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Jan302009

First play with my new Christmas toy

Ravioli tray

I got a very lovely ravioli maker for Christmas and hadn't actually made any with it yet, so I dug it out of the cupboard this week in an attempt to make pea and mint ravioli. As usual, I took the fly by the seat of my pants attitude to a recipe and had a crack at just making it up myself and it worked....sort of.

Pasta maker

I used a basic pasta dough recipe from Jamie Oliver's Italy. The end result was nice but the filling wasn't thick enough and I eventually had to put an egg into it so at least when the pasta was cooked, the filling wasn't runny. I didn't want to blitz cooked garden peas so I blended still frozen ones meaning that they eventually thawed and made the filling distinctly sloppy......stupid!

It also took much fiddling around with the pasta maker and the ravioli tray until I really got the hang of turning out a presentable set of ravioli. 

Pea and mint ravioli filling

I won't share the recipe for the filling just yet as it needs to be perfected but you can see what the ravioli turn out like when using the tray. Getting one of these ravioli trays is really worth it, as when you get the hang of it you will never have a burst rav again.

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Reader Comments (8)

Well done for perservering! I had a pasta machine years ago, but never used it, and it got thrown out. But lately I've been wondering if I should buy another one and have a go...

January 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteraforkfulofspaghetti

Ravioli is one of my favorite foods (of course, I am Italian), and I have repeatedly reported on serious Eats how difficult that really GOOD ones can be to make.

You have done a good job, and I am the "Board Matron" of Serious Eats.

Good post.

January 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJerzee Tomato

Thanks, needs a little refining though. Tasted very nice but consistency not quite right. ;-)

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Bell

ooooooooooooo yum, I got a pasta maker for christmas 2007 but it's been used only twice, I should definitely get it out of the press again!!!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRachel@fairycakeheaven

These look and sound amazing! I just got a pasta maker as well, and I think these will be my first creation. Thanks for sharing!

February 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHayley

Oh yummy! I recently got a pasta maker as well and I've been doing lasagna and fettuccine, but have yet to try raviolli. Yours look great!

February 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterclumbsycookie

These look AWESOME! What a fun new toy!

February 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoie de vivre

Gorgeous ravioli. I really should make it more frequently and invest in one of those cute wee 'toys' ;)

February 25, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Goddess

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