Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Pasta Maker and Ravioli


64. Have you ever gone shopping in a Goodwill or Thrift Shoppe only to come across a "treasure" for pennies? I've had that very thing happen several times to me. And one of those treasures is my pasta maker. I found it for a mere $5.00. At first, I opened the lid and checked each piece, to make sure everything was there. I had wanted a pasta maker for many, many years but it was never in my price range. When I got home I searched on-line, and discovered my very same pasta maker, and the regular price is $99.00. What a bargain I got! It is old, but works like a dream.

So today I made homemade ravioli and it turned out beautifully. My daughter Emily helped me and did the hand kneading, being that my kneading days have been put on hold for now. I fed the dough through the pasta maker and she filled and sealed the little ravioli pillows.

The pasta dough recipe is from "Lidia Bastianich". She is brilliant with Italian cooking and my filling is my own combination of flavors.
Chicken and Spinach filled Ravioli

Filling
1 cup of chicken, ground or chopped, cooked, cooled
1 large bag rinsed, fresh spinach, chopped
2 Tblsp butter
3 Tblsp parmesan cheese
Salt and Pepper

Melt butter in saucepan and add chopped spinach, steam till spinach is reduced and tender.
About 5 minutes. Add cooked chicken, parm cheese and seasoning. Place in a bowl and set aside to cool.
Lidia's Egg Pasta Dough is very good and you can find it "here".
I let the ravioli rest before boiling.
I made a Marinara Sauce. It was so delicious! And easy!

"Tutti a Tavola A Mangiare!" Everyone to the table to Eat!

"I feel a recipe is only a theme,
which an intelligent cook can play each time
with a variation."
Madame Benoit

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