Remember me telling you about the KitchenAid Pasta Attachments my employer gave me on my 10th anniversary? I’ve been making lots of fresh pasta and it’s been wonderful. One other attachment they gave me was the ravioli maker. Oh boy I was excited to use it. This recipe for Butternut Squash was successful. But my first attempt, not so much.
When I got the ravioli maker, I decided I was going to dive right in. What I didn’t plan on was that the first batch would be one big goopy mess. To say I screwed up would be an understatement, but I learned lots of lessons. When you’re making fresh pasta, flour is your friend. It helps glide the pasta through the rollers and it won’t stick like glue. Biggest lesson learned and it’s been one of the keys to rolling out the dough.
I use the same basic recipe for the fresh pasta; 3 1/2 cups sifted flour, 4 large eggs & 4 tablespoons of water. Put all the ingredients in your stand mixer, set it to low for 30 seconds using your flat beater. Then replace it with the dough hook and mix on speed 2 for about two minutes. If you find your dough is still not sticking together well, then add water a tablespoon at a time while still in the stand mixer until it’s stuck together better. Roll it out onto a large cutting board dusted with flour and knead by hand for about a minute or two. Then let it rest before you roll it out.
A pasta roller for the KitchenAid Stand Mixer easily inserts into the mixes hub and has several settings with 1 making the thickest pasta and 8 the thinnest. For ravioli, you need a thinner pasta since it has to go through another process. Starting on setting 1, place about a quarter of the dough into the roller. When you put your dough in the roller at first, it won’t be perfect the first pass through. It will look more like cheese cloth. Ripped up cheese cloth. After the first pass, fold the dough in half and pass through again. After about the 4th pass, it will be a smooth sheet. Change the setting to 2 and repeat. Once it’s smooth, change the setting to 3 and pass it though 3 or 4 times. By now you should have a beautiful sheet of pasta. Lay your sheet on lightly floured parchment paper and repeat with the rest of the dough.
Now it’s time to make the ravioli. Remove the roller and add the ravioli maker. The ravioli attachment does not work with the mixers motor. It’s actually a hand crank process. You do insert the attachment into the hub of the KitchenAid and this holds it steady for you.
Here is a view from the top. As you can see, I already started rolling it out. The top of the attachment is called the hopper. This is where the dough goes in and also where you add filling. Take one sheet of dough and make sure to dust one side well with flour (very important). Fold it in half, flour side out and insert the crease into the hopper. Make sure it “takes.” Add the triangular guide into the hopper. Now yoiu have a place to insert the filling. By now, you should have a nice bowl of filling. Mine was quite simple; 1 butternut squash cooked with the insides scooped out and mashed, 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese and garlic.
Repeat with all sheets of pasta, then cut the ravs apart. This was my first time, so I used a pizza cutter. But, they are perforated and they will come apart easily. For my first time, I went the safe route.
Fresh pasta cooks in a snap, so once you have them apart, cook them in a large pot of boiling water for 5-7 minutes. I add salt and olive oil to my water for flavor and to make sure my ravs don’t stick together. Once cooked, drain and serve with your favorite sauce. My sauce was an alfredo made with 1 packet of Shirley J’s Whisk Bliss(a kitchen must have staple!), 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, 3 cloves of garlic (minced) and some fresh parsley. That’s it. Super simple.
There you have it. You CAN make fresh ravioli and the attachments make it easy. It is time consuming so not the best idea to make this on busy weeknights. With patience (and practice) you’ll be making ravs like the pros. I tell everyone I know that the KitchenAid mixer and attachments are essential kitchen items. I hope you think so too.