Homemade Ravioli: A Labor of Love Worth Every Bite

Fresh Pasta, Creamy Filling – Crafting the Perfect Homemade Ravioli

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Homemade Ravioli is a labor of love that yields delicious results. This recipe features tender pasta dough filled with a creamy ricotta cheese filling, served with your favorite sauce, creating a dish that’s sure to impress your friends and family.

Ingredients: For the pasta dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

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For the filling:

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (such as basil, parsley, or thyme)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For serving:

  • Your favorite pasta sauce
  • Additional grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves for garnish

Instructions:

  1. To make the pasta dough, mound the flour on a clean work surface and create a well in the center. Crack the eggs into the well, add olive oil and salt, then gradually incorporate the flour into the eggs until a dough forms.
  2. Knead the dough for about 5-10 minutes until smooth and elastic. Wrap it in plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. While the dough is resting, prepare the filling. In a bowl, combine ricotta cheese, grated Parmesan cheese, egg, chopped fresh herbs, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Once the dough has rested, divide it into smaller portions. Roll out each portion of dough into a thin sheet using a pasta machine or rolling pin.
  5. Place small dollops of the filling evenly spaced on one sheet of pasta dough, leaving space between each dollop.
  6. Gently lay a second sheet of pasta dough over the filling, pressing down around each mound to seal the ravioli.
  7. Use a sharp knife or pasta cutter to cut the ravioli into individual pieces. Press the edges firmly to seal.
  8. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the ravioli in batches for about 3-4 minutes, or until they float to the surface and are tender.
  9. Remove the cooked ravioli from the water with a slotted spoon and transfer to a serving plate.
  10. Serve Homemade Ravioli hot with your favorite pasta sauce, grated Parmesan cheese, and fresh basil leaves for garnish. Enjoy this labor of love with family and friends!