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Tim's Head Tim's Ravioli Pasta
September 4, 2005
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Here are the ingredients, cost, and recipe for my ravioli pasta with lots of photos of the process. It's fairly simple using just semolina flour, all-purpose flour, eggs, salt, olive oil and a tiny bit water.
Ingredients:

1 cup Semolina Flour
1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp Olive Oil (or vegetable oil)
2 large Eggs
1 pinch Salt
1 - 2 tbsp Water

Cost to Make (79¢)

14¢    Semolina Flour (99¢ per lb)
11¢    All-Purpose Flour ($1.09 5 lb bag)
20¢    Olive Oil
33¢    Large Eggs (from 99¢ ½ dozen)
1¢    Salt

The Basic Ravioli Pasta Process:
  1. Sift together semolina flour, all-purpose flour and salt.
  2. Whisk or beat with fork eggs, olive oil and water.
  3. Make mountain of flour on any flat surface, and form well in the center of it.
  4. Pour in ½ of egg mixture and begin forming dough with 2 fingers while supporting the mound of flour with other hand, adding in the rest of the egg mixture once the dough gets going.
  5. Kneed dough for 8 - 10 minutes, flouring surface with semolina as needed.
  6. Form dough into ball and wrap with plastic wrap.
  7. Let dough 'rest' in the refrigerator for an hour or so.
  8. Cut dough into 2 pieces with a knife or dough blade.
  9. Roll out dough into thin strips the thickness of a nickel.
  10. Fill with Ravioli Filling, brush edges with egg wash, then close and seal individual ravioli dumplings making sure no air is trapped inside them.
Now onto photos of the process! Woo.
ravioli pasta ingredients
Here we have the ingredients we'll need. Semolina flour, all-purpose flour, olive oil, salt, a couple of eggs, and a tiny bit of water..
Note: Although recommended I've heard that ravioli pasta can also be made with just all-purpose flour. Semolina can be found easily at places like Whole Foods and Central Market, so I'd suggest using some semolina too.
sifting flour and salt
Start by sifting together 1 cup of semolina flour, 1 cup of all-purpose flour and a pinch of salt.
whisking eggs, oil and water
Whisk or beat with a fork the 2 eggs, teaspoon of olive oil and 1 - 2 tablespoons of H2O..
form flour into a mound and make well in center
Form the flour mixture we sifted earlier into a mound on any flat surface. Then form a well or hole in the center of the mount and pat the sides in so they're stable.
pouring eggs into flour mound well
Pour about ½ of the egg, oil and water mixture into the well in the flour.. After you start working the dough you'll add in the rest.
Note: Resist the urge to pour all of the egg mixture into the flour at the beginning, unless you enjoy cleaning egg off of your cabinets and floor (Not that I'd know anything about that, heh)..
Patience grasshopper, the rest will be added in after you get the dough started. =)
mixing the eggs into flour
Use two fingers to start mixing the egg mixture into the flour gradually, while supporting the wall of the mound with your other hand. Supporting the mound with your other hand will prevent the wall from collapsing and the egg mixture from leaking all over the place.
Note: Don't force the dough to take all of the flour. You'll probably have some flour left over when the dough has come together, I did..
finished pasta dough ball!
After a while it'll start to look like dough! And since I don't yet own a pasta machine (and will be rolling it out by hand) I kneeded it for around 8 - 10 minutes or so, dusting the surface with semolina flour as needed so it won't stick.. Then form the dough into a nice ball.
wrap dough and let rest in the fridge
After forming the dough ball, wrap it pretty tight with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for a least an hour to rest. Don't skip this step!, like any other dough this won't work well without first 'resting' it for a little while.
cutting pasta dough ball in two
After removing the dough from the fridge I let it sit for 10 or 15 minutes on the counter so it would be a little easier to work with.. I then cut the dough lengthwise into two pieces so I could roll them out into thin strips.
rolling out the pasta dough
Then I start rolling out the dough, dusting the board and dough lightly with semolina as needed, while trying to keep it somewhat in a straight line. I found it can want to roll out into a curve, so I applied more pressure to one side of the rolling pin when needed and also moved and stretched it a little by hand to keep it straight.
Note: The reason we let the dough 'rest' for an hour in the fridge earlier was to allow the gluten proteins (Alton Brown is always going on about, heh) to get going so the dough is pliable and doesn't want to tear while we roll it out and work with it..
pasta sheets ready to fill!
Once I had rolled out the pasta dough to about the thickness of a nickel I trimmed it a little on each end and the sides with my trusty pizza cutter.. I had wrapped the other chunk of dough in plastic wrap so it wouldn't dry out while I worked with the first half.
Note: Mid-way through rolling I had cut the dough strip into two pieces since my board is too short, and then finished rolling out each piece. If you have a pretty long counter top, or table, this won't be necessary.. I need a bigger kitchen!
adding the ravioli pasta filling
Now fetch the Ravioli Filling we made earlier (click here for recipe) and place small globs of filling spaced apart enough so we'll be able to close and completely seal each ravioli dumpling.
Then whisk or beat together with a fork one egg and a couple tablespoons of water. Use a brush to lightly (don't over due it) brush on the egg wash in the center, outer edge, and in between each of the dumplings. This is the 'glue' that will seal each ravioli together.
sealing the ravioli dumplings
Fold over the other half of the pasta and seal each ravioli, while trying to make sure there's no air trapped inside with the filling. Press the edges down good for a tight seal!
cutting into individual ravioli dumplings
I used a pizza cutter again (you could also use a knife) to cut the strips into individual ravioli dumplings. Pick each up and press the edges of each between your fingers to make sure there is a nice tight seal.
store in the freezer if not using now
You can put them in a freezer bag and into the freezer until you're ready to use them. When ready to cook put the frozen ravioli right into a pot of rapidly boiling water for 4 to 8 minutes or until tender and slop on your favorite marinara or pesto sauce.. Buon appetito!
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