Gluten-free ravioli is especially beneficial to people who are struggling with autoimmune disorders and inflammatory diseases.
The gluten in grain is not normally recognized by the body’s immune system and so the immune system attacks the body’s intestines, causing severe damage. If you are not aware of your body’s sensitivity to gluten, it can cause a permanent damage to your body and make you suffer from loss of nutrient due to the inability of your digestive tract to absorb nutrients properly from food.
If you are suffering from lupus or Crohn’s disease, a gluten free food is good for you if you want to avoid inflammation of your joints as well as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.
Eating gluten-free ravioli will reduce the symptoms of the diseases and disorders mentioned above and help you live healthier. Gluten-free ravioli also leads to an increased energy and for children with autism, can help improve their behavior and digestion.
Preparing Gluten free ravioli from scratch is not something you should do in a rush, but it can be done by anybody with a little bit of imagination and a little bit of love and passion ( either love and passion for cooking or love and passion for the person you are doing it for ).
You need to take your time and prepare it, while enjoying the process. The best gluten free ravioli recipe include: one and a half cup of any gluten free flour, 1 to 2 Tbs of virgin oil, half cup of very warm water or 1 egg, ( if you are not Vegan ) salt.
This is where it gets better, the filling…. Here is where you can use your imagination or be simple and practical and use the previous food’s leftovers and transform them as a filling. In another words, you can create your our filling or you can use the stew you made this past weekend and transform those leftovers into a great homemade filling like a bean madly, or a Kale and garlic filling, or those few pieces of BBQ chicken from the past weekend… Anything can be transform into a filling.
To prepare it, you need to pour the gluten free flour into a large bowl, forming a shallow well in the middle of the flour. Then you should add water to the flour a little at a time or the egg if you are not Vegan. Then you mix them all together and you knead it, till they form a smooth ball. Then wrap it in a clear plastic wrap and allow it to rest for at least thirty minutes to one hour.
When the dough is ready is time to start stretching it as thinnest you can, trying to obtain 2 flat sheets. This are going to be the base of the ravioli and the top and you will put your filling creation in between. Use bitten eggs and brush the dough to help glue the pasta sheets. “Big secret…. Try not to leave any air in the middle of the ravioli or surrounding the filling to avoid them to open up while you are boiling them”.
Now you have the preparation table sprinkled dusted with the gluten free flour you choose, place one stretched sheet over the table and brush it with the bitten egg or with water if you are Vegan. Once the dough is slightly wet place 1 tablespoon of filling every 1 ½ to 2 inches apart until you cover the whole sheet. Then place the other sheet on top and start welding the two dough’s together by pressuring around each filling to avoid any air bubbles.
Now with a cutting wheel or a knife, make a cut from side to side and top to bottom on the dough sheet, running the cutting wheel thru the channels formed in between the fillings and you will get a square type of raviolis (traditional shape) or you can use a round cookie cutter and you will obtain a round shape ravioli called Agnolotti. At this point is very important to leave at least half to a full inch of pasta around each filling ball to the edge of the ravioli and no air bubble inside the ravioli.
Once the raviolis are done, sprinkle them with flour and place them into the freezer. Once they are frozen put them on a zip lock bag and save them for a rainy day.
If you are planning on eating them right away, put water to boil with 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and a pinch of Sea Salt. Once the water is boiling put the raviolis into the pot with the boiling water and wait for 5 – 7 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent from sticking to the bottom of the pot. When they are floating take them off or drain the water and mix it with your favorite sauce.
When we talk about the sauce we are saying.....if you got this far and made the ravioli yourself, you also have to make the sauce by your self. But, if you made the raviolis and saved them in the freezer for a quick home made meal you can get any good sauce from the store and have few in the pantry to speed up the proses. I personally like to make it my self and just enough for the pasta I am cooking. When it comes to the sauce we have a whole other chapter of it. Maybe next time we can make a tutorial with the essentials of a good homemade sauce.
Finally, your Gluten free Ravioli are tasty and has good health benefits, especially if you are having some autoimmune disorders. You can find some of the best gluten free ravioli recipe here.