11 homemade ravioli recipes that are well worth the effort


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We're not going to lie. Homemade ravioli is not something you want to make when you're short on time or really hungry. But if you have a couple of hours to spare on a day off or a weekend, then we promise you it's well worth the effort. Here are 11 of our favorite recipes to help get you started, or at least inspired. Don't worry if you don't have a ravioli-making gadget. Some of the recipes featured in this roundup were made entirely by hand.  


1. Fresh Corn Ravioli with Herb Cream Sauce

Love & Olive Oil 

Love & Olive Oil put a new ravioli maker to good use, and made these delightful fresh corn ravioli in an herb cream sauce. To keep things a bit lighter — considering this is a pasta dish and all — you can substitute the heavy cream with plain Greek yogurt. This particular recipe makes about 36 ravioli, so you're looking at four to five servings at least. Be sure to check out the tip on how to freeze them properly!


2. Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter

Camille Styles 

It's no secret that we love, love, lo-hoooove butternut squash, so of course this recipe from Camille Styles got our immediate and undivided attention. If sage and butter were made for each other, then surely it was so its flavor could complement the deliciousness that is butternut squash.


3. Mushroom Ravioli with Garlic Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Vegan Yumminess 

Seriously, these ravioli are so delicious you won't even realize they are vegan. Vegan Yumminess offers a step-by-step guide to not only making the filling and assembling the ravioli but also to preparing the mouthwatering cream sauce. Best part? No heavy cream.


4. Ricotta and Egg Ravioli

Average Betty 

We were intrigued by these gorgeous-looking ravioli. Average Betty made them to mark the 87th Academy Awards, but you can make some red carpet-worthy ravioli whenever your heart desires. The ricotta pillow cradles a delicate egg yolk and is encased in an egg roll wrapper. Nice!


5. Toasted Ravioli Stuffed with Cultured Cashew Cheese

Olives for Dinner 

Olives for Dinner creates a ravioli dish that is as beautiful as it is ridiculously flavorful. They had as at cultured cashew cheese.


6. Brown Butter Lobster Ravioli with Tomato Cream Sauce

Half-Baked Harvest 

Half-Baked Harvest prepares ravioli stuffed with brown butter, lobster and ricotta cheese and asks what more there is to say. Hmm, "pass us a fork" and "can we have some more?" come immediately to mind.


7. Potato Gnocchi Ravioli

Smarty Had a Party 

Our friends at Smarty Had a Party prepared these divine potato gnocchi ravioli. The dish pairs nicely with a bottle of Ribolla Gialla.


8. Sweet Potato Ravioli with Pecans and Herb Brown Butter Sauce

A Cozy Kitchen 

A Cozy Kitchen whipped up these sweet potato ravioli without eggs and without a ravioli-making gadget of any kind. That's right! A rolling pin and a glass are all you need. How could we not be smitten with a yummy recipe and an ingenious approach?


9. Roasted Mushroom Ravioli with Thyme & Garlic Scapes

Reclaiming Provencial 

Reclaiming Provincial offers a different take on mushroom ravioli with this recipe. It makes the best use of your thyme by putting it in this outrageously scrumptious ravioli. That's thyme well spent, if you ask us. (We're so not sorry.)


10. Sage Butter and Spinach Ravioli

La Tartine Gourmande 

La Tartine Gourmande had never made homemade ravioli, and decided to start with this simple and delightful spinach ravioli recipe slathered in — what else? — sage butter. One of us, one of us, one of us…


11. Beet Pasta Ravioli with Goat Cheese, Hazelnuts, Chives

The Italian Dish 

Pink ravioli? Yes, thanks to beets! The Italian Dish adds beets to flour and eggs for a gorgeous dough that pairs beautifully with the goat cheese, hazelnut and chives filling. Don't wait until next Valentine's Day to make a batch of these babies.