Homemade Ravioli with Friends

6 Feb

Knowing that we love to make homemade pizza and bread, (well, Len makes it and I eat it), my niece surprised us with this beautiful ravioli rolling pin. Truth be told, neither Len nor I had ever made homemade pasta, nor had we ever thought to do so.



So there it sat, since Christmas, staring back at us and egging us on…”come try me” it seemed to call out each time we passed by. So we gathered the usual suspects for a day of cooking/baking and added ravioli to the menu. After all, how hard could it be?

Giovanni, Len’s cooking buddy, made incredible dough for baguettes while Len whipped up some delicious Sicilian pizza for us to eat while contemplating the ravioli roller. With vino in hand, we watched the YouTube from Repast, the maker of the rolling pin.



Confident in our skills, Susanna took to the stove to create a porcini tomato sauce as I made the ricotta pecorino filling.

Since this was my very first pasta making experience, I decided to forego the mixer and do it all by hand. And Giovanni promised to help with the kneading and rolling, so why not.

Did it work? Click on the video produced by Giovanni to find out. And special thanks and musical credit to Andrea Bocelli for serenading us with Romanza and Rapsodia.




16 Responses to “Homemade Ravioli with Friends”

  1. Hilary Martinez February 6, 2015 at 1:34 PM #

    Wow!…….What a wonderful cooking class and excellent video Judy and Len. So enjoyed it and the results looked good enough to eat, How did the taste go down? Beautifully done with good music and photography…… Congratulations! All the best, The vacationing mexicans.


    • blogginginitaly February 6, 2015 at 1:43 PM #

      Hillary, they were actually delicious! We learned a lot and will incorporate our lessons learned into our next attempt. Fun to do in a group with friends and vino, especially when there is no need to be in hurry. We are already planning a repeat with extra dough for different fillings. Glad you are vacationing and hope you are both well! xo


    • Vikki February 6, 2015 at 2:45 PM #

      I love it. I love the ravioli rolling pin. You can make some many at one time.


      • blogginginitaly February 10, 2015 at 11:21 AM #

        We were actually able to make about 40 at a time!


  2. bestson808 February 6, 2015 at 1:51 PM #

    Aloha Judy,

    Wow, Mahalo Nui Loa (Thank you very much) for a fun learning experience. You transported us back to Italy with your skills & music selection. Clearly a fun time enjoyed by all. Miss you folks.
    Charles on island


  3. Aaron February 6, 2015 at 1:58 PM #

    Italia ❤


  4. Deb February 6, 2015 at 9:05 PM #

    Cousin, this was amazing to watch. You’re a wonderful teacher and I actually feel confident in making my own attempt. I will, of course, enlist the assistance of my daughter.



    • blogginginitaly February 6, 2015 at 9:51 PM #

      Deb, i had great help myself, including the YouTube, friends and vino ! Let me know how they come out. And thanks for the nice words!


  5. Diana February 7, 2015 at 3:16 PM #



  6. Jean February 9, 2015 at 2:28 PM #

    Yum! With your experience making pasta and cheese in Cortona, your cannoli connection and Len’s expertise we are expecting you to open a restaurant!


    • blogginginitaly February 10, 2015 at 11:24 AM #

      We’ve actually talked about it but being tied to a restaurant means little time for travel, so we just keep cooking with/for friends instead.


  7. Yvonne Wilson February 9, 2015 at 10:24 PM #

    It all looks wonderful! You guys have such a wonderful knack of keeping Italy in your hearts no matter where you are


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