10/03/2012 09:00 am ET Updated Nov 12, 2014

Homemade Raviolis Better Than An Italian Grandmother's


A great pasta dish always gets compared to one made by an Italian grandmother. She's a woman who has perfected every shape of ravioli and knows just the right amount of spice needed for an arrabiata thanks to her decades upon decades of experience. Not to mention her amazing mentor: her own grandmother. But not everyone has an Italian grandmother to teach them the ways of great pasta making. What are the non-Italians of the world to do?

We have the answer, and it's twofold. First, put a little work into it -- just like these Italian grandmothers did. And second, use the great recipes below.

While we might not have the guidance of generations upon generations of experienced pasta makers to show us how to work the dough, what we do have is a handful of guiding recipes to make great ravioli accessible to all -- and they're creative too. Because no matter how much you love the four cheese ravioli, it doesn't hold a candle to roasted beet ravioli with thyme mascarpone filling that you made with your own two hands.

Give these a try -- and find the Italian grandmother within you.

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