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Restaurant style homemade Cheese Ravioli recipe

meatball-ravioli-964959_640Cheese ravioli is a popular choice of diners in restaurants. If you love cooking and you are interested in making homemade version of the same delicious ravioli you make the effort to go to a restaurant for then here is a recipe for you.

Prepare the ingredients:

You can get ravioli packets from a store but it’s always better to make all parts of a recipe yourself if you have time.

For the dough, you will need:

  • All-purpose flour 2 cups full and leveled.
  • Olive oil 1 tsp.
  • Eggs 2
  • Water only 1 ½ tbsp.
  • And Salt to taste

Make ravioli dough:

Making ravioli dough is a simple but slightly specific process. Start by mixing together salt and flour on a flat surface and form the mixture into a well. Take a bowl and add eggs, olive oil and flour and beat these ingredients together. Now start adding half the mixture into the well you created with salt and flour mixture and keep the mound in shape while pouring it. Start mixing the mixture with the flour keeping it steady.

Next add the other half and start kneading the mixture for almost 10 minutes. If the kneaded flour is a bit sticky, just add a little more flour. At the end, make the flour into a ball and leave it in refrigerator for about 1 hour. Move on to ravioli filling preparation.

Ingredients for Ravioli filling:

  • Ricotta cheese, 8 ounces
  • Provolone cheese ½ a cup, also shredded
  • Mozzarella cheese shredded into ½ cup
  • Softened cream cheese about 4 ounces
  • Dried parsley 1½ tsp.
  • Egg 1

Ingredients for Alfredo Sauce:

  • Basil pesto sauce 3 tbsp.
  • Heavy cream (since it’s a pesto cream sauce) 2 cups
  • Parmesan cheese 1/4th cup
  • Marinara sauce 24 ounces
  • Olive oil 2 tbsp.
  • Garlic 2 crushed cloves
  • For egg wash you will need 1 egg and 1 tbsp. water

To make Ravioli and pesto Alfredo sauce:

For cheese ravioli filling pour all four cheese, egg and parsley into a bowl and mix. Leave it aside as filling mixture and move to the next step of preparing the sauce.

For the sauce, put olive oil in a skillet and heat it over medium flame then add crushed garlic followed by 3 tablespoons of pesto sauce. Let it cook for about 1 minutes then add in cream while turning heat to high flame. When sauce boils, reduce heat and let the mixture simmer for five minutes. Now add parmesan cheese and keep mixing till you see the cheese has melted. Time to take it off the flame and set it aside.

Take a saucepan, add your marinara sauce and heat it over low flame while you move on to the next step which is to preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Prepare egg wash by beating the egg with water as mentioned in ingredients.

Time to prepare ravioli for cooking. Take dough out from refrigerator and roll it out into a nickel thick sheets. Use egg wash to brush the sheets. Then use teaspoons to put the filling mixture on the sheets with a distance of one each between each filling. When done, cover the filling sheet with another rolled out sheet and press along filling edges. Make sure there is no air left in. Cut ravioli pieces along filling and seal the edges.

Take a large pot and fill salted water in it. Bring it to boil on high heat and pour in ravioli pieces. Bring it to boil again until ravioli floats up. It should take about eight minutes. Drain ravioli for baking. Now cover the baking tray with baking sheet and grease it. Bake ravioli for 4 minutes until brown color is achieved. Serve it with cream sauce with marinara sauce drizzle over them.

To cook this; I used a Swiss Inox cookware set which I must admit is bloody brilliant!

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Cake in a cup, banana and peanut butter flavors

banana-cake-569743_640Oftentimes I crave for a cake but have to give it up as I simply cannot go through the hassle of making a whole cake for a small craving. So when I came across the idea of cake in a cup and that too in a couple of minutes, I hunted down the recipes to try.

Here are two of my personal favorite recipes.

First recipe is a banana flavored cake.

Ingredients for banana cake:

  • Butter 1 tablespoon melted
  • Banana 1
  • Milk 1 tablespoon
  • Egg 1 beaten
  • Brown sugar or white sugar 3 tablespoons
  • Plain Flour 3 tablespoons
  • Baking powder ½ teaspoon

Directions:

Take a microwave friendly mug and add butter in it. Melt it for 10 seconds. Take the mug out and add milk and egg then beat it with a spoon or for more ease, use a fork. Now add mashed banana and mix well with the fork.

Your mixture is ready to be microwaved so place it in for 1 minute full and check if it is cooked.

See if the pudding has risen enough with softness in the middle. If unsure then microwave for another 10 seconds and so on till it is cooked to your liking. And you are done cooking the cake. Yes, it takes only a few unbelievable minutes.

Peanut butter mug cake

Another favorite recipe for mug cake that I use in place of peanut butter and jelly craving is peanut butter mug cake. Here is the recipe.

Ingredients for Peanut butter mug cake:

  • Peanut butter 1 tbsp.
  • Milk 3 tbsp.
  • Flour 3 tbsp.
  • Sugar 2 tbsp.
  • Cocoa powder 1 ½ tbsp.
  • Baking powder ¼ tsp.
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil 1 ½ tbsp.

Directions:

Again in a microwavable mug, add in sugar, cocoa powder, flour, a pinch of salt and baking soda and whisk all these ingredients using a fork.

Now add vegetable oil, peanut butter and milk and whisk again till a smooth paste is formed. Place the mug in microwave and heat for 1 minute and 10 seconds on high power settings.

Don’t worry if the cake deflates after rising. It is ready to be eaten! Treat your cravings anytime of the day.

Mug cakes are super easy to make and the quickest recipe for a cake but it’s microwaved food and care must be taken to keep a balance in your eating habits for a healthy lifestyle!

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Cookware for tight spaces

furniture-349706_640When you have a tiny kitchen, the last thing you want to do is compromise space for appliances and cookware. Use these options for ideas on how to maximize your space.

One way is to find some great cookware and you should check out this top 3 list of the best induction cookware sets 2016 | comparison guide.

Storage Options

Hang them high

If you are a handy DIY kind of person and you have permission to do so, you could install a pot rack overhead. Just ensure that it clears your head space. This eliminates the need for drawer space, counter space or wall space to be taken up for your cookware.

Linear rack

A linear rack is great because it keeps your essentials within easy reach and close to the stove without taking over the space.

You may also want to consider a chef knife set which is one of the best ways to save some space whilst having all the main kitchen knives that you need in one place, like this forschner knife set – the very same Swiss Army knife fellows!

Above-range shelf

Adding a shelf above the stove top is a great option for those who cook on a daily basis. Keep your most used items out, within easy reach.

Pantry cart

If you have the option of wheeling a small pantry cart into your tiny kitchen, it can act as a coffee station, prep station and a cookware storage center. Find one with wire baskets underneath, where you can store your cookware or hang them from underneath if room allows for it.

Cookware Options

It might be tempting to invest in a cheap set, but you will get so much more out a more expensive one. A great option for a small kitchen would be a set like the Magma Nesting set, ( a really, very, very good set btw!).

This set has removable handles, can be stored easily due to their “nesting order”, and can be used as mixing bowls as well as cookware.

Another great option for small kitchen cookware would be a small crock-pot. This is great for nights where you just want to set it and forget it.

In fact you should check out the first post I published, it has a great video!

Less dishes, no need to be in the kitchen hovering over it and it can be easily hidden from view if needed.

Welcome

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I’m Matt and you can check out my story over at my About page and see the reason behind deciding to actually make this website.

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