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Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli

Prep

50-60 minutes

Cook

15-20 minutes

Yield

6-8

This spinach and ricotta ravioli recipe is going to impress your whole house! For this recipe, you’ll make your own homemade ravioli. Now don’t get scared, it’s actually easier than you would think. It will require some work, but I promise it’ll be so worth it because the end result will have your whole house talking.

Uncooked Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli on counter

Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli being made in ravioli maker

Why you’ll love this spinach and ricotta ravioli: 

  • Quick: Homemade pasta doesn’t need to take all day. This recipe can be made in under 1.5 hours
  • Impressive: How many people can say they made their own homemade ravioli for dinner?
  • Versatile: Once you make your own ravioli you won’t want to stop. You can make this recipe with any kind of stuffing you want!

Ingredient Notes: 

Ricotta: Ricotta is an Italian whey cheese made from the whey left over from the production of other cheeses. You’ll often find it in recipes like lasagna or used as a stuffing in pasta. 

Spinach: This filling is no joke. The spinach has vitamins and minerals like vitamin E and magnesium that help support a healthy immune system which is perfect for this time of year. I love how versatile spinach is. It’s truly so easy to add more of it into your diet by tossing it into recipes, blending it into your sauces, eating it in a salad, throwing it in a smoothie, and the list goes on.

Sauce: If you really want to get fancy here, don’t stop at homemade ravioli but make your own homemade sauce too. You can even make a batch up ahead of time and just take it out of your freezer so you have that full homemade meal. Here is a recipe for one of my fav, basic tomato sauces. 

How do you make spinach and ricotta ravioli?

1. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together flours and salt. Make a well in the middle of the bowl by pushing the flour towards the sides.

2. Pour lukewarm water and olive oil into the well. Mix with a wooden spoon until just combined.

3. Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes to make a soft and smooth dough. Add more water if the dough is too dry OR add more flour if the dough is too sticky.

4. Form the dough into a ball and cover in plastic wrap.

5. Chill in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes.

6. To make the filling, wilt the spinach in a large pan over medium-high heat, constantly mixing to prevent burning. Once completely wilted, transfer to a small bowl. Set aside.

7. In a large bowl, add ricotta, parmesan, egg, spices, and fresh oregano. 

8. Mix ingredients together until combined.

9. Drain off excess water from the spinach and add to the bowl. Fold into the cheese mixture with a spoon or spatula. 

10. After the pasta dough is refrigerated, cut the dough into quarters, and place one portion onto a lightly floured surface. 

Pasta dough being rolled out

11. Use a rolling pin or pasta maker to roll the dough out very thin, approximately 1/8-inch-thick- making it large enough to cover the area of the entire 12-piece ravioli press.

12. Dust the top of the rolled-out dough with more flour and your ravioli maker/press. 

Dough being placed on ravioli maker

13. Flip the dough over and place it onto the ravioli maker. 

Dough being pressed on ravioli maker

14. Gently press the plastic ravioli piece into the top of the dough, making small pouches.

Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli being stuffed

15. Scoop 2 tsp worth of spinach filling into each ravioli pouch.

Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli being stuffed

16. Using water, lightly brush all of the edges of the ravioli maker, around the filling.

17. Again, with a rolling pin or pasta maker, roll out another piece of dough very thin, approximately 1/8-inch-thick- making it large enough to cover the area of the entire ravioli press.

Dough being laid ontop of ravioli maker for Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli

18. Transfer the pasta sheet to cover the ravioli maker, removing air pockets.

Dough being rolled ontop of ravioli maker

Access dough being removed from ravioli maker

19. Seal all edges by running a rolling pin over the top. Roll across the dough in all directions until the frame is visible through the pasta. Remove any access dough hanging over the edges. 

Flipping ravioli maker

Raw raviolis on countertop

20. On a lightly floured surface, flip the ravioli maker upside down and gently tap the edges on the surface to release the ravioli. 

21. Transfer all of the ravioli to a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. 

22. Allow drying for 30 minutes, prior to cooking. Repeat steps until all of the filling are used.

23. To cook, boil a large pot with salted water. 

24. Add the ravioli and cook until floating + tender. This will be approximately 3 – 4 minutes. Cook until desired doneness-break open one or two pieces to make sure.  Repeat until the desired amount of ravioli is cooked.

25. Transfer boiled ravioli to a large pan with a couple of tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Cook the ravioli until golden.

Homemade Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with red sauce

26. Serve immediately with marinara sauce and fresh oregano.

Expert Tips & FAQ: 

What equipment do I need? 12-piece ravioli maker, and a pasta roller or rolling pin. 

