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How to Make Ravioli From Scratch

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Ravioli is a wonderful Italian dish that makes the mouth water and the mind think of great things. Ravioli consists of square or round pieces of dough that are stuffed with, meats, cheeses, vegetables, or almost anything delicacy of which the mind can conceive.

The name comes from an Italian word meaning "to stuff." Ravioli can readily be found in stores, but to have a truly special and wonderful meal, try making homemade ravioli. It is fun to make at home and can be made into a family project.

The first step to making ravioli is to make the filling. There are an unlimited number of ways to make a filling for homemade ravioli. Don't be afraid to try many different methods according to what the family likes best.

A sample filling consists of the following ingredients:

Combine the ingredients in a bowl and set them aside in the refrigerator. Now follow our instructions for making pasta dough.

There are some ravioli tools you can purchase to make your newly rolled, thin dough into the perfect ravioli shape. However, one of the simplest ways is to get a glass. Press the glass into the ravioli sheet, and it should cut it into a perfect circle. It works just like a cookie cutter would.

The next thing to do is put the ravioli circles out on a floured surface. Get the homemade ravioli filling out of the refrigerator and place about a teaspoon of it into the center of the dough circle. Brush a light coating of water around the edge of the circle. Fold the dough circle in half to form a pouch the water should help the edges of the two halves to come together and help ensure that the homemade ravioli filling will stay inside. Nevertheless, pinch the dough to seal it shut. Then press a fork around the edges to further help secure the seal.

Using a ravioli maker can make this process a bit easier. There are several types of ravioli makers available. The basic idea behind it is that it makes the indentations in the dough that can be stuffed. Another layer of dough is layed over the top of the indented dough. This is pressed by another piece that seals up the edges of the ravioli and then cuts it into pieces. Otherwise the same principles apply.

Once done forming homemade ravioli, the next step is to cook it to perfection. Luckily, fresh ravioli doesn't take any time at all to cook. Simply rinse the ravioli and then put them into a large pot of boiling water. Cook the ravioli until it is thoroughly heated, which can be indicated when they float to the top. This step usually only takes about 5-8 minutes.

Make or heat up a pasta sauce to put on the ravioli and the meal is complete!

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