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. 

Optional Entries: (You must leave a separate comment for EACH additional entry to count)
2. Follow bell’alimento on TWITTER
3. RT the following “I just enterered to win a 7 qt @KitchenAidUSA Stand Mixer from @bellalimento You can enter here: http://wp.me/ppVJB-2KO

4. Follow KitchenAid on TWITTER
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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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2,144 Comments

  1. 2051

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  2. 2052

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  3. 2053

    I have followed KitchenAid on Twitter.

  4. 2054

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  7. 2057
    Kathy /

    Wow, what a gorgeous mixer! It makes my 26 year old mixer look pretty old and tired!
    The first thing I would make is these yummy looking raviolis! I can’t make anything this fabulous on my old Mixmaster, so I would be in heaven using this beauty every day, mixing up all the things I cannot do now with my current mixer.
    Love your blog and all your yummy recipes!

  8. 2058

    One of my favorite traditions is making homemade tortellini with my mom — haven’t done ravioli before, but this is a great excuse!

    We mix our pasta dough by hand, so if I won the Kitchenaid stand mixer, I’d use it to make dough for our favorite anise and pistachio biscotti!

  9. 2059
    Lora @cakeduchess /

    What a fantastic giveaway! I love homemade pasta and could eat a bowl for every meal:)

  10. 2060
    Catherine Yim /

    already follow@bellalimento! :) love!
    The first thing I would make i a gawgeous deep chocolate cake and then cry tears of joy that i’m not hand mixing these things anymore.

  11. 2061
    Catherine Yim /

    The second thing I would make would be fresh pizza dough…and then cry tears of joy again that I’m not hand mixing these ingredients anymore :)
    I’m a big softie!

  12. 2063

    I would make bread! It’s been on my to make list for years. This year is the year I’m going to take the plunge…finally! This fabulous mixer would make that a much more pleasant task for sure.

  13. 2064

    I already follow bell’alimento

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    Beth /

    I would make a huge batch of olive and rosemary bread! Yum!!

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    Beth /

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    I would make some gorgeous looking cupcakes with the new mixer.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Already following you on twitter @damn_delicious

  24. 2078
    Donna B. /

    Homemade bread, pasta, 7-minute frosting, whipped potatoes – total carb fest!!!!!

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    Donna B. /

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  30. 2085

    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway! On a student’s budget, I have yet to purchase a stand mixer, let alone a 7 quart beauty! I would make my mother’s birthday cake – smittenkitchen’s best birthday cake (yellow cake) and a chocolate butter cream. I never made a layer cake + frosting before; it’s hard without a stand mixer! Or macarons. I can’t pick! Probably would make both in one day :)

  31. 2086

    I already follow bell’alimento on twitter!

  32. 2088

    Just followed @kitchenaidusa. Thank you again, Paula. And good luck everyone!

  33. 2089

    i follow on facebook, i would love to win this, so i could make all my grandmother recipes, with my daughter to spend some bonding time, like i use too with my mom!

  34. 2090
    beth /

    i pinned a pin to my pinterest

  35. 2091
    Sarah /

    The first thing I would make is my mother’s poundcake.

  36. 2092
    Sarah /

    Just followed on Pinterest and pinned the beautiful ravioli.

  37. 2093
    Sarah /

    And I liked Bell’alimento on Facebook!

  38. 2094

    I’d make something with whipped cream (something I can never do by hand without hurting it)!

  39. 2095

    Im disappointed that as a Canadian I cannot enter contest. You have a Canada icon on your site? I am an avid gluten free baker and cook and would love a Kitchen Aid mixer. I would make a big batch of gluten free coconut, walnut, dark chocolate chip oatmeal cookies!!

  40. 2096

    Ouhh man! I’ve never had my own mixer! Always had to stir by hand. I would make a vegan/ gluten free chocolate cake! A lot of birthdays coming up in February.

  41. 2097

    facebook share! would make my grandmothers old recipes in my kitchenaid!! and i would buy all the stuff to go with it, pasta maker first, for fresh spinach pasta! thats for a chance of winning!!!

  42. 2098
    Alison /

    While the ravioli would be on my list of things to try, I’d probably make a nice big cake for my friends in it. Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting (been craving it lately, haven’t had a chance to have it yet though!)

  43. 2099
    Alison /

    I’m following you on Twitter :)

  44. 2100

    My mom’s Chocolate Chip Cookies! Did I mention red was her favorite color!

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