Ravioli is a popular Italian dish consisting of small pasta parcels containing a delicious filling. Traditionally, ravioli are filled with a combination of ricotta, meat, cheese and vegetables, but there are endless possibilities as to what you can make ravioli filling out of!

To demonstrate this, we’ve put together this article outlining some of our favourite ravioli fillings for you to try your hand at making. You can come on down to one of our authentic restaurants in Milton Keynes to sample our delicious truffle and mushroom ravioli, which is made from scratch with fresh ingredients each day or alternatively order our delicious pasta dishes from the comfort of your own home with our takeaway in Milton Keynes!

Delicious Ravioli Fillings You Need To Try

These tasty ravioli fillings are simple to make and sure to please a crowd, whether you decide to make them for your family or guests at a dinner party. So our experts at our Italian restaurant in Milton Keynes have compiled ten easy homemade ravioli fillings recipes, including recipes that are suitable for those who are vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.

If you’re a lover of Italian food, from pizza to pasta and more, why not pay us a visit at one of our restaurants in Milton Keynes? Our menu is full of delicious Italian dishes that can be tailored to accommodate all dietary requirements. Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you’d like to book a table or have any questions!

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    Meat Ravioli Filling Ideas

    Get ready to tantalise your tastebuds with these mouthwatering meat ravioli fillings. Whether you’re a fan of rich, savoury flavours and the comforting goodness of meat, you’re in for a treat. These recipes are all about taking classic ravioli to a whole new level, infusing each bite with a burst of delectable tastes and textures.

    1. Chicken Ravioli Filling

    This one is for the chicken-lovers! Hearty, herby and delicious, making this chicken ravioli filling is an excellent way to put leftover chicken meat from Sunday’s roast to good use. You can make it by chopping up your cooked chicken and combining it with mashed potato, freshly chopped chives, parmesan cheese, and oyster sauce before dividing the filling between your ravioli parcels. This dish is delicious when served with homemade chive butter and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese – enjoy!

    2. Sausage Ravioli Filling

    Versatile and enjoyable this tasty sausage ravioli filling is bound to leave you wanting more! Prepare to be swept away by the delectable flavours that are guaranteed to awaken your taste buds and leave you longing for another delightful bite. Imagine the tender embrace of sausage meat, complemented by the earthy notes of spinach leaves and the creamy richness of ricotta and mozzarella, along with the sweet and tangy richness of the fresh tomato sauce.

    You even have the power to tailor this experience according to your preferences. Opt for the sweet allure of sausage meat that adds a touch of indulgence, or embark on a fiery journey by choosing the spicy, tangy chorizo sausage meat that promises an extra kick of excitement. Whether you buy it store-bought or create it from scratch if you have more time, this recipe caters to your busy schedule and culinary ambitions!

    3. Beef Ravioli Filling

    Picture this tender, succulent beef or veal enriched with the aromatic flavours of mortadella, all infused with the nutty senses of parmesan, luxuriously melting away in your mouth. Our recipe for this beef ravioli filling is destined to linger in your dreams for weeks to come, a tantalising memory that beckons you to indulge once more. And the best part? Creating this culinary delight is as effortless as it is tasty.

    Just cook sauté some chopped onion, garlic and beef in a pan until the meat turns beautifully brown and then combine it with the staple parmesan and mortadella in a blender. Add this to your stretchy, soft dough and cook it as usual! Add the ravioli to a sauce of your choice, we love a traditional tomato sauce, and there you have it, a warm, delectable meal for all to enjoy!

    Seafood Ravioli Filling Ideas

    Get ready to treat your taste buds to some seriously delicious seafood ravioli filling ideas. These recipes are not only simple to make but also packed with flavours that will totally wow your guests and leave everyone craving for more. So, if you’re on the hunt for some mouthwatering seafood ravioli inspiration, look no further!

    4. Prawn Ravioli

    If you’re a fan of seafood, you’ve got to try this prawn ravioli-filling recipe! It’s simple to make and packed with flavour, thanks to the many fresh and fragrant ingredients it calls for. All you’ll need to do is combine prawns with tomato puree, olive oil, lemon juice, egg, chopped onion and garlic, and several delicious herbs and seasonings before thoroughly mixing all of your ingredients together. Next, the filling is divided and wrapped in thin sheets of pasta dough, which are shaped into parcels.

