What Goes With Ravioli: A Guide to Delicious Side Dishes

Ravioli is a classic Italian dish often served as a main course. But what goes with ravioli? What are some delicious side dishes that can be served alongside this pasta dish?

Here are what goes with ravioli:

  • Side dishes: Italian Bread, No-kneaded sourdough rolls, Garlic parmesan green beans, Green salad, etc.
  • Sauces: Alfredo sauce, Cream sauce, Almond sauce, Gorgonzola sauce, etc.

This blog post will explore some of the best options for side dishes to serve with ravioli. Stay tuned for recipes for garlic bread, salad, and more!

What You Need to Know about Ravioli

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Ravioli with cream sauce. Credit: canva

What is ravioli?

Italian Ravioli is a pasta dish in which the filling is encased within the thin dough. They were initially a traditional food in Italian cuisine and are usually served with either broth or sauce.

Ravioli are made from sheets of dough that are cut into squares and then folded over onto themselves. The edges of the dough are pinched together and then cooked until they become firm.

Once the ravioli have been formed, they can be filled with many ingredients such as cheese, meat, vegetables, herbs, spices, and even chocolate!

What is ravioli made of?

Pasta is one of the oldest foods known to man. It has been eaten for thousands of years by people worldwide. Pasta comes in various shapes and sizes. Some examples include: spaghetti, penne, fusilli, rotini, farfalle (bowtie), cavatelli, and tortelloni.

Pasta is made from wheat flour and water. Wheat flour contains gluten which makes it stretchy when cooked. When you cook pasta, the starch in the flour gelatinizes and becomes soft.

What filling is usually in ravioli?

The most common fillings used in ravioli are cheese and meat. Other popular fillings include vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, nuts, and chocolate. Cheese ravioli is often referred to as “ricotta” or “mozzarella.”

Cheese ravioli is typically made from ricotta cheese mixed with eggs and seasonings. Some chefs add fresh herbs like basil, oregano, and thyme to make them more flavorful.

Meat ravioli are also very popular. They come in many varieties, including chicken, beef, pork, lamb, ham, turkey, veal, and sausage. These ravioli are usually seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and other spices.

What is the difference between ravioli and tortellini?

Tortellini and ravioli are both pasta dishes, but they differ slightly in their shape. Tortellini are smaller than ravioli and look similar to small dumplings.

Tortellini are generally made using egg yolks instead of whole eggs. Egg yolks contain less protein than whole eggs, which helps keep the tortellini light and fluffy.

What Goes with Ravioli?

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Ravioli with Italian bread. Credit: canva

What fillings are great for ravioli?

Several things go well with ravioli, depending on the kind of ravioli filling you choose.

Here are some suggestions:

Cheese Ravioli

Cheese ravioli is an Italian classic. It’s usually served as an appetizer, but it can also be used as a side dish. Cheese ravioli can be made from any type of cheese. Some popular choices include mozzarella, ricotta, provolone, and parmesan.

Meat Ravioli

If you’re looking for something savory, try making meat ravioli. First, season the meat with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Add chopped onions if you’d like. Then roll the ravioli up and bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.

Vegetable Ravioli

For a lighter option, try vegetable ravioli. Try mixing spinach, broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms, peas, corn, carrots, peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Of course, you could also use frozen veggies!

Herb Ravioli

Herbs are great additions to ravioli. Try adding rosemary, sage, parsley, chives, thyme, oregano, basil, mint, or cilantro.

Chicken Ravioli

This recipe calls for ground chicken and Parmesan cheese. First, the chicken is browned then combined with cream cheese, milk, eggs, and bread crumbs. Once everything is combined, the mixture is rolled into balls and sauteed until golden brown.

Ham Ravioli

This dish uses diced ham, Swiss cheese, and mayonnaise. The ham is first fried and then combined with the rest of the ingredients. Next, the mixture is stuffed into ravioli shells and baked.

Pork Ravioli

Pork ravioli can be pretty delicious. It’s simple to make, too. Just combine pork, green bell pepper, onion, celery, and tomato sauce. Roll the mixture into balls and fry them until golden brown.

Pork Ravioli With Peas And Broccoli

This dish combines pork, peas, broccoli, and rice. The pork is cooked, drained, and combined with the remaining ingredients. The mixture is then wrapped around ravioli dough before being baked.

Lobster Ravioli

Lobster ravioli is one of the most decadent appetizers out there. This dish starts with lobster tails that have been steamed and then blended with butter, lemon juice, heavy cream, and white wine. The mixture is then added to ravioli dough and rolled into balls.

