Fresh pasta is deceptively difficult to make. But the right equipment can make it much easier. This electric pasta machine will help you roll your pasta to the right thickness.
This pasta machine by Atlas has a bit more power.
Here’s a video to show you how to make fresh pasta by Fulvia Sensani from the Venetian Cooking School in Venice, Italy.
If you don’t have a nylon screen like Fulvia, you can dry your pasta on this Norpro pasta rack:
Now that you have some fresh pasta, it’s time to make some ravioli.
Here’s a nice recipe for summer pea ravioli by Thursday Night Smackdown that I found on Insider Food: New York:
Summer Pea Ravioli adapted from Vegan Visitor
Honestly, I make my pasta dough a little differently every time and don’t remember the proportions I used, exactly. But this is a pretty basic recipe that sounds about right. I substituted a little semolina flour for some of the AP and rolled it out to the #6 setting because I don’t have the stones yet to go to #7.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 large shallots, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups green peas (fresh or frozen)
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon dry vermouth
- 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme, finely chopped
- 1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 cup sheep’s milk ricotta
- 2 tablespoons butter
To prepare the peas, heat the oil in a large pan. Sauté shallots and garlic until soft and translucent, then add the vermouth and cook until liquid has evaporated. Add peas, water, herbs, salt and pepper and simmer until liquid is reduced by half.
Purée the peas in a food processor on high or through a food mill. If you used a food processor, layer a mesh sieve over a bowl and push the mixture through the sieve. Keep the solids in the sieve (or bowl of the food mill) for the filling and reserve the liquid in the bowl for the sauce.
Roll pasta into thin sheets. Combine the pea purée solids with the sheep’s milk ricotta and adjust seasoning if necessary.
Please visit Thursday Night Smackdown for the full recipe
You should eat a little something. You look skinny. – Thursday Night Smackdown
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