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How to make homemade ravioli without a pasta maker

Have you ever tried making your own pasta? I was challenged to make my own ravioli, from scratch, and I have to be honest and say this made me very nervous. I can whip up a cake or follow a recipe with pretty good results but the idea of making my own ravioli from flour and eggs was slightly scary.

Fortunately I was provided with the 00 grade pasta flour, a Lakeland ravioli stamper and the ASK Italian recipe book. Yesterday afternoon I gathered all the ingredients and set to work.

home made ravioli

I made the ravioli in a couple of stages. First of all I made the pasta dough.

The recipe for ravioli called for pasta flour, semolina flour and eggs. I couldn’t get hold of semolina flour anywhere so eventually gave up looking for it and made the pasta dough without it. The recipe also only gave instructions for using a food processor and manual pasta machine neither of which I had, so I was beginning to wonder what I had got myself in to!

Anyway, I just went for it and made the pasta dough and left it wrapped in clingfilm to chill. Whilst it was chilling I made the filling which was spinach and ricotta.

A little later I assembled the meal. First I finished the ravioli; rolling out the dough, filling the little parcels and cutting them out with my  ravioli stamper. I left them to dry for 30 minutes, turning them regularly. So far, so good.

home made ravioli

Then I made the sauce with peas, spinach leaves, white wine and creme fraiche. Whilst this was simmering away I dropped the ravioli in a pan of boiling water or a couple of minutes. I was very relieved to watch them cook and stay in one piece!

The final step was to remove the ravioli and stir them into the sauce for a couple of minutes before serving.

home made ravioli

I couldn’t quite believe we sat down to enjoy another delicious Italian meal. The Ravioli di Spinaci e Ricotta was delicious and I was pleased that I had made it all from scratch. It did require some effort but you can make ravioli without a pasta maker!

Disclosure – I’ve been working with ASK Italian over the last few weeks on their campaign to #respectthepasta  and the pasta, ravioli stamper and cook book were provided as part of this.


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    May 15, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Great blog post I look forward to them all x

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    Hannah Staveley
    May 15, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Oh wow this is amazing thank you for sharing .z

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    Angela Spicer
    May 15, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Ooh well done, that does look lovely. I have never attempted to make my own pasta

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    Mummy of Two
    May 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

    That looks delicious. I do love homemade pasta, not that I attempt it very often!

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    Sonya Cisco
    May 15, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I love ravioli and that sounds delicious, I have never been brave a ouch to try making my own! thinking I needed machines and the like! but you have proved that isn’t the case, so I should give it a go shouldn’t I!

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    May 15, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    This looks very tasty 🙂 I’ve not made homemade pasta for years. Maybe I should have a go at this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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    May 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    This is one thing I’ve never done – make my own pasta. As you say, it’s always slightly scared me! This looks awesome though 🙂 We are huge fans of pasta in our house.

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    May 15, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Wow that’s a pretty amazing achievement! I would have been terrified of even trying this so well done you – I bet it felt amazing to eat your own handmade ravioli 🙂

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    Kate Williams
    May 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    That looks amazing! I tried to make pasta once and it was awful!! Obviously I need to follow the recipe you did 🙂

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    Nayna Kanabar (@SIMPLYF00D)
    May 15, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I saw a similar ravioli maker stamp in lakeland , such a good idea. Your ravioli looks delicious.

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    May 15, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I’d love to try this – just think of all the fillings x x

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    Healthier Mummy
    May 15, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    These look amazing. I haven’t yet made my own pasta, but am hoping to soon. You’ve made what sounds like a really tricky task look pretty simple!

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    You Baby Me Mummy
    May 15, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    That looks so yummy, but I am such a bad cook I don’t think mine would look like that x

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    May 15, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    yum! this has been on my to try list for ages! really mjust give it a go

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    May 16, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I have never made my own pasta but would love to give this a go. Spinach and ricotta is one of my favourite fillings. Did you roll the dough out with a rolling pin?

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    Shell Louise
    May 16, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Ella (6) saw this post as she was doing her hair for school this morning and we now have to make our own homemade ravioli!

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    Helen Dickinson
    May 16, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you for posting this post. Its lovely to find out how to make ravioli without a pasta maker – I often wondered. I may try this at the weekend. Thank you 🙂

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    May 16, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    we really need to get ravioli stamper… we are doing it by hands atm and finishing with a fork 🙁

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    May 17, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Thats really clever, never though of making my own before

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    May 17, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Fab idea, we love Ravoli but never made it. I will pin this for when i have time to try

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    VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood
    May 17, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Wow! I have never made pasta from scratch, find it scary tbh. This looks marvellous and worth a try.

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