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How to Make Homemade Ravioli – The Ultimate Guide

December 2, 2019

This is the ultimate guide for making homemade ravioli from scratch. Complete with step by step photo instructions and lots of helpful tips from what tools to use to what filling to choose. This guide will help you make them perfectly!

A close up of homemade ravioli before being cooked

Making homemade ravioli can be a little labor intensive but it’s absolutely worth it, silky buttery fresh pasta filled with an incredible filling and tossed in a beautiful sauce.

It just doesn’t get any better and believe me the more you practice making homemade ravioli the easier it becomes!

This is the ultimate guide so we’re going to cover everything from what tools you’ll need plus incredible recipes you won’t want to miss.

Tools You Need to Make Ravioli

There are 3 main tools you can use to make homemade ravioli, it just depends on the shape you’re looking for.

A photo showing all the tools you need to make homemade ravioli

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  • Ravioli Wheel or Pasta Wheels this is a small wheel with a crimped edge that you use to cut hand filled ravioli. The size and shape are up to you!
  • Ravioli Stamps or Cutters ravioli stamps come in all different shapes and sizes the most common shapes are square and circle. Place the stamp over the filled pasta and use it to cut out the ravioli.
  • Ravioli Maker this is a super helpful tool and really helps keep the ravioli uniform if that’s what you’re looking for. See more details on how to use it in the How to Fill and Seal Ravioli section.

Making the Pasta

The secret to the BEST homemade ravioli is, of course, great pasta!

Before you start making the ravioli you’ll need to make homemade egg pasta dough.

Follow our guide for How to Make Homemade Pasta Dough it’s my go-to recipe and it’s so easy to make. I’ve got lots of tips on making it plus what flour you should use!

Top Tip: Having a pasta machine is a HUGE time saver and I totally recommend getting one but you can totally make homemade pasta with nothing other than a rolling pin and some elbow grease!

How Thin Should I Roll My Pasta Dough?

When using my pasta machine I like to roll my pasta out to number 7 which is the 3rd thinnest setting (9 being the thinnest). 

That way the pasta still has a nice bite to it and it’s a little easier to handle and fill.

If in doubt just roll the pasta out to the thinnest setting possible or roll it as thin as you can, that’s the general rule! Once you get used to making ravioli you’ll find out what thickness you prefer.

How to Choose A Filling for Homemade Ravioli

When it comes to making the ravioli filling there are some important tips to remember;

  • Make sure it’s not too wet – the filling should always be paste like or the consistency of ricotta or cream cheese (not too wet). If the filling is saucy or overly wet then the fresh pasta will turn sticky and will most likely stick to your work surface.
  • It shouldn’t be too rough – just like the filling shouldn’t be too wet it also shouldn’t be too rough. A rough filling could puncture the pasta which would be a disaster when you boil them. The filling will seep out or too much water will get in making the ravioli tasteless.

Here are some of my favourite fillings and ideas for you to try;

How to Fill and Seal Ravioli – 3 Ways

Using a Ravioli Maker

One important tip when using a ravioli maker is to dust it lightly with semolina or 00 flour to stop the pasta sticking to it (I’ve had a few disasters when I’ve forgotten to do this) (photo 1).

Place your sheet of pasta directly over the ravioli maker making sure there is enough overlap on all of the edges.

Place the plastic dimples over the sheet of pasta and very lightly press to make little pockets for your filling (photos 2 & 3).

Photos showing how to use a ravioli maker

Fill the pockets with your desired filling (1 heaped tsp is usually enough) (photo 4).

Next, place your second sheet of pasta directly over the first and lightly push down to get rid of any air (photo 5 & 6).

Step by step photos showing how to make ravioli with a ravioli maker

Use your mini roller to roll over the ravioli maker until the pasta is cut around the edges (photo 7).

Remove the excess pasta dough from around the ravioli maker and turn it over to remove the ravioli (photo 8).

When they fall out you should have perfectly filled ravioli ready for cooking!

Using a Ravioli Stamp

Lay your sheet of pasta on a clean surface dusted with semolina flour. 

Lightly press your stamp of choice onto the pasta so you have a rough guide of where to put the filling. You only want to mark the pasta and not cut it (photo 1).

Place the filling (around 1 heaped tsp) in the middle of each ravioli mark (photo 2).

Step by step photos showing how to make ravioli with a ravioli stamp

Next, place a second sheet of pasta directly over the first and use your hands to cup around the filling. Press lightly as you go to seal the pasta together and get rid of any air (photo 3).

Top Tip: If your pasta has trouble sticking together then you can dab it very lightly with water to seal.

Finally, use your stamp of choice to cut out each ravioli and they’re done (photo 4).

The Free Hand Method (with a pasta wheel)

Lay out one sheet of pasta and space your filling of choice around two finger spaces apart (photo 1)

The amount of filling will depend on the size of ravioli you want to make but I usually go for 1 heaped teaspoon per ravioli.

Next, lay your second sheet of pasta directly over the first and lightly cup your hands around the filling, pressing lightly to seal whilst pushing out any air (photo 2).

