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Gluten-Free Pasta & Ravioli Dough

This post is an excerpt from, written by Kenan Hill. 

Full recipe can be viewed here:

There’s a reason why there is gluten in most baked goods: it makes things stick together. Ravioli dough needs to be very pliable, so the loss of gluten makes things a little tricky. The good news? You don’t have to let your dough rest for around an hour (which helps the gluten do it’s thing). My advice is to work quickly and gently. It’s best to have your filling ready to go before you start the pasta dough so it doesn’t dry out and get brittle. Like all pasta making, it takes a little bit of practice and a healthy dose of patience.

Ingredients for pasta dough:
2 c Bob’s Red Mill gluten free all purpose flour
2 eggs + 1 yolk
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon (optional)

Ingredients for filling and sauce:
1/3 – 1/2 c port poached pear sauce
olive oil or butter

Special equipment:
regular rolling pin
ravioli rolling pin, ravioli stamp, ravioli tray, some other ravioli-making contraption, or a fork
zig-zag pasta cutter or regular pizza cutter

Make the pasta dough:
Start with 2 c Bob’s Red Mill gluten free all purpose flour in a bowl or in a mound on your counter. (For the record, I think it’s way more fun to do it on the counter like they always do in cooking shows.) Form a well in the middle of the flour by making wide and shallow indentation.

Add 2 eggs + 1 yolk, 1 T olive oil, and 1 T water in well. Using a fork, gently whisk wet ingredients in a circular motion, gradually incorporating flour. Be careful not to break the “walls” of the well so the wet ingredients don’t spill out! Once about half of the flour is incorporated, the wet part is thick enough not to spill out.

Continue mixing with your hands until most of flour is combined into the dough. Add more water as necessary. If using a bowl, turn dough out onto a floured surface. Continue to mix until everything is combined, but dough should be a little sticky.

Proceed to making ravioli immediately.

Make the ravioli:
Cut dough into 2 even pieces. Flour a clean surface and roll each piece of dough into very thin, similarly sized sheets.  You should be able to see through the dough.

To form the ravioli, follow the instructions with whatever tool you’re using, or use the following outlines:

Ravioli rolling pin: Evenly spread the ricotta mixture over one sheet of pasta dough, leaving at least a 2 inch buffer area around the edges. Place the second sheet of dough on top. Roll ravioli rolling pin over dough and filling, applying firm but even pressure. Using a pasta or pizza cutter, cut individual ravioli apart.

Ravioli tray: Lay one sheet of pasta dough over the ravioli tray. Using your thumb, gently press the dough down into each indention. Spoon ricotta filling into each spot. Roll pin over tray to seal and cut ravioli.

Fork or ravioli stamp: Using a pizza or pasta cutter, cut evenly-sized squares (about 2″ x 2″ or the dimensions of your stamp) of pasta dough. Spoon a small amount of ricotta filling onto a square of dough. Cover with another square and press with stamp to seal edges, or use the tines of a fork to seal edges. Alternatively, you can place ricotta filling in the center of a square piece of dough, fold it over into a triangle and seal the edges with a stamp or fork.
If not cooking right away, see notes for instructions on storing ravioli.

Cook the ravioli:
Bring a large pot of water to boil over high heat. Once boiling, generously salt water and bring back to rapid boil.

Add ravioli to water and cook 3-5 minutes or until pasta rises to top of water. Cook in batches if necessary to avoid crowding.

Coat cooked ravioli with olive oil, brown butter, or your favorite sauce. Add a splash of cooking water to help bind the sauce with the pasta.

To serve, I recommend shaved chocolate if you want to go the sweet route or crumbled bleu cheese for a sweet-and-savory dish.



Michael Finizio

I'm an engineer, a foodie and a woodworker but above all I just love designing products that bring people together. I believe very strongly in the importance of gathering around the kitchen table with the people I love. Combining good food, good wine and good company is the most special moment I can achieve. The inspiration for Repast Supply Co grew from a family reunion when the whole family spent an afternoon cooking together. The adults laughed, drank wine and told stories while the children played and helped roll out pasta dough. This was a very special moment and one I seek to recreate whenever possible.