Toolbox Tuesday: Ravioli Press

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By Lucy Gibson, Chef Instructor

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Making pasta is a really fun activity that everyone in the family can participate in, particularly making raviolis! You can make pasta dough itself on your countertop or using a kitchen aid mixer.
With the countertop method, you start with a flour well and break the eggs into the well, using a fork to gently mix the eggs into the flour. It can get a little messy but it is well worth any mess that is made. Once the pasta dough is made it needs to rest for a while. This is the perfect time to start to make the sauce or the filling for your ravioli. We like to make a combination cheese and spinach filling for our ravioli and serve it with a homemade marinara sauce. We also make a cream and garlic sauce for homemade spaghetti.

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Once the dough is ready, you can begin to roll it through a pasta roller. A traditional roller clamps to your countertop and uses a hand crank to move the dough through rollers that can be moved progressively closer again and again until the sheet reaches your desired thickness. Electric hand mixer attachments can also be used, freeing up your second hand for catching the pasta sheet at the other end!

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There are so many ways to use the pasta: spaghetti, linguine, ravioli, lasagna- it can be an great way to spend time together and create a meal. It may not always look just the way you planned (particularly if little hands are helping), but it will be delicious and everyone will know they helped.

The ravioli maker with press is the best tool I have found to use in our kitchen for the hands on ravioli making.

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You just lay the pasta on the tray and press gently to make little indents in the pasta.

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Then, using a small cookie scoop, scoop the cheese mixture into the pasta indents and gently push into place.

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With a small bowl of water handy, dip your fingertips into the water and gently dab the pasta in between each pocket of filling.

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Put the other layer of pasta on top, press into place,

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turn out onto floured board,

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press with the template,

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and cut into ravioli portions.

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Your delicious little pasta pillows are ready to be cooked and served with your favorite sauce!

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