How to Make Ravioli

This month we celebrate THREE years of our little place here on the internet!  Three years of: stirring, chopping, boiling, sauteing, simmering, braising, frying, stuffing, baking, cooking and loving every minute of it. Even the ones where we burned something, and yes it happens. Cooking and taking photographs is so therapeutic for me. I can’t imagine NOT doing either. Besides cooking, and shooting what I’ve loved equally is connecting with all of you. Before I get all sappy and need Kleenex we have some exciting things planned this year and one of those is a monthly homemade pasta series. I’m thrilled to be able to get back to my love of homemade pastas. We’re kicking off with ravioli stuffed with a creamy dreamy RICOTTA cheese filling.

I was taught how to make pasta while I lived in Italy the old school way, with a hand crank and that’s how I’ve done it for years (up until recently). I can tell you that now that I’ve tried pasta making with my KitchenAid stand mixer and attachments, I’ve found that it’s much faster and I make it more often! This monthly pasta series will focus on making pasta using a stand mixer and various attachments. It can all be done by hand with a little muscle though if you want to go that route.

We’re kicking off our pasta 101 series with RAVIOLI! Everyone loves ravioli and you can stuff yours with just about anything, today we’ve gone with a easy crowd pleasing RICOTTA filling. I like to make a double batch when I’m making mine, flash freeze them and then put them into freezer bags so I have some when the cravings hit (and they always do). For these cheese ravioli I like to make a quick sage and butter sauce or I’ll go with a simple TOMATO SAUCE.

It’s amazing what flour, eggs, and a pinch of salt can do isn’t it!

EDITED TO ADD: Thank you for your entries. Contest has ended. Winner is #1709 TIFFANY SMITH. Please email paula@bellalimento.com with your mailing address and phone number and we’ll get that shipped right out to you.

GIVEAWAY time! You see that sexy KitchenAid mixer below? We’re giving one away to ONE of you lucky bell’alimento readers. That’s right. Hold onto your tomato sauce, it’s a doozy! I had the 6 quart stand mixer before receiving this gorgeous creature. I can tell you that the 7 quart blows the 6 quart out of the water. She’s not just a pretty face, she packs a powerful punch!

Just a few of it’s amazing Features:

  • 7 Quart  Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer Model KSM7581 (retail value $549.00)
  • Control Panel to Motor Communication ASF – Advanced Sensory Feedback (15,000x per second)
  • Motor: 1.3 HP High Efficiency DC Motor
  • Flour Power Capacity: 16 Cups
  • Cookie Capacity: 14 Dozen
  • Warranty: 2 Year Hassle Free Warranty
  • Attachments are dishwasher safe

So who wants to enter? Silly question right ; )

To ENTER:
1. Leave a comment telling us what you would make first if you won this gorgeous KitchenAid 7 quart stand mixer. 

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Legal Schmegal: Contest is open to US addresses (sorry to our international friends). Contest is open through Monday January 30th, 2012 midnight EST. One winner will be drawn by random number generator. Winner has 48 hours to confirm or an alternate winner will be drawn.

Good Luck!

Baci!

Disclaimer: KitchenAid has provided me with a 7 quart stand mixer and is providing the same to one lucky bell’alimento reader. The opinions in this post are my own. Always have been. Always will be.

How to Make Ravioli

What You Will Need:

  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • pinch salt
  • Filling:
  • 2 1/2 cups ricotta
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano - grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 orange - zested
  • salt/pepper

What To Do:

