Thumbs up!
Thumbs up!

Here’s a recipe I’ve used to make ravioli, including the filling, from scratch. 1 I found the recipe several years ago on the web, but unfortunately don’t remember where. In any case, here’s the recipe. It makes a LOT of pasta – enough for at least 6 people. The ravioli filling is my own creation – and its damn tasty.

There are essentially four steps:

  1. Make the dough
  2. Make the filling
  3. Make the ravioli
  4. Cook

Step 1: Make the Dough

Ravioli Pasta Dough Recipe2

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water

Place about 3/4 of the flour into a large bowl. Separately mix the egg, oil, salt and water. Add the wet ingredients to the flour. Mix everything thoroughly.

Kneed in the remaining flour. This takes a long time.

Wrap in plastic wrap and let sit for 30 minutes in the fridge. In the meantime, let’s move on to…

Step 2: Make the filling

Garlic Spinach Ricotta Ravioli Filling

  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated parmigiano reggiano cheese
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Defrost spinach in bowl and drain. Mix in everything else. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate when not in use.

Step 3: Make the ravioli

  • When ready to make the ravioli, only remove a very small amount from the plastic to work with at a time.3 I only worked with pieces of dough about the size of a standard 6-sided-die.
  • Squish the piece of dough into a disc about the size of a silver dollar.
  • Place the dough on a plastic cutting board. I prefer the kind with the non-skid rubberized ends.
  • Roll the dough as thinly as possible. You’re going for almost translucent in the center. A heavy rolling pin helps.
  • Add about 1/2 tablespoon of the filling to the center.
  • Fold the dough in half and pinch the edges.
  • Set each piece aside on wax paper on a large plate. The wax paper is to prevent the ravioli from sticking to the plate. Don’t let the ravioli touch each other since they will stick together.
  • Cover the ravioli on the plate with plastic wrap while you work.

Step 4: Cook

  • When ready to cook, add the pasta to boiling water in a large pot and then lower to medium heat after a minute.
  • Cook for 5-7 minutes.4
  • The ravioli will tend to stick to the bottom of the pot, so stir once or twice.


  1. Photo courtesy of Dev Null []
  2. As I mentioned above, this recipe makes a lot of dough. If trying it out for the first time, consider making a 1/3 batch. []
  3. If you’re using a pasta press, you already know what you’re doing so you don’t need to read this. []
  4. 5 minutes if you have very thin ravioli, 7 minutes if your pasta was thicker []

or…  The Apocalypse Can Be Fun!

Almost Midnight
Almost Midnight

Yesterday I mentioned how the CERN project is going to fire up its Large Hadron Collider on Wednesday September 10, 2008.  Several lawsuits have been filed (most in the US even though the project is located in Switzerland and France) to stop the machine from being turned on.  Here are some of the allegations:

  • It will create “strangelets” that will convert all other matter in the universe into “strangelets.”
  • It will create a black hole that will swallow up the Earth.

And, my PERSONAL favorite:

  • It will create a hole in space where where time becomes stuck in an infinite loop.

However infinitesimal, you have to admit the possibility that one of the above will happen.  Here’s a list of things you can do today to prepare for the world (maybe) ending tomorrow:

  1. Save your breath and don’t work out today.
  2. Eat fatty greasy salty food.  Garlic, onions, beans – go nuts!
  3. Take up smoking, drinking, and a drug of your choice.
  4. Tell your boss what you really think about them.1
  5. Leave work early today and don’t show up ever again!  (Or, kill two birds with one stone and do this at the same time as #4).
  6. Shred your will and cancel all insurance policies.
  7. Credit is your friend.  Apply for every line of credit you can.  Call your credit card company and see if you can raise your credit limits.
  8. Things to buy: an air horn, fireworks, a megaphone, a costume (favorite super hero, movie star, pirate, etc), a lot of champagne, and a beer hat.
  9. Book a caterer for tomorrow.  Sure, its last minute, but money is no object, right?
  10. Call your mom – she worries.

Be prepared to stay up late tonight and get up early tomorrow.  You’re not going to want to waste any daylight.  The next blog post will be at 5am. Set your alarm and check back here bright and early for your itinerary.

Get ready to party like its 1999.

  1. Steve, buddy, you gotta work on your golf game. []