Recipe for Ravioli With Ricotta Filling


4 cup sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
6 tablespoon very cold water

3 cup ricotta cheese (about
1 1 1/2 lbs)
2 eggs, well beaten
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 tablespoon chopped parsley


BASIC PASTA DOUGH Stir into a large bowl a mixture of: 4 c sifted flour and salt. Make a well in center of flour. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing slightly after each addition: Add gradually about: 6 Tablespoons very cold water Mix well to make a stiff dough. Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 3 to 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. (Use shorter time if you are using a pasta machine to roll the dough.) RICOTTA FILLING Combine in a large bowl all filling ingredients. ASSEMBLY Divide dough into fourths. Lightly roll each portion 1/8 inch thick and cut lengthwise into 5 inch wide strips. Use the strips immediately--do nt allow to dry. Place 2 teaspoons of the filling 1 1/2 inches from the narrow end and in the center of the strip. Continue along the strip, placing the filling at about 3 1/2 inch intervals. Fold the strip in half lengthwise, covering the mounds of filling. To seal, press the edges together with the tines of a fork. Press gently between the mounds to form rectangles about 3 1/2 inches long. Cut apart with a pastry cutter and press the cut edges with the tines of a fork to seal. COOKING In a large saucepan bring to a boil: 7 quarts water 2 Tb salt Gradually add the ravioli (about one-half at a time). Boil rapidly, uncovered, about 20 minutes or until tender. Remove raviolis with a slotted spoon and drain. Palce on a warmed platter and top with tomato sauce. Sprinkle with: grated Romano or Parmesan cheese Serve immediately.

Makes about 3 dozen ravioli.

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