Making Homemade Ravioli: It’s a Family Affair

how to make homemade ravioli

how to make homemade ravioli

 

My Saturday plans to make fresh ravioli for dinner ended up with the opening of the culinary domestic sweatshop.

Paddy came on board to cook the filling earlier on during the day. Afternoon came around and with the filling now cool, it was time to begin preparing the ravioli. Obviously, with 13 of us at home we need quite a large quantity to feed everyone and I was expecting the job to take a good hour or so to do. By the time I had finished pulling out the ingredients and our Marcato Atlas pasta machineseveral helpers had emerged and I immediately knew that the job would now take considerably longer than it would have.

Luckily, I had anticipated the enrolment of an army of helpers and allowed plenty of time.

So we began:

 

You can't make a pasta dough without breaking some eggs... so Paddy gets onto the job...
You can’t make a pasta dough without breaking some eggs… so Paddy gets onto the job…

 

 

Joseph, Paddy, Libby and Anna get stuck in to get the pasta dough made...
Joseph, Paddy, Libby and Anna get stuck in to get the pasta dough made…

 

As you can probably tell by Joseph's face, he isn't too keen on the sticky feeling!
As you can probably tell by Joseph’s face, he isn’t too keen on the sticky feeling!

 

He soon decides enough is enough for him...
He soon decides enough is enough for him…

 

...and leaves the rest of the job to the others.
…and leaves the rest of the job to the others.

 

Time to put the pasta through the machine. I think Joseph prefers this part!
Time to put the pasta through the machine. I think Joseph prefers this part!

 

Meanwhile at the other end of the kitchen, Cait is busy making my mother's delicious semolina recipe
Meanwhile at the other end of the kitchen, Cait is busy making my mother’s delicious semolina recipe

 

Isobel uses a biscuit cutter to cut out circles for the ravioli
Isobel uses a biscuit cutter to cut out circles for the ravioli

 

Anna watches while Joseph brushes egg white onto each ravioli circle
Anna watches while Joseph brushes egg white onto each ravioli circle

 

 

Paddy and I had already made the filling earlier that day. Libby sets about setting the filling onto each ravioli
Paddy and I had already made the filling earlier that day. Libby sets about setting the filling onto each ravioli

 

Isobel's fillings tend to be a little more generous!
Isobel’s fillings tend to be a little more generous!

 

Once the filling is set into the centre of each ravioli it's time to fold them over
Once the filling is set into the centre of each ravioli it’s time to fold them over

 

You need to make quite a few for a family this size!
You need to make quite a few for a family this size!

 

Anna then uses a fork to seal the edges of each ravioli. It's serious work.
Anna then uses a fork to seal the edges of each ravioli. It’s serious work.

 

Finally, we're done!
Finally, we’re done!

 

 

Finally, we're done! It took about two hours to make approximately 108 ravioli!
It probably wouldn’t have taken half as long if I worked alone, but the kids enjoyed joining in… even if it did end up taking much longer! How long? It took about two hours to make approximately 108 ravioli!

 

 

Which smelt delicious according to Libby
Which smelt delicious according to Libby

 

They tasted delicous too!

We will be posting the recipe soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Making Homemade Ravioli: It’s a Family Affair

  1. I posted only yesterday about how much longer it can take to get jobs done when the kids ‘help’! But it is so much more fun when they do! My tot was getting stuck into crochet this weekend and kept tangling all the yarn, but she was so happy. Looks like you all had a lovely afternoon and a lovely meal too! x

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