Homemade Ravioli

Most of the recipes I share on this blog don’t require too much hands-on work. I like simple and quick. But sometimes the extra work is worth it. Like when it comes to making pasta from scratch. And since I’m teaching a college student how to cook, I felt like I couldn’t skip over the art of homemade pasta making. Fresh eggs and flour. That’s all you need. Well, that and the willingness to get a bit messy.

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Homemade Ravioli 


3 eggs
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cups mozzarella cheese, cubed or grated
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


1. Clean a large space on a table or counter top and mound the flour onto the surface. Make a well in the center of the flour and crack your eggs directly into it. I know that sounds crazy, but just trust me. If you absolutely must use a bowl, pick a large one so you have plenty of space to work. Then, (this is where it gets a little messy) slowly mix the flour and eggs together with your hands or a wooden spoon until it all comes together.

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2. Flour your surface (or a new one if your area got too messy) and knead the dough until it is smooth and pliable (you are likely to need to add more flour). If you have a Kitchen Aid mixer with a dough hook, this would be a great time to pull it out. It is kind of cheating, but kind of not since the end result will be the same: delicious, crunchy, cheesy ravioli… but I’m getting ahead of myself.

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3. Allow dough to rest for 5-10 minutes then begin to roll it out. If you have a pasta maker then you are in luck, my friend! Rolling it out is quick and painless. If you don’t have one then you can do what my husband and I did the first couple of years before we owned a pasta maker – roll it out by hand.  The trick to this, is to roll it out as thinly as possible with your rolling pin because the pasta will plump up significantly after it goes in the water.

4. Slice dough into 3” x 6” strips. Take one dough strip and fold in half. Seal two edges (third edge should just be a fold in the dough). Open the pocket and put approximately 1 tsp of mozzarella cheese in the center. Seal the fourth side with a fork or wooden spoon. Place each ravioli on a platter/cookie sheet/large surface until you can finish the rest. Repeat with next dough strip until all are complete.

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5. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Add a little olive oil and then 7-9 raviolis. After 2-3 minutes, the raviolis should rise to the surface and are ready to be pulled out with a slotted spoon. Repeat until all the ravioli is boiled.

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6a. Place boiled raviolis in a bowl and coat with olive oil and Parmesan. Heat a generous amount of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Lay a single layer of raviolis on the pan and fry until they are brown on both sides (3-6 minutes per side). Serve hot with marinara sauce and prepare yourself for a moment of bliss as you take your first bite


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6b. Pull boiled ravioli straight from the boiling water and place into a Pyrex dish. Cover them with sauce, mozzarella cheese, basil, oregano, and garlic powder. Bake for 10 minutes on 350 degrees until the cheese melts.

Kelsi, the college student who comes over on Wednesday nights, had a love-hate relationship with making homemade pasta. The beginning of it isn’t easy, but the more you get used to the feel of the dough, the easier it gets. She stuck with it and next thing you know, she was eating her very own handmade pasta. Success, my friends!

Have you made homemade pasta before? Would you try it?

Love Rach


60 responses to “Homemade Ravioli

  1. Girrrrll you’ve got my tummy rumblinggg. YUM!

  2. Oh yes. This looks and sounds so delicious. I’ve made egg noodles before but I’ve never been brave enough to try ravioli…. Maybe with your instructions I can conquer it!

    • You can! Especially since you have experience making pasta already. I think the hardest part to “get” is to know how sticky/dough-like the dough should be before rolling it out. It would make a huge mess, but I can just see little 2-year-old Ava stuffing the ravioli pockets with cheese! 🙂

  3. Yum! I’ve never made homemade pasta!

  4. I have made homemade pasta before, and it really was scary and a daunting task… BUT the end result was delicious! So I’d try it again… This recipe actually seems a ‘bit’ easier than the one I made (emphasis on ‘bit’. Ha, ha! I know that homemade pasta is generally a lot of work). BUT you’re right, it’s sometimes so worth the process. I’m pinning this recipe to make one day!! 🙂 YUM!