Step by step photos showing how to make ravioli with a pasta wheel

Finally using a pasta wheel cut the sides of the ravioli and cut them into individual squares. You can neaten them up and make them smaller once cut (photos 3 & 4).

Top Tip: If you don’t have a pasta wheel you can use a pizza cutter or knife but you won’t get the nice crimped edges.

Tips on Choosing the Best Sauce

When you choose a sauce for ravioli it can anything from an Authentic Italian Tomato SauceHerby Garlic Butter Pasta Sauce, cream sauce or even ragu!

The list is endless, I particularly love this parmesan cream sauce that we used in our mushroom ravioli, so delicious!

The main this to remember is that the sauce shouldn’t overpower the filling!

Homemade ravioli tossed with tomato sauce in a bowl

Can You Make Homemade Ravioli in Advance?

If you’re making the ravioli only a couple of hours in advance then you can sit them on a board or plate dusted with semolina flour and covered with a clean kitchen towel.

If you are making the ravioli a day or more in advance then you need to freeze them.

To Freeze Ravioli – lay them flat on an even layer and freeze, once frozen you can transfer them to a ziploc bag to save space. That way they won’t stick to each other.

To Cook from Frozen – there’s no need to thaw or defrost the ravioli before cooking in fact if you do that they will probably all stick together. Simply cook straight from frozen in salted boiling water.

Top Tips for Making Homemade Italian Ravioli

  • Make sure to have plenty of semolina flour to stop the ravioli sticking as you’re making them.
  • You can use flour instead of semolina to stop the pasta sticking but it does dry the pasta out quickly.
  • Make sure that your filling of choice is not too wet or rough, it should always be smooth and not have any sharp edges.
  • You can find my go-to recipe for homemade pasta dough here
  • All of the tools I’ve mentioned above will make the process of making homemade ravioli much easier but you can get the same results with just a rolling pin and a knife, cookie cutter or pizza wheel (and a little extra effort).

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How to Make Ravioli

*See Photos Above* The ultimate guide for making homemade ravioli at home. Complete with step by step photo instructions and lots of helpful tips from what tools to use to what filling to choose. This guide will help you make them perfectly!
Prep Time30 mins
Active Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Emily Kemp

Equipment

  • Pasta wheel
  • Ravioli stamp
  • Ravioli Maker

Materials

Instructions

Using a Ravioli Maker

  • One important tip when using a ravioli maker is to dust it lightly with semolina or 00 flour to stop the pasta sticking to it (I’ve had a few disasters when I’ve forgotten to do this).
  • Place your sheet of pasta directly over the ravioli maker making sure there is enough overlap on all of the edges.
  • Place the plastic dimples over the sheet of pasta and very lightly press to make little pockets for your filling.
  • Fill the pockets with your desired filling (1 heaped tsp is usually enough).
  • Next, place your second sheet of pasta directly over the first and lightly push down to get rid of any air.
  • Use your mini roller to roll over the ravioli maker until the pasta is cut around the edges.
  • Remove the excess pasta dough from around the ravioli maker and turn it over to remove the ravioli.
  • When they fall out you should have perfectly filled ravioli ready for cooking!

Using a Ravioli Stamp

  • Lay your sheet of pasta on a clean surface dusted with semolina flour.
  • Lightly press your stamp of choice onto the pasta so you have a rough guide of where to put the filling. You only want to mark the pasta and not cut it.
  • Place the filling (around 1 heaped tsp) in the middle of each ravioli mark.
  • Next, place a second sheet of pasta directly over the first and use your hands to cup around the filling. Press lightly as you go to seal the pasta together and get rid of any air.
  • Top Tip: If your pasta has trouble sticking together then you can dab it very lightly with water to seal.
  • Finally, use your stamp of choice to cut out each ravioli and they’re done.

The Free Hand Method (with a pasta wheel)

  • Lay out one sheet of pasta and space your filling of choice around two finger spaces apart.
  • The amount of filling will depend on the size of ravioli you want to make but I usually go for 1 heaped teaspoon per ravioli.
  • Next, lay your second sheet of pasta directly over the first and lightly cup your hands around the filling, pressing lightly to seal whilst pushing out any air.
  • Finally using a pasta wheel cut the sides of the ravioli and cut them into individual squares. You can neaten them up and make them smaller once cut.
  • Top Tip: If you don’t have a pasta wheel you can use a pizza cutter or knife but you won’t get the nice crimped edges.

Notes

  • Make sure to have plenty of semolina flour to stop the ravioli sticking as you're making them.
  • You can use flour instead of semolina to stop the pasta sticking but it does dry the pasta out quickly.
  • Make sure that your filling of choice is not too wet or rough, it should always be smooth and not have any sharp edges.
  • You can find my go-to recipe for homemade pasta dough here
  • All of the tools I've mentioned above will make the process of making homemade ravioli much easier but you can get the same results with just a rolling pin and a knife, cookie cutter or pizza wheel (and a little extra effort).

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