Butternut Squash Ravioli

These squash ravioli are filled with pumpkin puree, almonds, raisins, and cinnamon. The mixture is mixed together and then placed into ravioli dough. After baking, these squash ravioli are topped with powdered sugar.

What side dishes for ravioli?

Ravioli pair well with lots of different sides. Some good options for ravioli side dish include:

Italian Bread

Bread is always a perfect side dish for ravioli and a good choice because it has a soft texture that makes it perfect for dipping ravioli in sauces. In addition, Italian bread is often used as an appetizer or snack.

Garlic Bread

Garlic bread is another classic pairing. This bread has a strong flavor that pairs perfectly with the rich taste of ravioli.

No-Knead Sourdough Rolls

Sourdough rolls are easy to make and don’t require much time. They have a distinct flavor and are also very versatile. They’re perfect for stuffing with anything from meats to vegetables.

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Ravioli with Green Salad. Credit: canva

Green Salad

A salad is a healthy way to eat when you have ravioli. A fresh green salad will help cleanse your palate after eating ravioli.

Garlic Parmesan Green Beans

Green beans have a mild flavor, perfect for serving alongside ravioli.

The combination of green beans and Parmesan cheese is one of my favorites. If you don’t care much for vegetables, feel free to substitute other types of pasta.

Balsamic-Glazed Carrots or Beets

Carrots and beets both have a tangy flavor and sweet flavor. They pair nicely with ravioli. The balsamic glaze adds even more extra flavor of sweetness.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Artichokes are a popular food item in Italy. Spinach artichoke dip is a tasty dip made from spinach, artichoke hearts, and cream cheese.

Grilled Broccoli Rabe with Romesco

Broccoli rabe is a type of kale that tastes similar to broccoli. Grilling this vegetable brings out its natural sweetness. Serve it with romesco sauce.

Roasted Asparagus

Asparagus is a perfect vegetable because it pairs well with most flavors. Roasting asparagus intensifies its flavor. Other roasted vegetables are also great.

Cucumber Tomato Salad

Tomatoes and cucumbers are two fruits that go great together. Combine them with basil leaves and serve on top of a bed of lettuce.

Creamy Polenta

Creamy polenta is another excellent pairing. It’s creamy and hearty, just like ravioli. Add some grated parmesan cheese to make it extra delicious.

Creamy Potato Gratin

Potato gratin is a comforting side dish perfect for chilly winter nights. Make sure to add plenty of cheese to enhance the flavor.

What Sauces Go with Ravioli?

Sauces often accompany ravioli dishes. Here are some of the most popular sauces used with ravioli:

Almond Sauce

Almond sauce is a light sauce that is traditionally served with ravioli. It’s flavored with almonds and butter.

Alfredo Sauce

Alfredo sauce is a rich sauce that is typically served with ravioli dishes. It has a smooth texture and a strong taste.

Cream Sauce

The cream sauce is a thick sauce that is typically a favorite ravioli sauce. It contains cream and butter.

Gorgonzola Sauce

Gorgonzola sauce is a classic sauce that is typically served alongside ravioli. It has a mild flavor and a slightly bitter after taste.

Tomato and Basil Sauce

Tomato and basil sauce is a basic sauce that is typically served along with ravioli. The combination of tomatoes and basil makes it a favorite among many people.

Beef Broth

Beef broth is a simple sauce that can be used with ravioli. It’s made from beef stock and has a strong flavor.

How to Make Ravioli?

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Making ravioli. Credit: canva

Here are my favorite recipes for making homemade ravioli and creamy sauce.

Cheese Filled Ravioli Recipe

Most people usually use the store-bought ravioli to make some ravioli dishes. However, it is not difficult to make your homemade ravioli.

Let’s learn how to make delicious, simple, and standard Italian Ravioli!

Prepare Ingredients (For 2 Servings)

  • Water 120 ml
  • Wheat 375 g
  • Eggs 2
  • Ricotta Cheese 400 g
  • Cheddar Cheese 63 g
  • Parmesan Cheese 50 g
  • Romano Cheese 50 g
  • Asiago Cheese 50 g
  • Olive oil 50 ml
  • Salt 1/2 teaspoon
  • Pepper 1/2 teaspoon

Making The Filling

  1. To begin, you crushed ricotta cheese in a mixing dish. Then add three kinds of cheese (Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago) shredded with Cheddar cheese, two eggs, half a teaspoon salt, and pepper to the mixture and mix until smooth.
  2. Finally, you cover the bowl’s mouth with food wrap and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.