    5. Crab Ravioli Filling Ideas

    For this delicious crab ravioli recipe, all you will need is a whole crab and some black pepper – the meat will be naturally salty, so there is no need to add any extra salt. Simply boil the crab before removing both the white and dark meat. If you’re at all unsure of the best way to do this, head over to Great British Chefs for a guide to the best method and tools to use. Mix the meat together with a dash of ground black pepper, and your filling will be ready.

    Cheese Ravioli Filling Ideas

    Dive into a world of cheesy decadence with our enticing array of cheese ravioli fillings. Whether you’re a cheese connoisseur or simply someone who thrives in comfort food, get ready to embark on a journey of flavour and texture that’s bound to leave you craving more.

    6. Ricotta Ravioli Filling

    This deliciously creamy cheese ravioli filling uses fresh ricotta cheese, which you can either buy from a supermarket or have a go at making yourself! If you do want to try your hand at whipping up your very own fresh ricotta, check out this simple recipe on She Loves Biscotti. To make your ravioli filling, you will combine your ricotta with a grated hard Italian cheese, seasoning, and plenty of freshly chopped parsley and basil. The result is creamy, fragrant, earthy and truly delicious.

    7. Goats Cheese Ravioli Filling

    Crafted with care and expertise, this filling is a harmonious blend of the creaminess of goat cheese with the aromatic essence of fresh basil, the tangy allure of sun-dried tomatoes, and the nutty richness of pine nuts. To heighten this experience, imagine all these intricate flavours nestled in a roasted tomato and pepper sauce – a combination that takes the senses on a journey of taste and texture. Our goat cheese ravioli filling offers a tantalising gourmet experience that will captivate your senses. Unleash your inner chef and embark on a journey that promises the perfect blend of flavours and a touch of sophistication. Your gourmet experience awaits, ready to be savoured and shared with those who appreciate the art of tasty food.

    8. Burrata Filled Ravioli

    Unforgettable and zingy, this recipe for a burrata filling is absolutely mouthwatering. This recipe features a burrata filling that is nothing short of mouthwatering. Picture the luxurious creaminess of burrata cheese seamlessly intertwining with the flavours of savoury and slightly sweet tomato sauce, resulting in a compelling fusion of tastes and textures. As you dig into this delightful fusion of flavours and textures, get ready to be taken on a flavour adventure like no other, the ingredients create a combo that’s simply out of this world. Get ready to have your taste buds do a happy dance!

    9. 3 Cheese Ravioli Filling

    Get ready for a cheese-lovers dream come true! Our recipe combines parmesan, cream cheese, and goat cheese to create a medley of distinct cheesy and creamy flavours. Making it is not just easy—it’s downright fun! When combined with a warm mixture of spinach and garlic, this cheesy filling is guaranteed to leave you craving its deliciousness long after the last bite.

    Imagine the sharpness of parmesan, the lusciousness of cream cheese, and the unique tang of goat cheese melding into a balanced symphony of cheesy goodness. This fusion is as simple to make as it is satisfying to enjoy. But wait, there’s more! We’ve taken things up a notch by pairing this blend with a mixture of sautéed spinach, garlic and onions that adds a pop of colour and an aromatic punch.

    The creamy cheeses, the earthiness of the spinach, and the warmth of the garlic come together to create a combination that’s hard to resist. So, get ready to create your own cheesy masterpiece—one that’s delightful to eat and a pleasure to make. This dish is sure to linger in your dreams for days to come.

    Vegetarian Ravioli Filling Ideas

    Introducing you to a world of vegetarian delight with our captivating assortment of ravioli fillings. Our vegetarian ravioli fillings are an indication of the endless possibilities of plant-based ingredients, offering a creative playground for your taste buds. From the robust earthiness of roasted vegetables to the delicate elegance of creamy cheeses, each filling presents a unique narrative that speaks to the versatility of vegetarian cuisine.

    10. Spinach & Cheese Filled Ravioli

    This vegetarian ravioli filling recipe combining blanched spinach, dried herbs, grated cheese and chilli flakes is sure to satisfy. Fragrant and tasty with a little kick from the chilli, it can be used to create the perfect ravioli parcels to serve in a creamy tomato sauce with grated cheese and fresh basil to garnish. This dish is ideal for serving at a dinner party with guests: it’s delicious, filling, and will enable you to show off your culinary skills with minimal effort!

    11. Egg Yolk Filled Ravioli

    This innovative and impressive recipe not only captivates with its innovation but also satisfies its irresistible flavours. The beauty of this creation lies in its simplicity; although it looks challenging and intricate, it is actually as easy to make as it is to eat. Encased within delicate sheets of pasta is a perfectly nestled egg yolk, which with one satisfying cut, can release its smooth and tasty flavours, mingling amongst the velvety cheese. You can use whichever cheese picks your fancy, but we absolutely love the robust, sharp flavours of pecorino cheese that has a remarkable ability to elevate and accentuate the surrounding tastes without overpowering them. This recipe by FOOD52 is an absolute delight to try, why not have a go?

