluten in the dough needs time to form properly. Speaking from personal experience the 30 minutes is a must, the first time I made this I waited not one minute and it wouldn't roll out properly and well the dough made me wait.
After waiting for the gluten, if you have a pasta maker great your pasta will come out much better than mine, if not this is where we do the "best we can" to get the pasta as thin as we can. I used a rolling pin and tried my very best to get the dough as thin as I could but with this method it's not going to be as good as if you have a pasta maker, but it will still be absolutely delicious when all is said and done.
Now that you have the dough (which is a basic recipe and can be used to make any type of pasta) we are going to stuff it to make our ravioli. Mix the cream cheese, ricotta cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, and oregano in large mixing bowl. After you cut the pasta in to 1 inch or so squares place a tablespoon full of the mix into the pasta and pinch the sides in order to close it completely so the mixture doesn't fall out during cooking.
At this point it's as simple as throwing the ravioli into some boiling water and letting it cook until it looks done (around 5 to 8 minutes) and when it comes out it will be delicious fresh and everything ravioli should be. If you want to make some homemade sauce or store bought either way will make it good.
This recipe is truly delicious and easy to make. My wife and I enjoy it on a regular basis and the only thing that we both feel would make it better is having an actual pasta maker to make the dough thinner but all and all it comes out good. I hope you have enjoyed reading and maybe even making this, if you have any suggestions that could make it better please leave me a comment.