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Try this Toasted Ravioli Recipe inspired by a trip to St. Louis. Tender pasta wrapped around a filling of beef, pork, herbs, and cheese, then fried to a crispy crumb. So good! Click to Tweet

As you may know already, I enjoy making Italian food. Homemade Toasted Ravioli is a new recipe I made after tasting my first in St. Louis, Missouri at Anthoninos Taverna. Tender pasta wrapped around a filling of beef, pork, herbs, and cheese, then fried to a crispy crumb. So good! 

Homemade Toasted Ravioli with Marinara Sauce(Post modified with new photos on 4/11/23.)

If you’re not already aware, St. Louis is where Toasted Ravioli originated. It was created and made popular by two different restaurants. Mama Campisi’s (now called Mama’s on the Hill) and Charlie Gitto’s.

St. Ambrosia Both restaurants are located in an Italian section of St. Louis called “The Hill”.  Oh, and by the way, the ravioli is not toasted. It’s deep fried. and oh, so yummy!

 

The Hill in St. Louis

Our daughters and niece, Bailey on the HillBailey, my niece who lives in St. Louis, offered us a tour of The Hill while we were there. We visited St. Ambrose Church, a soap factory, and a few of the markets including Volpi Foods, a store that had the most amazing collection of cured meats.

I have to admit, I went a little crazy at DiGregorio’s, an Italian market that had a wonderful inventory of Italian foods, wines, and so much more! It was wonderful. In fact, that’s where I purchased my little ravioli stamps that I use in this recipe! There were many shops that we didn’t have time to browse, but I intend to see more on our next visit!

Serve Fried Ravioli with Fresh Parmesan and Favorite Marinara SauceAnyway, it was a very fun day for me. This toasted ravioli recipe is absolutely delicious and brings back all of those lovely memories for me. Make some for your family, and if you ever have the opportunity, I encourage you to visit shops on The Hill!

 

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Ingredients for Homemade Toasted Ravioli

(See the full recipe at the bottom of this post.)

Pasta Dough

  • 00 flour – This flour can be hard to find at times. I’ve found it on Amazon and at King Arthur Baking Co. King Arthur Flours.
  • Duram or Semolina Flour
  • kosher salt
  • large eggs
  • extra-virgin olive oil

Ravioli Filling

  • ground beef
  • Italian sausages
  • provolone cheese
  • mozzarella cheese
  • large egg
  • garlic
  • parsley
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • freshly ground nutmeg

Coating

  • large eggs
  • heavy cream
  • Italian-style breadcrumbs
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Peanut oil for frying

 

Instructions for this Recipe

Ingredients for this RecipeGather the ingredients for each section of this recipe so that you have everything close at hand when it’s time to complete each step.

Using a Box Grater, shred the provolone and mozzarella cheese. Mince the garlic.

 

Make the Pasta

Mix Eggs with Flour to Make PastaTo prepare the pasta, in a large shallow bowl, sift together the flours and salt. Make a well in the center and add the eggs and olive oil, whisking to combine.

Most of the online videos I watched on making pasta placed all of this on a floured surface rather than in a shallow bowl. I prefer working in the bowl, but it’s your choice.

Mix until Dough FormsUsing a fork or your fingers, begin to incorporate the flour into the egg mixture and knead until all of the liquid is absorbed by the flour, 4-5 minutes. Roll the dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to set for 30-40 minutes.

 

Prepare the Filling

Meanwhile, prepare the filling. In a large skillet, brown the hamburger and sausage. Drain off any excess grease.

Blend Filling Ingredients Together in a Food ProcessorIn a food processor, combine the cooked and drained beef and sausage. Add the cheese and process for 30-60 seconds. Add the egg, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, and nutmeg and pulse several times until finely mixed together. Place the filling in a bowl and cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

 

Assemble the Ravioli

To assemble the ravioli, divide the pasta dough into two pieces and roll out with a pasta roller to a thickness of 1/8″.

