When I set out to the local butcher, who's slogan over the register reads:
"We know our cows by the first names of their farmers"
I'd already decided to make a lasagna. When I got home and got everything out though, I discovered a long-lost and NEVER USED ravioli press. As such, I switched gears immediately and tried it out. The learning curve was about a 2 out of 5 so I'd highly recommend it!
|Probably the most basic ingredients ever.|
|Mix together, knead for 3 - minutes, let rest 20 minutes and then divide into 4 pieces.|
|Filling. Ground beef, mozzarella cheese, eggs, garlic, salt & pepper.|
|Tools for rolling out the dough. My kitchen aid pasta roller (courtesy of the Ya-Yas, *holla*) and a ravioli press.|
|Lay the pasta over the press, use the indent maker to...well...make the indents.|
|Add the meat.|
|Put another layer of pasta overtop and roll over with a rolling pin. Then pull out the raviolis. Dry for 2 hours (1 on each side) if freezing or cook right away!|
|The bigger the pot the better. This round took 9 minutes to be absolutely perfect!|
It was super yummy and made enough for EIGHT servings!
Not bad when the cost of the WHOLE BATCH was $12, including sauce.
Yummy, cost-effective and somewhat healthy with the extra lean natural beef and (evil but delicious) white flour. I SUPPOSE it'd be better for you with whole wheat pasta, but I suspect the dough would be a little trickier to get sealed.
Slightly more time consuming than lasagna but it was good to mix it up a bit!