Italian ravioli is a delicious dish made with a variety of fillings, including meat, cheese, and vegetables. The most traditional ravioli is made with a filling of ground beef, Parmesan cheese, and eggs. This rich and flavourful filling is enclosed in thin pasta dough, then boiled and served with a tomato or meat sauce.
This version is made using veal and mortadella for a new level of flavours. Ravioli filling always need to be slightly over-seasoned.
Pasta making is not that hard, you will, however, need a pasta machine, if you don’t have one you can still use a rolling pin. The thinner the dough, the better the ravioli. In fact, you want to be able to see the filling through it, that’s what makes it sexy! Italians say it’s a little like sexy lingerie, you want to reveal just a little but not too much! That’s where most people go wrong, making the pasta too thick and hence unsexy!
In this recipe I keep things simple by using all-purpose or plain flour. For me, it’s always worked fine. Traditionally and on the safer side, you would be better off using Italian 00 flour made from soft wheat.
The recipe is simple, one egg per 100grams of flour. My recipe has an extra egg yolk for richness and better colour. Therefore it has a little more flour. Knead the dough for 5 minutes or an average speed of 10 minutes. Once finished, it should be smooth like playdoh. If the dough seems too sticky, dust a little more flour. When working with the dough, always cover with cling film if not in use.
No matter how you enjoy it, ravioli is a delicious and satisfying dish that will leave you coming back for more!