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How to Make Ravioli

Homemade ravioli is a labor of love but once you get the hang of it, it's a lot of fun... and delicious!
Prep Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
resting time: 30 mins
Total Time: 2 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 50 ravioli (or so)

Ingredients
 

Full Batch

  • 4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks

For half the recipe:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks

Instructions
 

  • To make the ravioli dough, mix the flour and salt together on a clean work surface. Form into a 10-12 inch diameter mound. 
  • Using your hands, make a well in the flour and salt mixture. Pour the eggs and egg yolks into the well. Using a fork, gently beat the eggs and yolks. Once you’ve done that, slowly incorporate the flour into the eggs. 
  •  If the dough is too wet and it’s sticking to your work surface, add a little bit of flour to the dough. If the dough is too dry, add a spritz of water to the dough. 
  • Form the dough into a ball. Begin kneading it for 10 minutes. (Pushing the dough with the heel of your hand, and then rotating it). You’ll know the dough is ready when you press into it and it springs back. The dough should have a nice smooth appearance to it. 
  • Wrap the dough with plastic wrap and let it sit for 30 minutes at room temp. (If you aren’t using the dough right away, place it in the refrigerator). 
  • Roll out the ravioli (I use my kitchen aid pasta roller attachment). Roll out to about 1/8” to 1/16" thick. (Depending on how thin/thick you want your pasta to be).
  • Using a ravioli mold, place the sheet of dough over the ravioli mold (following instructions for the ravioli mold), gently create a small divot in the dough. Fill each cube with 1 tablespoon of filling. Cover with dough. Use a rolling pin and roll overtop the dough so that it seals. Turn the mold over and tap it on the counter to release the ravioli. Use a knife to separate any ravioli that didn’t separate. 
  • Transfer the ravioli to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper that has been dusted with flour. Continue rolling out the pasta dough and filling the ravioli until all of the dough and filling has been used.

Cooking the Ravioli

  • Bring pot of water to boil. Once boiling add 1 tablespoon of salt to the water. Add some of the ravioli to the water. Don’t overcrowd. You’ll want to do this in batches. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until they float to the top. Using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a lightly oiled plate or add them to whatever sauce you plan on serving with them.

Notes

I highly recommend you go through and read the blog post associated with this recipe before making the ravioli. I go into a lot of detail (accompanied by photos) about how to successfully make ravioli. 
Here are additional tips:
Tools for Making Homemade Ravioli
Making the Homemade Ravioli Dough
Make the flour well BIG because you'll be adding 5 eggs and 3 egg yolks to that well. When I made this ravioli recipe last year, I made the mistake of having the well be too small. Let's just say we had eggs drizzling over the flour wall.
You can beat the eggs with a fork prior to pouring them into the flour well or you can wait and lightly beat the eggs once they're in the flour well — it doesn't matter.
Once the eggs are incorporated into the flour and you've kneaded it, if the dough is too wet and it's sticking to your work surface, add a little bit of flour to the dough. On the contrary, if the dough is too dry, add a spritz of water to the dough.
Rolling out ravioli dough: To achieve an even thickness, I use my kitchen aid pasta roller attachment and it's amazing. If you don't have one, it's definitely something to consider purchasing. But once again, it's not necessary. You can make homemade ravioli with an old fashioned rolling pin, just roll the dough until super thin.
If making the full batch of ravioli, section the dough into 8, and then roll out each section with the pasta attachment. If making the half batch of ravioli dough, section the dough into 4-6 sections.
If you use a pasta sheet roller: Dust the dough with flour before running it through the pasta sheet roller, this prevents the dough from sticking. You can definitely run the ravioli dough through the #3 setting more than once. You really have to gauge how the dough feels.
Flouring the ravioli mold: What I found to work the very best was to have a pile of flour on my counter and then dip the metal ravioli frame into the flour so that it was covered in flour.
How to fill homemade ravioli: I use a really small cookie scoop for ease in measuring the filling.
Storing: Ravioli dough will keep in the refrigerator for several days. Cooked, homemade ravioli will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Freezing: Flash freeze the uncooked and filled ravioli on a wax paper lined baking sheet for about 1 hour, then transfer the frozen ravioli to a freezer-safe ziplock bag and store in freezer for up to 3 months. Boil and cook as normal straight out of the freezer.
Use this recipe when making my butternut squash ravioli

Nutrition

Calories: 73kcal (4%), Carbohydrates: 12g (4%), Protein: 3g (6%), Fat: 1g (2%), Saturated Fat: 1g (5%), Cholesterol: 52mg (17%), Sodium: 84mg (4%), Potassium: 30mg (1%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 1g (1%), Vitamin A: 74IU (1%), Calcium: 10mg (1%), Iron: 1mg (6%)