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, 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.
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
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.Slideshow: How to Make Raviolo
At Chicago's Monteverde, there's never a question about how fresh the pasta is: At the pastificio right in the dining room, chef Sarah Grueneberg and her "pasta ladies" roll and cut dough and pipe out filling for the daily specials. One dish that we can't get enough of is uovo in raviolo, a giant pasta round stuffed with fresh ricotta, feta and a runny egg yolk. Instead of the traditional brown butter, Grueneberg opts for a light tomato sauce with a pinch of chile flakes. She was inspired by one of her favorite Italian dishes, uova in purgatorio (eggs in purgatory). From there, she says, she "just connected the dots." Here's how to #putanegginit at home.—Tina Ujlaki