Ravioli and Tortellini

I really love good pasta.  When we lived state-side it was always a treat to buy a package of gourmet tortellini—mmmm.  Since that is impossible to come by in our little market town in Mexico, I’ve had to improvise!

Actually I never thought of making my own pasta until one night I walked into the mission base kitchen (years ago) and found one of the college summer staff girls making ravioli!  What???  You can MAKE that???

Since then I’ve made it a handful of times.  It’s surprisingly easy to do and hard to mess up.  It IS slightly time-consuming though.

We made it a fun activity with the girls—kind of like playing playdough and making dinner all at once!

The pasta is just 2 cups flour with 2 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks, beaten.  Roll it out as thin as possible.  This is the time consuming part :)

The dough is made from 2 cups flour with 2 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks, beaten. Roll it out as thin as possible. This is the time consuming part :)

My big helper.

My big helper.

I've done different things for the filling.  This is carrots, onions and zucchini that I processed in the food processor then cooked in a little butter until tender.  Then I added a bunch of grated mozzerella cheese.  Cut the rolled out dough in small squares and add a TINY bit of filling right in the center.

I've done different things for the filling. This is carrots, onions and zucchini that I processed in the food processor then cooked in a little butter until tender. Then I added a bunch of grated mozzerella cheese. Cut the rolled out dough in small squares and add a TINY bit of filling right in the center.

For tortellini, fold and match two corners...

For tortellini, fold and match two corners...

Then roll and stick a finger there to wrap the other corners around to form a ring.

Then roll and stick a finger there to wrap the other corners around to form a ring.

There it is.  Not perfect but it will work :)

There it is. Not perfect but it will work :)

After I did a few, I let the girls have at it.  They made a lot of different shapes :)  The key is just to make sure there isn't too much filling.  I went behind them and pinched and sealed off all the gaps so the filling wouldn't fall out :)

After I did a few, I let the girls have at it. They made a lot of different shapes :) The key is just to make sure there isn't too much filling. I went behind them and pinched and sealed off all the gaps so the filling wouldn't fall out :)

I had a big pot of boiling water ready and dropped them in one batch of 8 or so at a time for about 3 minutes.  Then I dumped them in this bowl with butter so they wouldn't stick together.

I had a big pot of boiling water ready and dropped them in one batch of 8 or so at a time for about 3 minutes. Then I dumped them in this bowl with butter so they wouldn't stick together.

After we made a variety of shapes, I think we decided that these ravioli shaped ones were the yummiest.  And by far, the easiest to make!

After we made a variety of shapes, I think we decided that these ravioli shaped ones were the yummiest. And by far, the easiest to make! Just use two squares and pinch them together to seal.

Goofy girls.  One important suggestion---use white flour.  These were quite heavy because I used whole wheat.  We ate them but they would have been so much better with white flour :)

Goofy girls. One important suggestion---use white flour. These were quite heavy because I used whole wheat. We ate them but they would have been so much better with white flour :)

Here's the finished product with some tomato cream sauce.  Yum.

Here's the finished product with some tomato cream sauce. Yum.

For an easy and delicious pasta sauce chop an onion and a few garlic cloves super fine and saute in butter for a few minutes.  Add some tomato pure' and salt.  Let cook for a minute or two then add some cream then let it heat up and serve.  So easy and so delicious!!  We do this often for a quick meal.  The sauce---not the ravioli!!

For an easy and delicious pasta sauce chop an onion and a few garlic cloves super fine and saute in butter for a few minutes. Add some tomato sauce and salt. Let cook for a minute or two then add some cream then let it heat up and serve. So easy and so delicious!! We do this often for a quick meal. The sauce---not the ravioli!!

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4 Responses to “Ravioli and Tortellini”

  1. Jill says:

    That looks awesome! So great that the kids can help too! I’ve only cut strips of noodles, which is also delicious, but this looks like more fun!

  2. Erin says:

    I am DEF going to try to do noodles next time! I actually didn’t even think about doing that. So much simpler and I bet the kids would still love it.

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