Make The Dough

  1. Beat the eggs evenly with 120ml water and 50ml olive oil. Season with salt
  2. Add the prepared flour in a gradual stream, mixing until smooth and all of the flour has been absorbed.

Shaping

  1. To start, sprinkle some flour on a surface of a pastry board, then take the dough (prepared in the previous step) and knead it back and forth until it is chewy (about 10 minutes).
  2. Next, roll the dough out to 0.3cm thickness using a dough rolling tool. After that, use a knife to cut the dough into small square pieces.
  3. Then, with the help of a spoon, take the modest amount of filling mixture (kept inside the refrigerator cooler) from the refrigerator and place it in the square dough’s center.
  4. Using your finger, dab a thin line of water on the rim of the dough, then fold it in half and press gently to cover the filling.
  5. You may use a fork or a serrated knife to gently press the edge to make it appear jagged.

Boiling

  1. Fill the pot with water and bring it to a boil at medium heat. Bring the Ravioli to a simmer until the dough rises, then drain in a sieve or colander.

Finished Ravioli

  1. After being boiled, ravioli has a golden color and seems smooth and beautiful. When you bite into the Ravioli, you’ll get a greasy, delicious taste of all the cheeses used.
  2. You can enjoy Ravioli with your favorite sauces, such as ketchup or cream sauce.

Easy Ravioli Sauce Recipe

This easy ravioli sauce is simple to prepare using frozen or refrigerated ravioli.

It has a thick and flavorful creamy sauce with a touch of tomato flavor, basic seasonings, and fresh or canned diced tomatoes.

 Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (or use garlic powder)
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon EACH: onion powder, dried basil, dried oregano, mustard powder
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups half and half, half cream, half milk
  • 10 oz. Rotel tomatoes with green chilies
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan shredded cheese
  • 20 oz. refrigerated ravioli
  • Parsley, to garnish
  • Red Pepper Flakes, to garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a large, high-walled skillet, melt the butter. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add the tomato paste, onion powder, basil, oregano, and mustard powder. Stir to combine.
  3. Add the chicken broth in small dashes, stirring constantly. Gradually add half and half to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  4. Combine the cream cheese and tomatoes (drained). Stir in the drained diced tomatoes.
  5. Cook the pasta according to package instructions, drain. Or use fresh ravioli.
  6. Reduce the heat to low. Gradually add the Parmesan cheese and stir until combined.
  7. Add the ravioli and gently stir until combined using a silicone spatula.
  8. Garnish with parsley and red pepper flakes and serve!

FAQs

What do you put on cheese ravioli?

Cheese ravioli is excellent served plain, but they also go well with various toppings, including pesto, marinara sauce, salsa, and even chili con carne. However, some people prefer their ravioli without any topping.

How do you make ravioli better?

Ravioli are already pretty good, but there are many ways to improve them. Try adding different cheeses, vegetables, meats, herbs, spices, sauces, and other ingredients to your ravioli dishes.

What is the best way to eat ravioli?

When eating ravioli, it is essential to remember that its texture should not be too hard. If the pasta is too dry, it may break apart during cooking.

You should always serve ravioli at room temperature. Cold ravioli can stick together if they sit on your plate for too long.

You should never reheat ravioli. Once they have been cooked, they lose their flavor and texture.

How do I know how much ravioli to buy?

To determine how much ravioli you need, divide the total amount of pasta you want to use by the number of servings you will be making. For example, if you plan to make 4 servings of ravioli, you would need 1 pound of pasta.

If you don’t know what ravioli to buy, choose a large size. This will ensure that everyone gets enough ravioli.

Where can I find ravioli?

Ravioli can be found in supermarkets, specialty stores, and online retailers. Look for packages of frozen ravioli.

Ravioli can also be found in Italian restaurants. You can order ravioli to go or ask your server to bring you several different types.

How do I freeze ravioli?

Freezing ravioli is easy! Just place the uncooked ravioli into freezer bags or containers. Make sure that you label each container with the type of ravioli, the date, and the name of the person who prepared them.

Once the ravioli are frozen, transfer them to airtight containers. Ravioli stored in plastic wrap tends to get soggy over time.

Can I substitute another kind of pasta for ravioli?

No. The only acceptable substitutions for ravioli are penne, rigatoni, fusilli, rotelle, farfalle, spaghetti, and linguine.