Homemade Ravioli - Recipes, Tips and Techniques
Homemade Ravioli is Easy and Delicious!
Homemade ravioli is one of my absolute favorite comfort foods. Back when I was ten years old my mom came home with a hand operated pasta machine, and I have been busy experimenting with homemade pastas and ravioli ever since.
Over the years I have learned through trial and error little tips and techniques that make preparing homemade ravioli a breeze. Allow me to share my knowledge with you...as well as some of my favorite recipes, and soon you'll be well on your way to making the most tender and delicious ravioli you've ever eaten.
Let's go step-by-step!
The best homemade ravioli begins with the perfect dough.
When your making a homemade dough for filled pastas such as ravioli or tortellini, you want to use a recipe that has a higher egg content than you would use for other homemade pastas such as fettucini. The additional eggs will lend a softer and more delicate texture to the finished pasta, as well as making the dough easier to work with.
This recipe calls for either all purpose flour or "00" grade wheat flour, and four eggs. It is a very simple and forgiving recipe for raviolis.
The Next Step...Making the Pasta Dough - Mixing and Kneading the Ravioli Dough
The YouTube video below offers an excellent example of the technique that I use for making my homemade ravioli dough, although I would like to offer a couple of extra tips as well to help you along the way.
- You should always use room temperature ingredients when mixing up the dough for your ravioli. Pull your eggs out of the refrigerator a few hours beforehand to allow them to warm up. This will result in easier mixing, and a smoother dough.
- If you wish to avoid any possibility of having "salt speckles" in your finished dough, use a very finely milled sea salt or even a pinch of popcorn salt in the dough recipe, rather than coarser salt.
- Don't be afraid to add a little bit more olive oil to the ravioli dough if it's giving you a hard time... but go slowly, just a drop or two at a time!
- You will know that you have kneaded the dough well enough when it is velvety and smooth...like a baby's behind.
- Once you have achieved a soft and smooth ravioli dough; wrap it in plastic wrap and allow it to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. This little rest will help relax the dough and make rolling out the sheets of pasta much easier.
How to Make Ravioli Dough
Now that you have a beautiful little bundle of dough resting, it's time to work on a delicious filling. Don't worry. Ravioli dough is very patient! Just make sure it is well wrapped so it doesn't dry out!
Are You Hungry for Ravioli Yet? - Let's get cracking on the filling. Before you know it you'll have a ravioli masterpiece.
Recipes for Vegetarian Ravioli Fillings - Some of the best recipes that I've tried.
Vegetarian ravioli fillings are a great way to take advantage of healthy and fresh seasonal produce. Who says you need meat for a tasty ravioli? Not I! Get creative, and don't fret about winging things. One of the reasons I love homemade ravioli so much is that you can do just that. The sky's the limit. Here are a few great recipes to get your creative juices flowing.
- Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage and Brown Butter Sauce
Butternut squash ravioli is truly a classic dish. I love to make this in the fall when squash are plentiful, and my sage is the only herb that has withstood the chilly evenings.
- Goat Cheese and Walnut Ravioli with Lemon Zest
I'm a sucker for just about any recipe featuring goat cheese, and this filling recipe is no exception. These raviolis are rich, and the bit of lemon zest really enhances the flavor. I like these with a very simple sauce of fresh diced tomatoes and bu
- Artichoke and Spinach Ravioli with Panko
I admit it, there's a wee bit of goat cheese in this recipe, too. This filling is quick to prepare, and there's something about the panko bread crumbs that pulls this filling together in a wonderful way, but you can substitute regular breadcrumbs if
- Green Olive and Mushroom Ravioli
I would recommend trying a mix of crimini and wild mushrooms such as porcini in this recipe.
- Roasted Beet Ravioli with Sage Pesto Sauce
This is a great ravioli filling recipe. It calls for "vegan parmesan cheese", but feel free to substitute some reggiano if you'd prefer. They suggest using wonton wrappers instead of handmade ravioli dough, but in my humble opinion... nothing beats t
- Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli
This is one of my family's favorite recipes. Use freshly ground nutmeg if you can, the difference it makes is amazing. Oh, and ignore the dough recipe. The one I have linked to above is superior.
