October 23, 2012

Homemade Jalapeno Ravioli with Cream Cheese Filling

This is a continuation of yesterdays post but deserved an entry of its own.  It shows how easy and fast it is to make homemade ravioli and it's just such a good feeling to know that what you are eating not only tastes amazing, but you know exactly what went into it.  Flour, eggs, a little oil and jalapenos (I grew mine in my garden this summer and I keep them in a container in the freezer).

Here is the basic recipe I posted yesterday when I showed you the noodles I made and today I'm showing you the ravioli.  Some of the products I use are at the bottom of the post if you are interested in learning more about them.

 Jalapeno Pasta

2 1/4 c flour
1 t salt
1-2 t olive oil
3-4 eggs
2 - 5 small jalapenos (depending on how hot-spicy you want your pasta)

In a food processor bowl, place the salt and flour.  Put the top on and while pulsing or running on low, add a teaspoon-ish of oil and start adding eggs.  You probably only need 3 eggs so start with that.  Add your jalapenos.  I used 2 small jalapenos and the dough was so mild even children could eat it without spice.  If you know you like jalapeno's, use more.  Process until the dough forms a ball shape.  If it hasn't gathered itself in a ball by the 3rd egg, you can add another teaspoon of oil or water or use a 4th egg.  Water or additional flour by the teaspoon will give you the texture you need for it to be a ball.

Let it rest 10 minutes.  Then either roll very, very thin with a rolling pin or use a pasta machine.  I use a manual, hand crank pasta machine and starting with number 1, I run it through to a number 4.  You can then cut into thin noodles or use wide sheets to make homemade ravioli.

I roll my dough through a manual pasta machine

You don't need fancy fillings!  Cream cheese does just fine!

Rolling the pasta over the mold to seal the edges

Cooked in boiling water for about 5 minutes and drained

Serve with butter, an alfredo sauce or a marinara sauce - anything goes!

You might also be interested in some of the products I use;
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