    12. Courgette Ravioli Filling

    Filled with delicate shreds of courgette and velvety ricotta cheese, tossed in an irresistible basil-garlic sauce and then enriched with a touch of heavy cream for a luxurious dining experience you can serve your guests whenever you please.

    Add the courgette to a medium heated pan with some olive oil and cook until just tender allure; add the garlic and cook for an extra minute to allow its flavours to integrate into the mixture. Transfer to a bowl and let cool completely, stir in your ricotta and a shred of lemon zest for a sweet sophistication, and season with salt and pepper. Add this filling inside the pasta sheets and form your ravioli shapes. Create a basil and garlic mixture by blending the two ingredients with some olive oil, then warm the cream to a large pan on medium heat and stir in the mix! Toss the boiled ravioli through the mixture, and there you have it.

    As you enjoy every mouthful, take in the wonderful blend of flavours, textures, and aromas coming together to craft a culinary masterpiece. For a full step-by-step recipe, take a look at this example by Williams Sonoma.

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    13. Mushroom Ravioli Filling

    Gorgeously nutty and creamy, this mushroom and ricotta filling for ravioli is not too heavy or overpowering and instead offers its subtle powers to deliver a silky, irresistible taste. Begin by sautéing some onions, garlic and mushrooms until they have reduced in size and softened; let the mixture cool down and then add it to a blender with ricotta and parmesan and blitz it until it is smooth like a paste, a harmony of flavours and textures that are a true delight for the senses. From here, fill your pasta and cook the ravioli for about 4 minutes to bring this masterpiece to life. Choose from many different mushroom ravioli sauces – a world of possibilities awaits, from buttery sage to rich tomato-based options; then enjoy!

    Vegan Ravioli Filling Ideas

    Discover the extraordinary in the ordinary with our exquisite selection of vegan ravioli recipes that defy tradition without compromising on taste. While traditional ravioli might seem inseparable from meat and dairy, our innovative creations redefine what’s possible in the world of traditional ravioli; you can even create vegan pasta sheets! Our top vegan recipes combine exactly what you’re looking for -meatless, eggless and dairy-free- while not forgetting about a burst of flavours that explode in your stomach and leave your brain chasing for more!

    14. Spinach & Tofu Filled Ravioli

    Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, egg-free, lactose-free, or are simply trying your hand at plant-based cooking, this delicious vegan ravioli filling will not disappoint! Made with spinach, tofu, seasoning and vegan mozzarella, the filling is packed into ravioli parcels, which are cooked and topped with a mouthwatering garlic butter sage sauce. This dish is perfect for the whole family: it’s delicious, nutritious, and kid-friendly!

    15. Dairy Free Ravioli Filling

    Explore a diverse world of dairy-free ravioli recipes that cater to your culinary desires, whether you want to find inventive alternatives to traditional ricotta cheese or are wanting to craft your own vegan ricotta there is something out there for you.

    Our experts at our restaurant in Newport Pagnell have found various different recipes such as this decadent pumpkin-infused ravioli bathed in a luscious white wine butter sage sauce, or crispy pesto stuffed ravioli pesto stuffed ravioli that you can use a vegan pesto for – a balance of textures and tastes that satisfy your stomach.

    16. Butternut Squash Filling For Ravioli

    Indulge in the comfort of a cosy autumn meal with our exquisite butternut squash ravioli. It marries the tangy sweetness of the roasted butternut squash with the aromatic essence of sage, complemented by the delightful crunch of walnuts and the zing of tangy apple cider vinegar. After roasting the garlic, sage, shallots, and squash to perfection, combine all the ingredients and fill your ravioli pasta with this delicious mixture. The beauty of this dish lies not only in its savoury blend but also in the fact that the flavours are so compelling and rich that you won’t even need a sauce; however, should you desire one, then we recommend a creamy bechamel sauce as an excellent complement. Love&Lemons have a fantastic example of this recipe, have a go!

    How To Make Ravioli Pasta

    Making ravioli pasta can be a rewarding experience, especially when you take that first bite of the food heaven you have created; our chefs at our Italian restaurant in Milton Keynes understand the feeling! That is why we wish to allow every person out there to experience this feeling, so we have compiled our complete recipe to create our signature ravioli pasta.

