The idea of making ravioli may seem daunting, but once you've got the hang of rolling out pasta, it's pretty easy. Fillings can, and should, go beyond cheese. Think of ravioli as a pasta pocket for just about anything from meat to fish to veggies and more. Homemade ravioli isn't just for the expert home cook; in fact, fresh pasta is one of the easiest ways to start adventuring into the wide world of cooking.
Ready to get creative with your ravioli? Grab the Parmesan, the olive oil, and the all-purpose flour because we're getting crafty in the kitchen. Here are some inspiring ravioli filling recipes to get your sauces boiling.
1. Asparagus Ravioli with Pan-Seared Cremini Mushrooms
This is a new way to eat asparagus. Stuffed into whole wheat and homemade pasta sheets, this is a healthy ravioli perfect for your veggie loving friends. This homemade ravioli recipe completely puts store-bought, frozen ravioli to shame.
Top with ground black pepper to serve and voila!
2. Beetroot and Cashew Ricotta Ravioli
This is the ideal ravioli recipe for your vegan friends. And as a bonus, the vibrant red color of the beets creates a bright pasta dough.
The cashew filling is flavorful without being overpowering, and it would even taste delicious in a different kind of ravioli, perhaps pumpkin ravioli or mushroom ravioli, paired with a simple butter sauce.
3. Brown Butter Lobster Ravioli
Lobster and shrimp are sautéed in brown butter before being stuffed into homemade pasta pockets for a luxe pasta dish topped with rich tomato cream sauce.
Even if you were to skip the tomato cream sauce and just go straight for a simple drizzle of olive oil, you won't be disappointed.
4. Brussel Sprout, Fig, and Ricotta Ravioli
Nothing says autumn like the flavors of savory Brussel sprouts and rich, sweet figs. Together, with cheese, they make sweet and savory pasta filling that warms and fills, the tummy.
A dash of lemon zest atop the steaming bowl of pasta and a generous helping of grated Parmesan cheese is all you need for this luxurious and wholesome Italian dish.
5. Chocolate Cheese Ravioli
If you didn't know dessert ravioli were a thing, consider this your lucky day. Chocolate dough stuffed with sweetened Italian cream cheese is the new way to end a meal.
6. Crab and Creamy Vino Ravioli
A creamy white wine sauce is the perfect coating for delicate crabmeat and lemon zest-filled ravioli.
7. Duck Confit Ravioli
This may sound like a complicated and fancy pasta to master, but it's actually super easy once the duck is done.
8. Fresh Corn Stuffed Ravioli
If fresh corn is out of season, this sweet fluffy pasta recipe is still easily made with canned or frozen corn. Just substitute frozen corn and start stuffing.
9. Gorgonzola Butternut Squash Ravioli
If you love sweet butternut squash and earthy gorgonzola, you will love this unique pasta recipe.
10. Pear and Cheese Ravioli
Ripe pears provide the perfect sweetness to cut the creaminess of the cheese in this pear and cheese ravioli.
Get the recipe here.
11. Zucchini and Sausage Ravioli
12. Shitake and Arugula Ravioli
Italian and Asian flavors come together in this fusion dish made with shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce, and tahini.
13. Sweet Potato Ravioli
Sweet potatoes are available year-round, so this is a great recipe to keep in your back pocket for when you're craving something rich and still easy to whip together.