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The history of ravioli dates all the way back to Ancient Rome. This specific type of filled pasta is extremely versatile, making it easy to incorporate into a number of main entrees and appetizers. You can lean into the many uses of ravioli by making a special meal to celebrate National Ravioli Day on March 20. Here are 12 recipes to get you started as you create your lineup.
These crispy baked parmesan ravioli are the perfect appetizer to start celebrating National Ravioli Day. The crispy bites are brimming with ooey and gooey cheese to deliver the perfect bite. Refrigerated ravioli are dipped in egg and then rolled in breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese before being put in the oven to bake up nice and crispy. You can use any flavor of ravioli that you would like. Sprinkle the finished product with fresh basil and serve with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.
It does not get any tastier than these peach toasted ravioli pops. Simply thread crispy ravioli on a cocktail appetizer stick with peach slices and drizzle the pops with a honey made with brown butter and thyme. If you cannot find fresh peaches this time of the year, substitute pears or sweet figs with the same dressing. This interesting flavor combination will liven up your array of ravioli recipes while also adding a burst of color to the table.
This creamy Tuscan ravioli soup will warm you up and make you want to get cozy. The soup uses a creamy tomato mixture as its base while the half and half makes it feel super indulgent. Fresh cheese ravioli and ground Italian sausage provide the bulk of the soup while basil and oregano add the spice to this bowl of comfort. The recipe freezes well, making it a good choice to double and save a portion for another meal. Serve the soup with a loaf of Italian bread to use to sop up all of the broth from the bottom of the bowl.
Want something a little lighter for your celebration of National Ravioli Day? This ravioli salad makes a great choice for a variety of occasions. In addition to cheese ravioli, the recipe calls for black olives, artichoke hearts, banana pepper rings, provolone cheese, pepperoni, and Italian salad dressing. All of the flavors and texture come together in a zesty salad that is served cold. You will appreciate having leftovers of this salad to eat for lunch the next day.
For another spin on using ravioli in a salad, try this Greek ravioli salad. Like many salad variations, this recipe calls for prepared refrigerated ravioli. The other ingredients include cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, crumbled feta cheese, kalamata olives, red onions, and parsley. All of this is tossed with a homemade Greek dressing that uses red wine vinegar and olive oil as the base. This recipe is a healthier way to enjoy ravioli while also getting in some veggies.
A variety of fresh vegetables, cheese ravioli, and bottled pesto come together to form this asparagus ravioli pasta salad. The ravioli is tossed with asparagus, zucchini, and Roma tomatoes. While you can certainly use your own favorite homemade pesto dressing, you can also cheat and toss your salad with a bottled pesto. The recipe comes together in about 15 minutes. Feel free to eat this ravioli pasta salad hot or cold. It tastes great either way!
This million dollar ravioli casserole certainly lives up to its name. The hearty dish contains frozen cheese ravioli, Italian sausage, sour cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella cheese, and parmesan cheese. Make the recipe lighter by swapping out the sausage for ground turkey or chicken. This recipe is a great make-ahead dish in case you need a quick dinner to pull out of the fridge and pop in the oven. Pair the casserole with a salad and a loaf of garlic bread.
While most people associate ravioli with red sauce, this ravioli Alfredo casserole is delicious in its own right. The recipe only calls for five ingredients: fresh or frozen ravioli, jarred Alfredo sauce, roasted garlic, mozzarella, and parmesan cheese. Of course, you can always choose to make your own homemade Alfredo sauce or ravioli if you are feeling especially ambitious. The ingredients bake up together in a casserole dish or a cast iron skillet, leaving you with a creamy and hearty meal. This makes a great entrée idea for vegetarians.
This homemade chicken ravioli is worth the time and effort. The homemade ravioli is stuffed with a mixture of ground chicken, garlic, carrots, celery, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, egg, and various spices. You can serve this ravioli with either a red or white sauce. Or serve them with just olive oil and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese. The possibilities are endless using these ravioli as your base. Do not let the process of making homemade ravioli intimidate you. These are easy to master once you get a few under your belt.
Kick it up a notch with these chicken and pancetta ravioli. You can use your favorite pasta recipe to make the ravioli and follow these directions to prepare the unique chicken and pancetta filling. In addition to the chicken and pancetta, the filling includes white wine, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic, and rosemary. This ravioli pairs wonderfully with a glass of white wine.
You can even incorporate breakfast or brunch into your National Ravioli Day menu with this spinach and cheese ravioli egg bake. This scrumptious egg casserole also includes spinach and cheese ravioli to add a unique twist on a breakfast classic. The grape tomatoes infuse the dish with color while the crunchy panko topping adds another layer of texture. The recipe also calls for fresh vegetables and a red pepper jelly to complement the dish. When served as directed, this breakfast dish is full of heart-healthy antioxidants as well as a solid dose of protein to keep you going throughout the day.
How about enjoying ravioli as the dessert course? This chocolate ravioli is a decadent treat that everyone will love. A ravioli cutter or pasta wheel is used to cut out the dough that is made with flour, cocoa, and eggs. The filling is made with a mix of ricotta and mascarpone cheeses, egg, sugar, and vanilla extract. A variety of sauces work well with this ravioli with fruit purees being especially delicious. It is a good idea to prepare the ravioli a day prior to serving so that you can flash freeze them before boiling.
These dozen recipes provide you with plenty of options when creating a buffet of dishes to celebrate National Ravioli Day.
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