Tuesday, December 30, 2008

handmade ravioli in mom's kitchen

(finally! I'm posting again!)
It was a very kitchen-y Christmas for me -- a french press, slick new Belgian waffle maker, herbs to grow, an 18 inch paella pan (!!!), and more. To top it all off, my mom passed down to me a pasta roller that belonged to my great-grandmother. It's Italian made -- instructions in Italian and all. I couldn't wait to use it -- so ravioli was made the Saturday after Christmas.

I don't really have a recipe to go along with this. I'd like to say it's because the recipe is a closely guarded family secret passed down once every 25 years along with this pasta roller. Really, it's just because I didn't jot it down. I'll just give you some general bits of information, along with some pictures using our new macro lens. (Maybe I should have called this post "showing off new toys")

Without further ado, the least informative recipe yet...

Pasta Dough
flour
eggs
salt
water

Ravioli Filling
ricotta cheese
parmesan cheese
mozzerella cheese
spinach
garlic
salt, pepper, etc...

1. Make the pasta dough.
2. Roll the pasta dough.

3. Mix the filling.4. Put filling on pasta dough.
5. Make ravioli.6. Cook italian sausage.
7. Boil ravioli.
8. Coat with pesto and serve with sausage and garlic bread.

This was a fun meal to cook. Not just because of the pasta roller passed down to me, but also because it was cooking for my family in the kitchen where I first learned to cook.

10 comments:

Mom said...

Awww!
I enjoyed watching you cook as much as I enjoyed the wonderful meal. You can come home and cook in my kitchen anytime!
Love, Mom

Joan said...

This looks fantastic! You make it look so easy - easier than I thought ravioli could be. Looking forward to hearing more about your new kitchen toys.

Higgins Design Studio said...

Did you save any leftovers?
It would go well with the sausage rolls your Grampa made yesterday...
Cindy

Higgins Design Studio said...

Oh, your cousin DragonBen helped with those sausage rolls... he loves to cook too!

Bill said...

Oooh! Fresh pasta!

Better not let your Uncle Bill find out you have a cooking blog. He might try to get you involved in his Chitarra project.

bobbyc said...

Would it be anything like this? http://fxcuisine.com/default.asp?language=2&Display=16&resolution=high

Bill said...

That's the basic idea. I'm thinking a hard maple frame inlaid with genuine Arlaukas Walnut and brass hardware.

Bill said...

Sorry, make that Arlauckas Walnut.

Regina said...

And Uncle Bill is making a whole bunch of these, right????? So that we can all field test them???

Bill said...

In the DIY spirit if the blog, I was thinking more along the lines of a kit.

We wouldn't want Matt's downstairs tools to become jealous of his upstairs tools now would we?