  1. Place flour into the bowl of your stand mixer. Create a well. Add eggs, salt. Using paddle attachment, mix together until a ball forms. Scrape sides as necessary.
  2. Switch to dough hook and knead dough for approximately 5-6 minutes. Cover mixing bowl with kitchen towel and allow dough to rest for at least 30 minutes.
  3. WHILE dough is resting: Into a medium bowl add: ricotta, Parmigiano, egg, orange zest. Season with salt and pepper. Mix together until well combined.
  4. Attach roller attachment to mixer. Cut dough ball into 4 equal portions. Take 1 portion and flatten it with your hand. Run through roller attachment until it reaches a level 4 thinness.
  5. Attach ravioli attachment to mixer. Drape dough over attachment. Place filling into attachment. Slowly turn attachment handle to form ravioli.
  6. Continue same process with 3 remaining dough portions.
  7. Cut ravioli perforations using a pastry wheel.
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2,145 Comments

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    I just enterered to win a 7 qt @KitchenAidUSA will Tweet,Like, etc.

  2. 2102

    I would make my Italian Anise Cookie recipe handed down to my family from generations ago.

  3. 2103

    Hi Paula,

    This would be great to win, I have purchased alot of attachments for my last one that did not seem to last very long and now not useable. I used it for every mixing need I had…I think I wore it out LOL.. I loved the mixer however and hope someday to replace it.

    Michael

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    Chelsea /

    When do you announce the winner?

  5. 2105

    Oh my! The first thing I would make would have to be all those breads that my 25 year old KitchenAid can’t handle! Her inner parts overheat, so if I can’t knead by hand, it’s no go:) Your ravioli is beautiful! Maybe that will be my 2012 challenge to myself – to make pasta!

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    Anna /

    Homemade sticky buns!

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    Anna /

    Like KitchenAid on FACEBOOK

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    Anna /

    Like bell’alimento on FACEBOOK.

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    Anna /

    Like kitchenaid on FACEBOOK.

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    Anna /

    Follow KitchenAid on TWITTER

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    Anna /

    Tweeted on twitter!

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    Felicia G /

    I follow you on twitter and RT’d the tweet

  13. 2113
    Felicia G /

    I will make a giant batch of chocolate chip cookies to have with my ravioli dinner! ;o)

  14. 2114
    Felicia G /

    I tweeted the following: “I just enterered to win a 7 qt @KitchenAidUSA Stand Mixer from @bellalimento You can enter here:

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    Felicia G /

    I follow you on Pinterest

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    Felicia G /

    I like you on facebook

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    Felicia G /

    I follow KitchenAid on twitter

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    Felicia G /

    I like KitchenAid on facebook

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    diana p /

    I’d make a triple batch of the NY Times Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe to test the mixer’s metal!

  20. 2120
    carmen /

    First thing I would make? Challah bread for sure! I make it now by hand and it takes forever-a kitchenaid would be just the thing!

  21. 2121
    carmen /

    I’m following you on twitter!

  22. 2122
    Christina /

    Pinned this page on pintrest :)

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    Christina /

    I would love a new kitchenaide, first thing I would make is some nutella cookies for my son :)

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    Catherine Anderson /

    I would love to try and make a mushroom ravioli!! My daughter is begging me to try and make pasta!

  25. 2125

    My Favorite Italian cheesecake

  26. 2126
    Sheri /

    I would make homemade pasta!!

  27. 2127
    Elisa /

    when and where will you announce the winner?

  28. 2128
    Deanna /

    Been looking but didn’t see a winner announced…

  29. 2129
    Daniela /

    This looks delicious.

  30. 2130

    I’ve been in food service for twenty years and have used
    commercial mixers on a daily basis. I finally decided to
    buy one myself and chose the Artisan series Kitchen Aid.
    What a treat! It gets the job done, no messing around, no
    fiddling with ingredients. It’s quiet and powerful and
    just…does it! I’m 37 and have complete confidence in this
    mixer outlasting me. Is it expensive? Yes, it is. But its
    worth every single penny and will pay for itself, many times
    over.

  31. 2131
    Maria /

    I would make cookies.

  32. 2132
    Maria /

    I follow you on twitter.

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    Maria /

    I like you on Facebook.

  34. 2134
    Maria /

    I like KitchenAid on Facebook.

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