Wednesday, February 9, 2011


This was a huge experiment for me. Making "pasta" has always been intimidating, but my husband bought me a pasta rolling machine, and when (and if) you have the time, its totally worth it.

One of my favorite cookbooks is "Joy of Cooking," I know, cliche, but as a beginner cook (sort-of! ha!) its a great resource for basic recipes. Like how to make ravioli.

I made this dish for 2 adults and 2 kids, and had plenty of left overs. However, its a lot of work and many times throughout this dish I cursed to myself and wished I just got the store bought stuff. But I also think everyone needs to try this at least once, just so they can appreciate the dish! And its was fantastically delish in the end!

Meat Filling:
Heat, in a skillet over med-high
2 tablespoons butter (or olive oil)
Then add and cook until done:
5 ounces chicken breasts, chopped to pieces
6 to 7 ounces of ground pork
2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon of each salt and pepper
then stir in
1/4 cup dry white wine
Remove from heat and cool.
In a food processor, add the meat mixture wth
1 cup grated parm cheese
4 ounces salami, chopped
3 ounces prosciutto
pinch of nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
Process until finely chopped and well blended. Stir in remaining cheese.

This is a fantastic meat filling! Its easy to double, and then freeze half for later use (thats what I did!!)

The pasta is a bit harder to do....and harder to here is a picture of the cookbook's explanations:
Then deep fry the ravioli until lightly brown.

Serve with sauce of your choice--I made vodka sauce the previous day and had leftovers, so that is what I used for mine. And that was perfect! Sprinkle a little parm cheese over top--there is no such thing as too much cheese! Enjoy!

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