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Nonna's Homemade Ravioli

Ben's family's classic Italian ravioli. I've largely left out the method to form and fill the ravioli, as this will vary depending upon your pasta maker and materials, but the filling and dough recipes are absolutely the best I've ever eaten!


Ravioli Filling:

  • Olive oil
  • 2 pounds beef, — twice ground
  • 1/2 pound veal, — twice ground
  • 1/2 pound pork, — twice ground
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon garlic — crushed
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 32 ounces chopped frozen spinach, — thawed and pressed dry
  • 16 ounces ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs — lightly beaten
  • 1 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

For the Ravioli Dough (Single Batch—you will need 4 batches):

  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water — or a mixture of water and milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  1. For the filling: Heat olive oil in a large skillet and brown the three meats, onion, celery, and garlic together until cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let cool, then stir in the spinach, ricotta, eggs, bread crumbs, flour, cheese, nutmeg, and additional salt and pepper to taste. Let come to room temperature before filling the pasta.
  2. For the ravioli dough: Place the flour, eggs, water and oil to a standing mixer and beat with the paddle attachment on low speed for 1 to 2 minutes to blend. Switch to the dough hook, then knead for 5 to 10 minutes until silky. Transfer dough to a board rubbed with a few drops of vegetable oil, lightly rub the top with additional oil, then cover with a large overturned bowl and let rest 10 to 20 minutes.
  3. Cut dough into 8 pieces, then cut into 14 to 16 pieces. Run dough through the pasta maker, lay on forms, and fill ravioli, placing a second sheet of dough on the top. Once made, place ravioli in a single layer on a wax paper lined and lightly floured baking sheet. Dust tops lightly with flour. Cook immediately or freeze and save for Christmas dinner.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Homemade Pasta Recipe, Nonna's Homemade Ravioli

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