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Yes Ravioli is a lot of work. After you make the pasta dough you need to roll into into thin strips. You can do it by hand--but that too much work for me. So I use hand crank pasta machine (got it cheap on Ebay) for this purpose. You need to make two passes though pasta machine to get it to right thickness. Then you put the small bits of filling on the top of layer of pasta--repeating every couple of inches (you need to leave room so filling will stay within ravioli when cut). then you layer the top level of pasta, press down and then you cut into individual pieces of ravioli. That's it! BTW ravioli is a good way to use up leftovers.

As for risotto--most recipes call for stove top preparation. This method requires a lot of stirring :-( So try to find recipes that are less hands on -- such as oven or in pressure cooker preparations ;-)
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