    • Yay! I’m so glad you’ve made pasta before and I’m glad that this recipe is one you plan to try out! Having already made pasta, you will get the hang of making ravioli really quickly. I think the hardest part is knowing if you have the right “dough-like” consistency to your dough before rolling it out. Experience helps with that. And experience you have! 🙂

  5. Yum!! My husband will be in heaven when I make these for him! He loves ravioli, thank you for the recipe sweet lady!

  6. Wow I have never dared to try this but they look delicious! That is great that you can be there to teach her how to cook. I kind of wish I had help with learning when I was younger. I may have to give this one a try!

    • I’ve had several friends tell me that they wished they had someone to teach them how to cook so I thought it was a good life skill I could pass on to this girl I mentor! 🙂 Let me know if you try this out! They are really yummy! 🙂

  7. That looks so good! I never knew it was so easy to make homemade ravioli!

    xo, Kristina

  8. This looks like such a fun (and delicious!) at home weekend date night idea! Loveeee me some pasta, but I’ve never tried to make it myself!

  9. This is so neat! I have never though to try to make my own pasta, but maybe I will give it a go sometime. You make it look easy. 🙂

  10. Looking so yummy!
    Mónica Sors

  11. Homemade pasta is seriously the best!!! I haven’t made any on my own (besides gnocchi) in a long time but you are right, it is totally worth it!!!

  12. These look amazing! I love they they’re vegetarian friendly 😉

    Edye // Gracefulcoffee

  13. I really want to try making pasta! It tastes SO much better when it’s homemade. This ravioli looks delicious!


  14. This is amazing!!! I’ve never made my own pasta and frankly have been too scared!! I think I’m gonna have to give this a try now because this just looks too good!! Thanks for posting!!

  15. Yum! I would never have the patience (or rather: take the time) to make my own ravioli, but I bet you can taste the difference.

  16. I think homemade pasta is definitely worth taking the time to make. I got a pasta machine for Christmas and I really haven’t made the most of it.

    • Oh man, a pasta machine is such a game changer! It makes the process go so much more quickly! And it definitely helps with keeping your pasta all the same size. You are so right, it really is worth taking the time to make! 🙂

  17. Oh my these look delicious! I need some homemade fresh pasta in my life! I told Mike not to long ago I want to try to make some!

  18. Hello, YUM! These look great!


  19. lauren markle

    oh my gosh, these look to die for. we have actually been eating a lot of pre-packaged vegetarian ravioli like mushroom and butternut squash and it’s so good! but your homemade version puts ours to shame. yum!

  20. I always give people who make their own pasta/pasta-like dishes a TON of credit!!!! It’s not that easy, even if the recipes are full of simple ingredients.

  21. I’ve never made ravioli from scratch, but that looks really good!

  22. Seriously??!!! THAT LOOKS SO GOOD! And seems SO much easier to make than I would have thought. Obviously pinning this to make. You just gave me a craving that I need to fill haha #pregoprobs

  23. wellll i doubt i’ll ever make this haha but it looks REALLY good. i might have to look for a GF recipe because I miss ravioli so much!

  24. i admit it, this half italian girl has never made raviolis! but thanks to this, theya re on my list!!

  25. The finished product looks and sounds AMAZING! Too much work for me to actually make, but if I lived a little closer I would definitely invite myself over to try some! 😉

  26. thehipandthrifty

    OH. My. Yum. That is insanely awesometastic. (what? It’s a word…now.) I now have a ravioli-shaped bug in my brain that needs to be fed.
    We are also teaching the neighbor’s kid how to cook; every once in a while we give him simple recipes to copy into his own special notebook, and then maybe once a week we teach him one of the recipes he wrote down. He loves it, but we keep it to side-dishes and desserts; that way he doesn’t return home with a giant platter of food when his parents have already cooked dinner 🙂

    • I LOVE that you are teaching him how to cook! What a blessing you are to him! His little notebook sounds adorable too. What a precious gift you are giving him. 🙂

      And yes, make ravioli from scratch. Your heart and tummy will thank you! 🙂

  27. Awesome ravioli tutorial! I tried to make homemade pasta once years ago and it was a fail (I don’t think I rolled it thin enough!). I need to try again now!

  28. this looks fantastic!! good job 🙂

  29. Looks so delicious, such a lovely post & recipe!

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