Homemade Toasted Ravioli

Homemade Toasted Ravioli

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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! 

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. 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!

St. Ambrosia

Bailey, my niece who lives in St. Louis, offered us a tour of The Hill when 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!

Anyway, 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!

Ingredients Needed to Make Homemade Toasted Ravioli

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. Purchase some Here. 
  • 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

Making the Pasta

To 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.)

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.

Making the Filling

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

In 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.

Preparing 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″.

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.

Shop Kitchen Items - 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 prepared ravioli on a sheet pan lined with waxed paper.

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. Serve with your favorite Marinara sauce and freshly grated Parmesan. This recipe makes 20-24 ravioli.

Serve with your favorite Chianti or Sangiovese wine.

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Recipe for Homemade Toasted Ravioli

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!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: Cheese, Deep Fried, Marinara, Ravioli
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Rest:: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 24 Ravioli

Equipment

Pasta Roller Set
Cuisinart Food Processor
Ravioli Stamps
Wire Strainer

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

To Prepare 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.

To 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.

Assembling 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.
  • 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.
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