    What You Will Need:

    • About 400g of plain flour
    • 3 eggs
    • Pinch of salt

    The Recipe:

    Prepare The Dough:
    Create a mound with the flour on a clean surface or in a mixing bowl. Make a well in the centre, crack the eggs into the well, and add a pinch of salt. Using a fork or your hands, gradually incorporate the flour into the eggs until a dough forms.

    Knead The Dough:
    Begin kneading the dough by folding it over itself and pressing it down with the heel of your hand. Turn the dough a quarter turn and repeat for about 8-10 minutes or until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.

    Rest the Dough:
    Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. This allows the gluten to relax, making the dough easier to roll out.

    Rolling Out the Dough:
    Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface. Roll it thin, but not too thin that it tears easily.

    Delicious Ravioli:
    From here, you can fill your ravioli with whatever you like, choose from our list of the best ravioli fillings, cook the ravioli and eat until your heart’s content!

    If your kitchen adventures aren’t your strong suit and you’d rather indulge in some expertly crafted, mouthwatering ravioli, we invite you to join us at our restaurant in Newport Pagnell. Let our skilled chefs take care of crafting delectable ravioli dishes that will tantalize your taste buds and provide you with a memorable dining experience.

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    How To Thicken Ravioli Filling

    When it comes to making ravioli, there’s nothing more frustrating than a filling that’s too runny! Thankfully, there are several things that you can do to thicken up your ravioli filling to avoid difficult-to-fill and leaky parcels:

    • Stick it in the fridge – put your ravioli filling in a bowl and cover it with a plate. After a couple of hours, your filling will firm up and make for a far easier time when filling your pasta.
    • Use a cheesecloth – place your filling in the centre of a cheesecloth or clean dishtowel before gathering the edges and twisting them together to create a small bundle. Place the bundle in a colander in the sink and put something heavy on top of it. This will strain out excess liquid and leave you with a nice, thick filling!
    • Add breadcrumbs – by adding breadcrumbs to your filling, you will make it thicker since the crumbs will soak up excess moisture. This is also a good way to bulk out your batch of ravioli filling a little, should you discover that you have not quite made enough!


    How To Fill Ravioli

    These delicious ravioli filling recipes are all well and good, but how do you fill ravioli? There are actually several ways in which you can do this, which you can check out below:

    • Use a ravioli cutter – a ravioli cutter can be used to divide your rolled-out pasta dough into squares or circles, which you can dollop filling onto before sandwiching together or folding over to make the perfect parcels.
    • Use a ravioli mould ravioli mould trays could not be simpler to use: you simply lay a sheet of pasta dough over them, pop your filling into each well, and place another pasta sheet over the top. You will then roll over the tray with a rolling pin, and voila!
    • Make tortellini – while not technically ravioli, tortellini can be made using the same pasta dough and filling and are perfect for those looking for a little challenge! You can find out how to fill tortellini over on Pasta Evangelists.

    Making Ravioli

    Can You Freeze Ravioli Filling?

    Absolutely! You can freeze ravioli filling in its own in a heavy-duty Ziploc bag, an airtight, freezer-safe Tupperware, or as part of fully constructed ravioli pieces, so long as they aren’t cooked. Simply thaw your ravioli filling in the fridge overnight when you want to use it again! It should be noted that fillings containing watery vegetables such as spinach won’t freeze as well as others.

    Leftover ravioli filling is nothing to stress about – better too much than too little, right? If you don’t want to freeze your leftover ravioli filling, you can put your leftover filling to good use, so don’t worry about creating food waste! Here are a few extra things you can do with leftover ravioli filling:

    • Use it as a pasta sauce – naturally, your ravioli filling will pair perfectly with pasta, no matter the shape! Try serving it on top of spaghetti or linguine, or even using it to stuff pasta shells.
    • Use it as a dip – why not enjoy your leftover ravioli filling as a thick dip for your favourite kind of bread, crisps, or fries? This way, you can fully appreciate the flavours of your concoction whilst making an easy lunch option for yourself!

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    Simple Ravioli Filling Recipes

    Ravioli is a truly delicious dish that can and should be enjoyed by all, regardless of age or dietary requirements. We hope that our ravioli filling ideas have provided you with plenty of inspiration for your next culinary concoction! For even more food inspiration, take a look at our previous article. However, if you’d rather leave the ravioli-making to the professionals, why not pay us a visit at Murati’s? Our restaurants in Milton Keynes offer a tastebud-tantalising array of menu options that you simply must try! Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions or would like to book a table. We hope to see you soon!

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