Helpful hint: Whatever filling you choose for your ravioli, it needs to have a relatively thick consistency. If it seems too moist, just add a pinch or two of breadcrumbs to the mixture.
Recipes for Homemade Ravioli Fillings With Meat - Meat filled ravioli are hearty and traditional. Calling all carnivores!
Here are some tried and true recipes for ravioli fillings that include animal protein. Some are traditional, and a few are delicious surprises. Always be certain to thoroughly cook any meat before using it to prepare your ravioli filling. The fresh pasta cooks so quickly, that any uncooked or undercooked meat wouldn't finish cooking when you boil your assembled ravioli.
- Herbed Sausage Ravioli
This is my husbands favorite. Use fresh herbs if you have them! This filling recipe goes well with a traditional hearty tomato sauce, and lots of freshly grated cheese on top.
- Mushroom and Prosciutto Ravioli
Prosciutto. Enough said.
- Rosemary Chicken Ravioli
This is such a simple and delicious filling. A bit of melted butter on top, along with a nice grating of romano cheese, and your meal is complete.
- Basic Beef Filled Ravioli
This is a very basic and versatile recipe that you can feel free to play with. This page offers a great step-by-step tutorial on making a basic meat filling for ravioli. Venison and ground pork work equally well in this recipe.
- Shrimp and Lobster Ravioli
Decadent. I had to include this recipe. Even though cooking a live lobster makes me squirm, this is a recipe that is sure to impress. Try this one at your next dinner party. The raviolis can be made up ahead of time, and kept on parchment paper in th
Rolling Out Homemade Ravioli Dough
Two methods for rolling pasta dough that work well.
Now that you have your homemade ravioli dough resting comfortably, and your ravioli filling recipe prepared, it's time to roll out the dough and fill it with your filling recipe. You can use a pasta rolling pin to roll the dough out into thin sheets, or use a pasta machine to make perfect sheets of pasta for your ravioli. Remember to keep your work surface lightly floured so your pasta dough doesn't stick.
Hand Rolled Pasta Dough for Homemade Ravioli
Machine Rolled Pasta Dough for Homemade Ravioli
There are many pasta machines available on the market to make rolling out your homemade pasta dough for ravioli quick and easy.
Tools To Help You Make Perfect Homemade Ravioli
Now It's Time to Assemble Your Homemade Ravioli - Making Ravioli By Hand Without A Ravioli Plate
Once you have your dough rolled out and your cooled filling waiting, it's time to put it all together to make ravioli. One of the simplest ways to do this is filling by hand.
*Lay out a sheet of pasta that you've rolled on a counter that is lightly dusted with flour to prevent sticking.
*Place spoon fulls of your ravioli filling across the sheet of pasta, keeping it to one side. Fold the dough over lengthwise, pressing out the air bubbles from around the filling. This will keep the ravioli from bursting open when they are cooked in boiling water. If there is an airspace inside the ravioli, the steaming filling will burst a hole in the ravioli skin, leaving you with an empty ravioli!
*Once you have folded the pasta dough around the filling, cut with a sharp knife or a pastry wheel.
*Set the ravioli aside on a towel dusted lightly with flour, and covered with another towel, until all raviolis are filled and you are ready to begin cooking.
Using A Ravioli Plate to Make Filled Ravioli - My tool of choice for making filled ravioli
This is my favorite way of making handmade ravioli at home. I like how the raviolis all come out the same size and shape, and it's very easy. This is an excellent video on how to use a ravioli plate to fill your homemade pasta.
A ravioli plate is not the same as a ravioli mold. I find that a plate is much easier to use. It is a simple frame, without a bottom. The finished ravioli are much easier to remove, as you just push them out through the opening on the underside.
Cooking Your Fresh Ravioli
It's about time to enjoy your delicious pasta!
Bring a large pot of water up to a good simmer, and drop fresh ravioli's into the pot, being careful not to over-crowd.
Cook gently for 4-6 minutes.
Remove with a slotted spoon and drain.
Top with your desired sauce, or just simple butter and freshly grated cheese. Serve immediately.
I'm so glad you stopped by. I hope that you make many great batches of homemade ravioli. Have fun experimenting with different fillings and sauces, and enjoy your creations!