Homemade ravioli is a gourmet treat that not many people will even consider trying to make. Of course, the traditional way to make the ravioli is by hand, rolling out the dough and stuffing it and then pressing and cutting it into squares. If you get a ravioli maker, you will be able to make ravioli in a fraction of the time. Read on for easy instructions. This article deals with the popular home pasta machine, the Atlas 150 with the ravioli attachment.
Take your prepared pasta dough that is about 30 inches long and that has been pressed through the rollers on the number 5 setting, and fold it in half from end to end. The dough should be fairly dry but not crumbly. Flour it lightly so it does not stick in the ravioli maker.
Place the fold of the pasta into the entrance of the ravioli attachment on the pasta machine. Open both sides of the pasta so it is opened like a book with the crease in the middle. Turn the crank or power until the dough has just caught between the rollers.
Spoon a couple of teaspoons of your desired filling into the center of the dough crease, and spread it out evenly . Make sure the filling is not too wet, or it will squeeze out of the pasta and make a mess. Slowly power the machine so the rollers pull the dough into the ravioli attachment.
Add more filling as the rollers turn until the end of the dough is reached. Lay the filled raviolis on a floured surface to dry.
Separate the individual raviolis and drop into boiling salted water for about 5 minutes. Serve with the sauce of your choice. Alternatively, the prepared ravioli can be packaged and frozen for later consumption.
Maryland resident Heide Braley is a professional writer who contributes to a variety of websites. She has focused more than 10 years of research on botanical and garden articles and was awarded a membership to the Society of Professional Journalists. Braley has studied at Pennsylvania State University and Villanova University.