Ravioli is a filled pasta encasing a variety of fillings from meats to cheeses to vegetables. Early versions of the pasta can be traced as far back as the Roman Empire, although it wasn’t until the Middle Ages that the ravioli we know today was first developed. In Emilia-Romagna ravioli are typically filled with ricotta e spinaci (ricotta and spinach), whereas in the small region of Molise, ravioli scapolesi is filled with sausage and chard. In northern Italy pumpkin ravioli is a popular pasta dish served in winter, traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve.
Browse this collection of ravioli recipes for some fabulous filled pasta inspiration, Gaetano Trovato has created a simple home-made ravioli recipe which uses a classic ricotta and spinach filling in his Ravioli with sheep's milk ricotta dish; don’t worry if you don’t have a pasta machine as the pasta dough can also be made using a rolling pin. If you need any tips when making your home-made pasta recipe just follow our step-by-step guide. In Gaetano Trovato’s recipe for Mezzelune ravioli with artichokes, pecorino and thyme he forms his ravioli into semi-circular mezzelune (or half-moons). Lorenzo Cogo takes inspiration from the ingredients available in his garden for his Ravioli with garden trimmings and adds shavings of black truffle for a bit of added indulgence. If you are looking for the ultimate in ravioli luxury, look no further than Gaetano Trovato’s recipe for Ravioli with lobster, foie gras, potatoes and saffron. For a hearty pasta dish, Giorgio and Gian Pietro Damini have paired a meaty lamb broth with a creamy potato and ricotta ravioli filling in their Wild garlic and ricotta ravioli recipe.
Keen to experiment a little with your pasta skills? Aurora Mazzucchelli’s creative take on ravioli uses thinly sliced pieces of pineapple to encase a delicate ricotta filling in her Pineapple ravioli with ricotta and coffee caviar recipe.