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Homemade ravioli

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samesizetoes Sat 29-Jun-13 15:31:50

I've had a look online how to make your own ravioli. A lot of recipes suggested using fresh lasagne sheets, easy! or so I thought. I had a go myself the other night and failed miserably. The pasta just wasn't behaving for me.

I tried pressing the pasta together straight from the packet, it wouldn't stick. So tried wetting the pasta with cold water and it wouldn't stick. I tried warm water, still wouldn't stick. Then tried part-cooking the pasta in warm water and it still wouldn't stick. Even tried crimping the pasta together with a fork and it just crumbled and filling just tore through the pasta sheets, and of course it didn't stick so I gave up in the end.

Has anyone had any luck with making ravioli using lasagne sheets? Or will I need to get a pasta machine to make fresh pasta? because I don't think my rolling skills or my wine bottle rolling pin would be up for the job of making fresh pasta. sad

quoteunquote Sat 29-Jun-13 16:34:14

watch all the Michela Chiappa you can, she always makes it really easy and simple.

just follow one of her recipes

Vibbe Sat 29-Jun-13 18:27:05

I use a pasta machine, but my dad just uses a good rolling pin.

I use egg to get it to stick and it's fine. I can't say if it will work with shop-bought fresh lasagne sheets, but it should.

Make sure that you wrap the pasta in cling film so it doesn't dry out - if it gets too dry, it'll crumble and be terrible to work with.

Anja1Cam Sat 29-Jun-13 18:34:19

As you found out, ready-made sheets are probably not suitable, they may be a bit too dry and stiff, have possibly even been made not to stick too much in the packet? For ravioli you will have to make it from scratch I think.

samesizetoes Sat 29-Jun-13 18:45:00

Anja1Cam - That make sense about added stuff to make it not stick to plastic. I'll have to have a go at making pasta then.

quoteunquote - thanks for the link! smile

JamNan Sat 29-Jun-13 23:15:44

It took a bit of practice but I got there in the end with one of these gadgets. raviloi press and a pasta machine from the charity shop. My main problem was making the dough too thin and the filling kept breaking through or too thick and the pasta was chewy. If you make your own dough use pasta flour or 00 fine grade flour for best results Doves flour. I cheat and make the pasta dough in the breadmaker.

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