How do I make this vegan? Make ravioli vegan by omitting the egg, using plant-based butter and cheeses.

Can I freeze these? Yep! You can freeze your fresh ravioli, lightly flouring a baking tray, freezing until solid, and then storing in an airtight container for up to 6 months.  

Storage: Store cooked ravioli in an airtight container for 3-5 days or in the freezer for 1 month

What other stuffing can I do? You can do meat and cheese, mushrooms, sweet potato and/or squash, or seriously anything. Have fun with it!

Homemade Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with red sauce

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Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli

  • Author: Maria Koutsogiannis
  • Prep Time: 50-60 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 1x
  • Category: Vegetarian, Vegan Meals
  • Cuisine: Italian Inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This homemade spinach and ricotta ravioli recipe is the perfect way to WOW your household at dinner. These pillows of yumminess are so good with your favorite pasta sauce.


Ingredients

Scale

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ cups semolina flour or cornmeal

1 tsp salt

1 ½ cups water

4 tbsp olive oil

11oz spinach

1 cup ricotta cheese

1 heaping cup parmesan cheese

1 egg

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cracked pepper

1 tsp garlic powder

½ tsp onion powder

1 tsp whole nutmeg (grated)

1 tbsp fresh oregano (chopped)

butter

homemade or store-bought marinara sauce

fresh oregano (chopped)


Instructions

In a medium-sized bowl, stir together flours and salt. Make a well in the middle of the bowl by pushing the flour towards the sides.

Pour lukewarm water and olive oil into the well. Mix with a wooden spoon until just combined.

Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes to make a soft and smooth dough. Add more water if the dough is too dry OR add more flour if the dough is too sticky.

Form the dough into a ball and cover in plastic wrap.

Chill in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes.

To make the filling, wilt the spinach in a large pan over medium-high heat, constantly mixing to prevent burning. Once completely wilted, transfer to a small bowl. Set aside.

In a large bowl, add ricotta, parmesan, egg, spices, and fresh oregano. 

Mix ingredients together until combined.

Drain off excess water from the spinach and add to the bowl. Fold into the cheese mixture with a spoon or spatula. 

After the pasta dough is refrigerated, cut the dough in quarters, and place one portion onto a lightly floured surface. 

Use a rolling pin or pasta maker to roll the dough out very thin, approximately 1/8-inch-thick- making it large enough to cover the area of the entire 12-piece ravioli press.

Dust the top of the rolled-out dough with more flour and your ravioli maker/press. 

Flip the dough over and place it onto the ravioli maker. 

Gently press the plastic ravioli piece into the top of the dough, making small pouches.

Scoop 2 tsp worth of filling into each ravioli pouch.

Using water, lightly brush all of the edges of the ravioli maker, around the filling.

Again, with a rolling pin or pasta maker, roll out another piece of dough very thin, approximately 1/8-inch-thick- making it large enough to cover the area of the entire ravioli press.

Transfer the pasta sheet to cover the ravioli maker, removing air pockets.

Seal all edges by running a rolling pin over the top. Roll across the dough in all directions until the frame is visible through the pasta. 

On a lightly floured surface, flip the ravioli maker upside down and gently tap the edges on the surface to release the ravioli. 

Transfer all of the ravioli to a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. 

Allow drying for 30 minutes, prior to cooking. Repeat steps until all of the filling are used.

To cook, boil a large pot with salted water. 

Add the ravioli and cook until floating + tender. This will be approximately 3 – 4 minutes. Cook until desired doneness-break open one or two pieces to make sure.  Repeat until the desired amount of ravioli is cooked.

Transfer boiled ravioli to a large pan with a couple of tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Cook the ravioli until golden.

Serve immediately with marinara sauce and fresh oregano.


Notes

Add any of your favorite herbs or spices into the flour mixture for extra flavor!

Make ravioli vegan by omitting the egg, using plant-based butter and cheeses.

Use any filling you desire for your ravioli! Have fun with it!

If you do not have a 12-piece ravioli maker, use a pizza cutter or knife to cut out 1 – 1 ½ inch squares. Place 2 tsp of filling on top, brush with water, place the second piece of dough, and pinch the edges to seal.

You can also freeze your fresh ravioli, lightly flouring a baking tray, freezing until solid, and then storing in an airtight container for up to 6 months.  

Store cooked ravioli in an airtight container for 3-5 days or in the freezer for 1 month


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 8
  • Calories: 462
  • Sugar: 0.5g
  • Sodium: 529.6mg
  • Fat: 15.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.7g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 62.3g
  • Fiber: 3.7g
  • Protein: 18.1g
  • Cholesterol: 46.3mg

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