Do you make your own fresh pasta at home?
I first tried my hand at making pasta a couple of years ago. One day I bought myself a cheap pasta machine for about 15 bucks because I didn’t know whether I would really like it or not. I don’t like to waste a bunch of money on expensive gadgets that just sit in my cupboard after I’ve used them only once.
But I loved it right away. What a pleasure to roll out that silky smooth pasta dough! Don’t get me wrong, it took me quite a couple of less successful attempts first before I finally came up with a good pasta mixture. But now I got it.
Yesterday I had craving for a plateful of homemade beef ravioli… So I dusted off my good old pasta machine to make some fresh pasta. I’m amazed by how little effort and time it takes to prepare fresh pasta.
Beef Ravioli Recipe with Thyme Oil
I made it easy on myself for the filling and simply bought a couple of spicy Italian beef sausages at the local butcher’s. The meat mince inside is seasoned perfectly so all you have to do is take it out of the casings. I did add a tiny personal touch though and added some fennel seeds and balsamic vinegar to the meat mince for extra flavor.
It’s that simple.
Do you love to make fresh ravioli from scratch at home?
Then also check my pumpkin ravioli recipe! Fresh pasta pockets with a sweet pumpkin stuffing in a brown butter and sage sauce. You will love that classic as well!
- 8 oz semola flour + extra (225 g)
- 10,5 oz spicy Italian beef sausages (300 g)
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp thyme
- olive oil
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 egg yolk
- Add the flour, egg yolk, a pinch of salt and a tiny drizzle of olive oil to a blender.
- Pulse and then add a few teaspoons of cold water until you get a moist but not too sticky dough. If it is too sticky, add more flour.
- Transfer the dough to a floured surface, sprinkle lightly with flour and knead it for 2 minutes. Wrap it up in cling film and let the dough rest for at least 30 minutes at room temperature.
- In the meantime remove the sausage filling from their casings.
- Tear the sausage meat into smaller pieces and add it to a blender. Pulse and then add the fennel seeds and the balsamic vinegar.
- Blend the beef and then check the seasoning. Add extra pepper or salt to taste. Put the filling in the fridge to chill until needed later on. Sprinkle the pasta machine with some pasta flour. Cut the dough into 4 pieces. Wrap 3 of them again and put this aside for later. Flatten 1 piece in the palm of your hand a little. Lightly flour the dough on both sides and then roll it through the pasta machine on the widest stand.
- Fold and roll out again. Repeat this a couple of times until the pasta sheet feels silky. After that, start making the dough thinner and thinner. Check my fresh pasta recipe for more pictures. I went as far as stand 7 for this beef ravioli recipe. Lightly flour the pasta sheet occasionally to avoid sticking. Then cut the rolled pasta into 2-inch (5 cm) squares.
Put a teaspoon of mince filling on a pasta circle. Place the other square on top of the filling. Press the pasta gently around the filling to close the ravioli. Make sure to push out all the air or the ravioli might burst while cooking. Lightly brush the edges with some water if it is a little too dry. You can also secure the ravioli using a fork if you like.
- Repeat this until you run out of beef filling or pasta dough. In the meantime bring a large pan of salted water to a good boil. Once boiling add the ravioli and cook tehm for about 3 to 4 minutes or until they rise to the surface. Heat a little olive oil in a small pan and add the fresh thyme.
- Drain the ravioli and transfer them onto plates. Drizzle with the warm thyme oil. Finish with some freshly ground pepper, a pinch of salt and serve immediately.