Ravioli is a classic Italian dish that has won hearts worldwide. These delightful pasta pockets filled with various ingredients are not only delicious but also a testament to the rich culinary traditions of Italy. Whether you're a seasoned home cook or a novice in the kitchen, making homemade ravioli can be a rewarding experience.

ravioli recipe

A Brief History of Ravioli

Ravioli has been a staple in Italian cuisine for centuries. Originating in the Italian region of Tuscany, these stuffed pasta parcels have evolved over time, with each region in Italy adding its unique touch. Traditionally, ravioli is served as a primo (first course) during a meal, often accompanied by simple yet flavorful sauces like butter and sage or tomato-based sauces.


To make delicious homemade ravioli, you'll need the following ingredients:

For the Pasta Dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Filling (Choose One):

Ricotta and Spinach Filling

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Meat Filling

  • 1 cup ground beef or pork, cooked and drained
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Sauce:

Butter and Sage Sauce

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 10-12 fresh sage leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Tomato Basil Sauce

  • 2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Here's what you'll need to make your ravioli:

  • Rolling pin or pasta machine
  • Mixing bowls
  • Fork or ravioli cutter
  • Large pot for boiling
  • Slotted spoon

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Prepare the Pasta Dough

  1. On a clean work surface, mound the flour and create a well in the center.
  2. Crack the eggs into the well, and add the olive oil and salt.
  3. Using a fork, gently whisk the eggs and gradually incorporate the flour from the edges.
  4. Once a dough starts to form, use your hands to knead it until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.

2. Make the Filling

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all the filling ingredients (choose either Ricotta and Spinach or Meat Filling).
  2. Mix well until everything is evenly combined. Set aside.

3. Roll Out the Dough

  1. Divide the rested dough into four equal parts.
  2. Using a rolling pin or pasta machine, roll out each piece into thin sheets (about 1/16 inch thick).
  3. Lay the sheets on a floured surface.

4. Assemble the Ravioli

  1. Place small mounds (about 1 teaspoon) of filling onto one pasta sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart.
  2. Brush the edges and spaces between the mounds with water.
  3. Lay another pasta sheet on top, pressing down around the mounds to seal.
  4. Use a fork or ravioli cutter to cut out individual ravioli, ensuring the edges are well-sealed.

5. Cook the Ravioli

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Carefully drop the ravioli into the boiling water.
  3. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until they float to the surface.
  4. Use a slotted spoon to remove them and place them on a plate.

Tips for Success

  • Dough Consistency: If your dough is too sticky, add flour gradually. If it's too dry, add a little water.
  • Sealing Techniques: Ensure the edges are sealed well to prevent the filling from leaking out during cooking.
  • Resting the Dough: Give the dough ample time to rest. This makes it easier to roll out and improves the texture.

Serving Suggestions

  • Butter and Sage Sauce: Melt the butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the sage leaves and cook until the butter turns golden brown. Drizzle over the cooked ravioli and season with salt and pepper.
  • Tomato Basil Sauce: Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the garlic, and cook until fragrant. Add the crushed tomatoes, basil leaves, salt, and pepper. Simmer for 10-15 minutes and spoon over the ravioli.


Creating homemade ravioli is both an art and a joy. Feel free to experiment with different fillings and sauces to find your favorite combinations. The key is to enjoy the process and savor the delicious results.

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