The Sunday Saga of the Ravioli

October 21, 2008 · 23 comments · Print This Post

in Dinner, Pasta / Grains, Reviews

Sous Chef CK Rolls the Pasta

On Sunday a wave of ambition overcame me and I decided that I would make homemade ravioli. Keep in mind that this was after I’d already made french toast for breakfast, and baked cookies for CK’s office. Really I should have just laid on the couch in my pajamas watching Lifetime movies like a normal person.

A year ago I impulse shopped this VillaWare Ravioli Maker from Williams-Sonoma and promptly stashed it in the cupboard right next to the Atlas Pasta Machine that my mother gave me several years ago for Christmas, and which I’ve used a total of two times. Are you beginning to see a pattern here? Obviously, both of these kitchen gadgets were sorely in need of some kitchen counter face time so I bravely pulled out the ingredients I’d need to mix up a batch of pasta dough. And that’s when all of my excitement flew right out the window…

The Contraption
As soon as I began to combine the eggs and flour together I got a very ominous feeling. Initially I shook it off, but I called in CK for back-up, just in case, and he and I got to work. I showed him how to roll out the dough while I set-up the ravioli form. I layered my first sheet of pasta over the top. Made little indentations with the plastic form, filled in the pockets with a ricotta and Parmesan mixture, and carefully placed another sheet of pasta on top. Then I rolled the tiny rolling pin over the tray until the seams began to show. At this point you’re supposed to be able to flip the whole thing over and pretty ravioli tumble out all over the table. Of course that didn’t happen. My ravioli were firmly stuck in place.

Layer & Press
Layer & Press
Wet the Dough
Wet the Dough
Fill
Fill
Roll to Seal
Roll to Seal

So I sulked and pouted. Then I started to read the reviews of this product online at Amazon. Across the board almost everyone mentioned that you need to oil the metal plate before layering your pasta on top or it will stick. Now the instructions mention this helpful little tip, but not until the end after you’ve already filled and sealed everything. In my opinion it should be the first step in the manual, preferably in bold red letters and underlined. Meanwhile, those cheese filled pasta pillows definitely were not coming out anytime soon. Thankfully CK thought to put the ravioli plate directly into the freezer. We left it there until the pasta hardened a bit, then we were able to carefully pry them out. It’s a good thing they were cute…

Cute Ravioli
Of course, when we made the next batch, this time oiling the ravioli plate, they fell right out on the counter. I tried really hard not to hate them.

So was it worth it? Homemade pasta is awesome. Everyone knows that. We ate the ravioli last night with a red sauce. It was tasty, but I think I was too full of gadget resentment to truly enjoy it. I also think it’s best if l stick to the spaghetti mold on the pasta maker from now on.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 kittie October 21, 2008 at 10:03 am

Oh, these are cute! I’ve always bypassed the ravioli makers, and just hand cut them when I needed to, but these look miles better!

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2 Alejandra October 21, 2008 at 10:05 am

And now I’m officially craving homemade pasta… Awesome that CK was able to help. They do look lovely!

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3 Sues October 21, 2008 at 10:14 am

It totally looks cute though!! Chels signed us up for a pasta making class for November. I’m excited…and a bit nervous!

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4 Nicole October 21, 2008 at 10:16 am

Those are really cute! I don’t use my pasta machine very often either. And usually, I have to enlist the help of my husband. And usually, I get frustrated! But there’s just nothing better than a big plate of homemade pasta! I’ve never made ravioli and had actually planned on doing that yesterday. I made the filling, but ran out of time for the pasta. I ended up buying wonton wrappers and using those instead. Wasn’t that impressed with the results so I’ll get around to making some real pasta sometime this week. But I don’t have one of those ravioli molds, I hope they aren’t too difficult to cut by hand!

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5 LizAndrsn October 21, 2008 at 10:17 am

Gadget resentment? Oh, that sent me over the edge with laughter. I’ve so been there before.

