During my weekends, I usually do baking or experiment with Italian dishes as my husband is a big fan of Italian cuisine. So last week, he demanded ravioli with a scrumptious white sauce. And honestly, it was very intimidating for me to make homemade ravioli pasta, whereas I don't even have a pasta maker.
So, what helped me was a recipe book where I found all the traditional cooking hacks and learned how to make it without a pasta maker.
Well, if you are looking forward to this, then rejoice! I am going to compile my go-to recipe just here!
Let’s get started!
Ravioli and Its Variants
Well, so ravioli is a traditional meal for Italians, which is basically made out of pasta dough of envelope or square shape.
Now, about the fillings, it differs from one region to another. For instance, in ancient Rome, people used ricotta cheese, nutmeg, spinaches, and black pepper for the ravioli filling.
Also, some use a gravy made out of broth or a sauce where the ravioli is dipped and devoured delectably.
In contrast, people from Sardinia use lemon rinds and ricotta cheese only.
Now, in Asian countries, people are mostly inspired by the Italian style cuisines, yet they embed their own traditional flavor into it. Such as minced garlic, chili flakes, grated egg, broccoli, herbs, and other spices to enhance the taste and make the composite delicious.
And the list of the ravioli filling goes on; the sky is the limit!
Quick and Easy Recipe for Homemade Ravioli without a Pasta Maker
First things first, you need to accumulate all the necessary ingredients for making the dough, filling, and lastly, the sauce, which is considered as a mainstream ritual of serving Italian meals.
One more thing! As we are making it without a pasta pot or a pasta maker, the process will be lengthy. But if you are down for some advancement, then make sure to check out the best electric pasta makers!
So the very first step is to write down the necessary ingredients! Check them out!
After you have all the ingredients, it’s time to glance over the direction of how you will make the dough, filling, and sauce appropriately.
Making the Dough
So, before anything else, you need to prepare the dough so that when you're making the sauce and filling, it gets time to absorb the moisture and softens.
Heres the process of how you are going to knead the dough!
Step 1: Whip the Eggs
Take a bowl and break the eggs without removing the yellow. Now take a beater or a cream whipper to beat the eggs. Keep whipping the eggs until no bubbles or lumps are floating.
Step 2: Knead the Dough
Here, take a big bowl and pour as much flour as you need. Add salt, olive oil, and the whipped egg. Keep some beaten egg for using it later. Because when you make the ravioli, it will work like glue to seize the fillings in the ravioli envelope.
Now, using your hand, mash the dough along with the ingredients and make sure to blend it well so that the taste of salt, egg, and oil remains consistent.
After that, using a foil paper or a plastic wrap, cover the bowl and keep it aside. Don't forget to cover as it will help to retain the moisture without getting hardened.
Here! Your dough is ready!
Making the Filling
Moving to the next part, now you’ll make the fillings. Here you can also embed your creativity or preferred spices, veggies, and seasoning to cook the filling as there's no restriction to it. Also, whatever you craft depending on your choice becomes your go-to method! So why not?
Step 1: Smoke a Frying Pan
Take a skillet or a frying pan and lit the stove. Now, keeping the heat medium, allow it to create some smoke. After that, simmer the heat and let the smoke evaporate slowly. Initially, you have the frying pan, all ready to steam and heat the fillings promptly.
Step 2: Put the Ingredients One by One
Now sprinkle some olive oil and add minced garlic to the frying pan. Keep stirring it until the garlic turns into a chestnut brown color. Once it's all brown, add the chopped broccoli and keep mixing it with the brown garlic.
After that, take salt, black pepper, and some Italian seasoning to bring the authentic Italian flavor. Blend all the ingredients evenly so that the spices coat the broccoli sufficiently.
Step 3: Add Cheese Before the Filling Becomes Cold
After that, take a bowl and pour the filling into it. Keep the bowl aside and add grated mozzarella cheese. Use a flat spoon to blend them together. Due to the heat, the cheese will automatically melt.
So your filling is ready!
Making the Sauce
To make the sauce, take another frying pan and opt for the following steps!
Step 1: Combine the Remaining Flour with Melted Butter
When the frying pan is hot, minced garlic and 2 tsp butter and grind it well until it becomes caramel brown. After that, pour the remaining flour into the melted hot butter. Then, using an eggbeater, blend the mixture fairly.
Make sure to not be greedy when adding flour; otherwise, it will make the sauce too thick and sticky to consume. The amount of butter needs to be higher than the flour.
Keep beating the flour and wait till it gets light brown.
Step 2: Pour Some Milk!
Spill the milk gradually while stirring the flour mixture along with the dripping milk. You should show some muscles when mixing the milk as you need to stir it, putting a little exertion for 5-6 minutes so that the milk doesn’t create bubbles.
Step 3: Wait till the White Sauce Gets Thick!
When your sauce becomes thick and consistent, add a pinch of salt and pulverized black pepper. Mix it well and put the pan down from the stove.
Step 4: Take Another Frying Pan!
Now, add some olive oil to the hot frying pan and add minced garlic. Allow it to grasp the brown avatar and after that, take the tomato puree and pour it in the frying pan.
Let it sit for 4 to 5 minutes.
Step 5: Add Spinaches!
Well, its time to go green! Take the chopped spinaches and drop it into the tomato puree mixture. Combine them well and include some boiled corn. Don’t forget to sprinkle some Italian seasoning and black pepper as well.
You can add a pinch of salt, but make sure you don't merge more than that as the sauce already bears salt’s presence.
Lastly, include the basil leaves, tearing them into small pieces. Boil for 2 minutes while stirring it and add the cooked white sauce. Stir the entire mixture for 3-5 minutes.
Making the Ravioli
Take the prepared dough and place it on a spacious chopping board or your kitchen cabinet. Spread the dough in long, thinner sheets using a rolling pin. After that, take a cookie cutter and place it on top of the dough sheet to make small, round cuts.
When you have all the cookie cuts, gently stuff the fillings on top of it. Take a fork and poke it around the cookie dough to tailor a design.
Oh! Make sure brushing the remaining whipped egg around the dough cuts so that it will be secured and won’t fall apart.
So! Your ravioli is ready to immerse in the boiling water blanch.
Preparing the Water Blanch
Boil water, salt, and olive oil in a pot, and when the water is steaming hot plus emitting smoke, add the ravioli one by one. Wait until it hovers on the water.
In the meantime, heat up the prepared sauce, and when the ravioli is ready, drown all of them into the sauce and experience homemade ravioli with pink broccoli stuffing and orange sauce.
Well, that's a wrap.
Don't forget to garnish the ravioli with your favorite ingredient. I prefer some coriander leaves to do the garnishing. Anyways, there are plenty of recipes, and you can find more variations on the internet as well.