I need to start taking pictures of what I make - sorry, no images.
This weekend we were again inundated with snow. So on a lazy weekend what does one do? Cook. On Saturday I made a killer Shepherds Pie with ground turkey (and cleaned my son's room - but that's on my other blog), and on Sunday I baked bread and made raviolis (and cleaned out the cupboard in our bathroom - but that's yet another blog without "before" photos).
I've never made ravioli before (or Shepherds Pie, for that matter). Eaten it ... yes, but never made it. So I thought I'd try. I have a pasta maker and make linguine on a fairly regular basis. Once you eat home-made pasta it's a huge disappointment to go back to bought (as it is with most home-made food). And the ravioli was no exception.
I didn't have a recipe per se. I looked up a couple online and was going to go with a pumpkin and feta filling. But I took some cooked chicken out of the freezer, too. Well the pumpkin wasn't thawed when I started so I got some leftover feta out of the fridge, put it in the food processor with chicken, cheese curds, basil, parsley and some zucchini and blended it all up. When I was done with that, I tasted it. And it was good. So I stopped there. If it ain't broke ... don't fix it.
Then I made the pasta, cut it into 2-inch circles with a cookie cutter and filled them. Filling means putting a little of the filling on the bottom round, wetting the edges well, and putting a second pasta round on top - then pinching the edges to seal. I was afraid that the edges wouldn't seal and that they would burst, but the bigger problem ended up being the thinness of the pasta - it can burst in the middle if you're not careful. After losing a couple I had it down. After they are made, I just put them on parchment paper on a tray and let them sit. Would have been better to freeze them - a couple stuck even to the parchment paper. Froze a bunch for later use, and none of them stuck or tore from it.
Anyhow, ate it with a bought sauce, and man were they good. I'd encourage anyone with the inclination and the time to make your own pasta. It tastes so much better. I think I paid $60 for the pasta maker at the Italian Market and I haven't regretted it for a second.