Shop your local thrift store for gadgets. That way, when they go into the witness protection plan in the back of the cabinet, you don’t feel the expense guilt. As much.

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6 EB October 21, 2008 at 11:42 am

Erin-
If you don’t want to oil the mold next time you can just dust it with a healthy dose of flour. I know…. too little/too late… but next time.

EB

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7 Lys October 21, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Kudos to you for making homemade ravioli. That, much like the pizza dough, seems challenging. Not that I’m one to shirk from a challenge but still.

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8 Megan October 21, 2008 at 12:48 pm

I am so impressed. They look awesome!

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9 Hillary October 21, 2008 at 1:29 pm

They are SO cute! Even though it didn’t initially turn out as planned, that gadget seems pretty handy! And at least your pasta came out better than mine. 🙂

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10 Nikki October 21, 2008 at 3:12 pm

Awwww. You’re cute, too 🙂

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11 Farina October 21, 2008 at 8:17 pm

“In my opinion it should be the first step in the manual, preferably in bold red letters and underlined.”

Lol. I second that. I dont have them but if I did, I would expect an important step like that to be written at the beginning.

But … those raviolis are cute!

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12 pea and pear October 22, 2008 at 8:05 am

hehehehe… I love that story. Don’t get me wrong I feel bad for you but I do get a little giggle at gadget resentment. I definitely agree they skipped a very important instruction!!!! All the same your ravioli look delicious!!!

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13 michelle @ TNS October 22, 2008 at 3:46 pm

homemade pasta is definitely on my weekend agenda. but no gizmos, just a rolling pin and a fluted pastry cutter. just reading your story made me want to throw a pasta machine out a window, and i don’t even HAVE a pasta machine.

the wee ravioli are super-cute in the end, though.

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14 Lucy October 22, 2008 at 3:47 pm

I too recently made homemade rav’s after a long craving for them… although time consuming, they’re so worth.

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15 Olga October 22, 2008 at 8:17 pm

That looks like SO much fun!

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16 RecipeGirl October 23, 2008 at 8:44 am

I loved this post. I’m much like you… a normal person who watches Lifetime movies all day in pj’s (a rainy day is best), and on a whim I try things like homemade ravioli. I think I must get a ravioli maker. How cute is that? Of course I’ll be oiling mine from the start 🙂

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17 Lan October 23, 2008 at 11:01 am

at least you have a gadget. 🙂 when i had a spurt of homemade pasta inspiration, all i had was my rolling pin and some make shift tools.
your ravioli came out beautiful. i am extremely {jealous}.

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18 Mike October 23, 2008 at 12:24 pm

I have the exact same ravioli mold and I was in the same sour mood by the time I was done making ravioli! Yours look great and if your experience was like mine, my hat goes off to you for seeing it through to the end. I also found underfilling them was a good thing to do as I had a number which burst during cooking….lol, it added to my mood: all that hard work filling them for nothing!

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19 Cze-Johnson Carrie October 23, 2008 at 1:32 pm

we have a pasta machine that I only use for making pierogis. every time I use it I think how awesome fresh pasta would be… but then I realize there’s not enough crack in the world for me to take on that endeavor.

your raviolis came out so cute, though!

in terms of preventing hate, what about making a larger batch and freezing them so you can eat when the stress level has dissapated? granted this kills the notion of ‘fresh’ pasta… but it’ll still be home-made and tasty?

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20 nithya October 23, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Ok, I would be tempted to try this because of all of the possibilities for yummy, vegetarian fillings…mmmmm. And of course b/c they are adorable! Unfortunately, there’s a gadget purchase moratorium in my house.

Until you get over your gadget resentment, try fresh pasta from Monica’s Salumeria on Salem St (http://www.yelp.com/biz/monicas-salumeria-boston). They have a lot of fresh pastas and are really helpful with recipes, ideas, etc.

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