Place Mounds of Filling on a Strip of Pasta

Lay out one sheet of dough on a lightly floured surface. Distribute spoonfuls of filling on the bottom sheet of dough, about 2 inches apart. Brush around the filling with some egg wash. Carefully lay a second sheet of dough on top and press the edges together with your fingertips.

ravioli stamps

Use a round or square ravioli cutter to make the ravioli pieces, pinching the edges shut to ensure closure. Repeat until dough and filling has been used up.

Place Cut Ravioli on a Lined Baking Sheet

Place prepared ravioli on a sheet pan lined with waxed paper.

 

“Fry” or Toast the Ravioli

Serve Toasted Ravioli on a Long Platter for Appetizers

In a large Dutch oven, pour enough peanut oil to cover ravioli, about 1/3 full. Heat over medium heat until deep-frying thermometer reached 350 degrees F.

In a shallow bowl, whisk together the eggs and cream.

Place breadcrumbs and Parmesan in another shallow bowl and stir to combine.

Dredge the ravioli in the egg mixture, followed by the breadcrumb mixture to coat.

Working in batches of 3-4, carefully drop the ravioli into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, 2-3 minutes, bringing oil back up to temperature between batches.

Place on wire racks to drain and keep warm by covering with aluminum foil until ready to serve.

Serve "Fried" Ravioli with fresh Parmesan and Favorite Marinara

Serve with your favorite Marinara sauce and freshly grated Parmesan. This recipe makes 20-24 ravioli, and will serve 10-12 people.

Serve with your favorite Chianti or Sangiovese wine.

See more Italian Recipes Here. See more Appetizers Here.

 

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Homemade Toasted Ravioli

As you may know already, I enjoy making Italian food. Here's a new recipe I made after tasting my first Toasted Ravioli in St. Louis one spring. Enjoy!
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Rest: 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Serving Size 12

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Ingredients 

Pasta Dough

Ravioli Filling

  • 1/2 pound ground beef (cooked and drained)
  • 2 links Italian sausages (skins removed, cooked and drained)
  • 8 oz. provolone cheese (shredded)
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese (shredded)
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

Coating

Instructions

Make the Pasta

  • To prepare the pasta dough, in a large shallow bowl, sift together the flours and salt. Make a well in the center and add the eggs and olive oil, whisking to combine. Using a fork or your fingers, begin to incorporate the flour into the egg mixture and knead until all of the liquid is absorbed by the flour, 4-5 minutes. Roll the dough into a ball and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to set for 30-40 minutes.

Prepare the Filling

  • Meanwhile, prepare the filling. In a large skillet, brown the hamburger and sausage. Drain. Place in a food processor. Add the cheese and process for 30-60 seconds. Add the egg, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Pulse several times until finely mixed together. Place the filling in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Assemble the Ravioli

  • To make the ravioli, divide the pasta dough into two pieces and roll out with a pasta roller to a thickness of 1/8". Lay out one sheet of dough on a lightly floured surface.
  • Distribute spoonfuls of filling on the bottom sheet of dough, about 2 inches apart. Brush around the filling with some egg wash. Carefully lay a second sheet of dough on top and press the edges together with your fingertips. Use a round or square ravioli cutter to make the ravioli pieces, pinching the edges shut to ensure closure. Repeat until dough and filling has been used up. Place prepared ravioli on a sheet pan lined with waxed paper.

Fry the Ravioli

  • In a large Dutch oven, pour enough oil to cover ravioli, about 1/3 full. Heat over medium heat until deep-frying thermometer reaches 350 degrees F.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk the three eggs and cream. Place breadcrumbs and Parmesan in another shallow bowl and stir to combine. Dredge the ravioli in the egg mixture, followed by the breadcrumb mixture to coat. Working in batches of 3-4, carefully drop the ravioli into the oil and fry until golden brown, 2-3 minutes, bringing oil back up to desired temperature between batches. Place on wire racks to drain and keep warm by covering with aluminum foil.
  • Serve with your favorite Marinara sauce and freshly grated Parmesan. Makes 20-24 ravioli.

Notes

*Serve with your favorite Chianti wine.

Nutrition

Calories: 526kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 188mg | Sodium: 1029mg | Potassium: 292mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 795IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 328mg | Iron: 3mg

 

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