Homemade Pasta - Jalapeno Version made into Homemade Ravioli

This is a repost - but one I've got on my mind!  It starts with a basic homemade pasta recipe I often made into noodles and eat with butter, salt and pepper.  However, sometimes I make it into ravioli.  I've been craving homemade cheese ravioli in jalapeno pasta - perhaps it's the blast of polar air that is hitting us again this week?

You can play around with cheese fillings;  Sometimes I am lazy and simply use a bit of cream cheese.   Usually I like to mix cream cheese, mozzarella cheese and ricotta cheese in a bowl and spoon a heaping teaspoon of this mixture onto each pasta square.  If you leave out the jalapeno's and make this a plain pasta, a mixture of cheeses with a touch of minced garlic is yummy!

Play with YOUR food and decide what you like best.  I bought a container of ricotta cheese this past weekend in anticipation of this recipe.  Enjoy.

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!
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