Sunday, December 23, 2007

Ravioli Making Party

I was fortunate enough to be invited to a ravioli making party hosted by a family friend. Bethany had just returned from culinary school and was throwing a ravioli making party. She was making ravioli to give away as Christmas gifts but wanted to invite people to join in on the fun.

Beth had three fillings prepared for us: butternut squash and macadamia, mushroom and mozzarella cheese, and spinach, mint, and fontina cheese.

Because Beth had already prepared the pasta dough, all we had to do was assemble the ravioli. The first step was to roll homemade dough through the pasta machine. We started at the widest setting and rolled it through twice on each setting (for a total of five settings). We then put the flattened dough onto the table and cut out several circles.

We then squeezed a dollop of filling onto the circle...

and topped it off with another circle and pressed it closed.

The finished products were delicious! I cooked each of them up with a delicate sauce so that the flavors of the ravioli were not overshadowed. My family and boyfriend loved them! My favorite was the butternut squash, while my dad and boyfriend liked the mushroom. I think my boyfriend loved it so much that he bought me a pasta maker for Christmas!! (Nah, he knows how much fun I had making them. I’m so lucky to have such a thoughtful boyfriend!)

I'm so glad that I was able to experience this! Although it was a lot of work, it was a ton of fun, with a tasty reward at the end! I can't wait to make some fresh pasta of my own!

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