Stuffed Pasta

Cannelloni, ravioli and tortellini are just a few of our favorite stuffed pastas—we love to stuff oversized pasta shells with ricotta and radicchio, homemade ravioli with cauliflower and crab, and cannelloni with roasted carrots and Parmesan. One of our favorite stuffed pastas is tortellini filled with toasted almonds and sweet ricotta—it's super subtle but still has incredible depth of flavor. Serve it with a sauce made from butter and truffle oil for a truly decadent meal. For a super classic stuffed pasta, you can't go wrong with shells stuffed with cheese and baked until they're bubbly. Three kinds of cheese, chopped spinach and spicy tomato sauce make this recipe our go-to. Find a recipe for every occasion in F&W's guide to stuffed shells.

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Smoked Mozzarella Mezzelune with Braised Onion Sauce
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Mezzelune (which means "half-moons" in Italian) is a crescent-shaped stuffed pasta similar to ravioli. They're a relatively simple shape to try that requires little equipment to make at home. Meryl Feinstein of Pasta Social Club fills hers with rosemary and smoked mozzarella. A little semolina flour will give the pasta dough more structure and bite, but feel free to omit it and use the same weight of "00" flour or all-purpose flour. If you can't find smoked mozzarella, another smoked cheese like gouda will work in a pinch. The accompanying thick, rich slow-cooked tomato-and-onion sauce is loosely inspired by a Bolognese classic called il friggione. You'll often find il friggione served with meat, as a side dish, and as an antipasto—but of course it works well with pasta, too.
Toasted St. Louis-Style Ravioli
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Pick your favorite store-bought refrigerated ravioli for this iconic Italian-American recipe, which transforms the stuffed pasta into a crunchy and super-satisfying appetizer. Breading the ravioli with panko and Parmesan helps them form a crispy shell when fried, and a gently garlicky marinara sauce is the perfect partner for dipping. To add an extra layer of flavor and texture, use the same oil to fry up rosemary and sage leaves, too.
Butternut Squash Tortelli
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Butternut squash, roasted until tender and golden brown, offers a sweet and earthy balance to the creamy butter sauce draping the pasta. Crushed amaretti cookies add a welcome almond flavor and a lightly crunchy texture to the creamy filling. This generous recipe is easily halved. For a shortcut, substitute wonton wrappers for the fresh pasta and reduce cook time as needed for al dente results.
Ricotta-Filled Handkerchief Pasta with Pesto and Marinara
Known in Italian as mandilli, this delicious dish, from Tim Cushman at Manhattan’s Covina, consists of sheets of pasta coated with pesto sauce, stuffed with ricotta and topped with tomato sauce. It’s great with a berry-rich Piedmont red, like the 2014 Piazzo Barbera, Cushman says. To save time, you can use store-bought pasta sheets.Slideshow: Ravioli Recipes
Spinach and Prosciutto Ravioli
As a stuffing for her supple ravioli, Missy Robbins, chef at Lilia in Brooklyn, mixes spinach and prosciutto with two cheeses. Her ravioli can be made a month ahead of time—freeze them in a single layer; when they are solid, they can be combined in a large resealable plastic bag. The bright acidity and bubbles of a Franciacorta like Ronco Calino Brut amplify the nutty brown butter notes in the pasta.
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Uovo in Raviolo with Hand-Grated-Tomato Sauce
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You can buy many kinds of stuffed and filled fresh pasta, but you won’t find these oversize ricotta-and-egg-filled ravioli, from chef Sarah Grueneberg of Chicago’s Monteverde, in a shop. That’s why they’re the ultimate filled pasta to make at home. Slideshow:  More Pasta Recipes 
Tortellini with Garlic Sage Butter Sauce
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Leaves of fresh sage sautéed in golden-brown butter form a classic Italian pasta sauce. Our version uses ground sage, and so you can make it any time of the year. We've added a generous amount of garlic, too. Slowly cooking it in the butter mellows its pungency, but you can also use fewer cloves if you prefer.Plus: More Pasta Recipes and Tips