Homemade Ravioli


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The Story of Judy and Toni and their Homemade Ravioli

Contributed by Ash Dugan

Two women whom I admire and care deeply for have each struggled with breast cancer. My mother-in-law, Judy, had it before I knew her, while my husband was in high school. Her dear friend and my adopted mother-in-law, Toni, had it just last year. I was not a part of the battle with either of them as one was before I joined the family and one was hundreds of miles away from us. However, I have heard the stories, I have seen both their sons deal with the fear and hurting, and I have known what it feels like to be afraid for someone you love.

Both of these women love cooking. These women cook very differently. I have learned a lot about cooking from both of them. My favorite memory together with the two of them involves cooking.

Every other Christmas we travel to Oregon to the house my husband grew up in and spend a wonderful week with family. This is a family of MANY traditions, some of which I have pushed my way into and some I haven’t quite grown to understand and love. However, there is one tradition that I have been a part of since it began. Each year at Christmas we, and a few of our family’s closest friends, all get together for an evening. The boys watch football and the girls make homemade pasta. The girls I am referring to are the core group of Judy, Toni, my sister-in-law Molly, and myself, the others vary from year to year. My father-in-law prepares a venison filling for the raviolis and Toni prepares a more classic filling (recipe unavailable as Toni never uses recipes) for the raviolis. We prepare the dough, knead it (often enlisting the help of the boys during commercials), and then use a serious team effort to make the pasta with the Kitchenaide attachment. And by team effort I mean that we often make the dough so long it requires three of us to hold it, which of course only adds to the fun. The raviolis are then created with the various fillings and cooked. When completed we spend the entire dinner time debating which type of ravioli is better and if it was better with white sauce or red sauce.

Last year I was six months pregnant and as an avid football fan, used the pregnancy as an excuse to escape to the living room and watch football with the boys. At the end of the evening I knew I had missed out. A few hours with Judy, Toni, Molly, and our friends laughing, gossiping, and enjoying each others company is not something I should ever take for granted.

Recipe: Homemade Ravioli


  • 2 cups Flour
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Water


  1. Mix all ingredients and knead until smooth and pliable. Add more flour if dough is too sticky. Follow the directions on your pasta maker to make the noodles the proper thickness for ravioli.
  2. Create lengths of noodle that are 4-5 inches wide. Lay the noodles on a well floured surface (counter, cookie sheet, table, etc.). The noodles will have to be filled as you go along, i.e. it easier to make a length of noodle, create the raviolis, and then make the next length of noodle.

Recipe: Mike’s Sausage Ravioli Filling


  • ½ lb. Smoked venison sausage finely chopped
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup Romano Cheese
  • 8 oz. Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 Egg


  1. Mix all ingredients together, adjusting cheese quantities as needed to get a consistency thick enough that it could be formed into small balls.
  2. Place a Tbsp of the filling about every two to three inches along the length of the pasta.
  3. Fold the pasta in half lengthwise, cut the raviolis, and press the edges down with a fork.
  4. Cook raviolis in boiling water until soft (they will cook faster than store bought raviolis).


Thank you so much, Ash, for contributing this story and recipe.

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  1. Ash, your post was a loving tribute to two wonderful ladies. Countless warm and wonderful memories stem from times people spend together in the kitchen. Thank you for sharing your memories and your recipes with everyone.

  2. Thanks, Ash!!! Couldn’t have ever imagined a sweeter tribute! Ten years and going strong!!! Life rocks!

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