Ravioli Sunday…one of my favorites days in the year. It is a family tradition that began about 8 years ago…in the morning my mom, sisters and I begin making ravioli completely from scratch. This year we made two fillings: lobster and spinach. It was our first time trying the lobster filling…it was absolutely delicious! In past years we have done a pumpkin ravioli…also delicious but I have a feeling everyone will be requesting lobster again next year 🙂
Once the dough has been prepared and ready, we begin rolling it through a pasta maker. From there it is laid over a ravioli tray and then each pocket is filled. Another layer of dough goes over the top and then they are pressed into sections.
The ravioli then must be laid out to dry. Once they have dried they are cut into individual pieces. This year we made 24 dozen ravioli.
A large pot of boiling water should be prepared when you’re ready to start cooking the ravioli. Add salt to the water…salty enough that it tastes like a mouthful of ocean. The ravioli only takes about 5 minutes to cook then they are layered in a pan with red sauce…or as my mother and sister started saying “we must marry the ravioli with the sauce.
Italian sausage and meatballs add to this delicious meal making Ravioli Sunday like a second Thanksgiving.
All the leftover dough is made into pasta noodles. This process is quite entertaining…the first phase is the same as when making ravioli but then the “large noodle” (as I call it) is strung through a different roller to make linguine. It comes out in long strings which are hard to catch. It takes 4 hands and some noodles still get lost in the process. The last phase is drying the noodles…and nothing works better than a clothes drying rack 🙂
Wait a minute! Don’t think I forgot about yall gluten-free eaters (yes I said yall, I lived in the south, I can do that :)). My dad does not eat gluten or dairy so most meals are altered to accomodate him. Gluten-free ravioli was made the night before and turned out just as delicious. Honestly, there are a lot of gluten-free dishes that I enjoy more…my mom’s gluten free cornbread tastes like a piece of heaven (check back soon, will post on that later).