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What To Serve With Ravioli: 202 Side Dishes

What To Serve With Ravioli: 202 Side Dishes

Do you want to know what to serve with ravioli for a date night or family dinner? Look no further.

This newly updated INSANELY GOOD list of sides for ravioli will not only provide you with budget-friendly and easy tips, but a long list of classic and unique sides for ravioli too.

What’s truly special about ravioli is that you can elevate this pasta powerhouse with a wide array of sauces, sides, salads, soups, snacks and more that will suit any taste.

When pairing and plating your ravioli dinner, consider the type of sauce and filling. 

White alfredo or red tomato or butter garlic or all new? Cheese-filled, meat, spinach, mushroom, lobster, butternut, or your own homemade creation?

From crisp-tender charred veggies to a variety of warm breads, tasteful charcuterie, simple steamed veggies to sophisticated squash dishes, we’ve dozens of ideas and links to recipes you’re sure to love.

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Top 10 Picks

No time to cruise through our entire list of 202 sides for ravioli?

Here are some of our favorites from the list below to get you started and daydreaming about dinner.

Use the Table of Contents above to click through to your favorite #.

  1. Go green (but not too green) with #11 Parmesan Crisps.
  2. Traditionally great paired with ravioli: Caprese Salad With Balsamic Reduction #27.
  3. Refreshing without being high maintenance: Cucumber Tomato Salad With Basil & Dill #31.
  4. #44 Grilled Honey Balsamic Portobello Mushrooms: When are mushrooms not a perfect pairing with pasta?
  5. Ready bready: Roasted Vegetable Focaccia #49, for presentation without the hassle. 
  6. #43 Eggplant Caponata, a lush spread/dip I hadn’t even heard about til today, and I’m Italian! Looks so good.
  7. Dark greens and hearty beans #69: A flavorful Italian sidekick made even more popular at restaurant chain Buca Di Beppo.
  8. Crisp, tasty salad is a must. Try our no-anchovy Caesar #25 or the Spring greens option #9. 
  9. Air Fryer Green Beans #15 are so good, we served them hot in a bowl before the ravioli made it to the table. 
  10.  Unique and richly flavored, a nice side for a mild, white-sauce rav: Smoky & Creamy Ratatouille #32
  11. Bonus Pick: Crisp-tender and mild, #96 is easy and yummy. Full disclosure, broccolini is one of my fave vegetables so it’s going to make my list pretty often.

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Easiest Sides For Ravioli

Let’s take a look at some easy, budget-friendly, and/or quick sides for ravioli that we recommend just picking up from the store. 

These convenient ravioli side dish ideas may require heating or combining but mostly come together quickly:

  • Bagged Caesar Salad kit. We like the kind that doesn’t have chopped lettuce since it has sturdy romaine and holds the dressing without wilting. Celery salt really makes the salad. 
  • Premade soup. Reheat and serve before the ravs are ready, like a Progresso canned Minestrone or Italian Wedding or Pasta e Fagioli. 
  • Bag of pre-washed fresh green beans. Cook per package directions. Add alongside in their own small dishes. 
  • Bag of mixed frozen vegetables in their own sauce, like Green Giant Marinated Mushrooms.
  • Quick snack board. Manchego, asiago, and brie plus olives (I like black, but you may prefer green or kalamata), salami, folded prosciutto, and gherkins. Sturdy crackers if desired. Leave on the table before and during the meal.
  • Bag of baby carrots. These come ready to eat. Let’s cook ‘em. Place in a microwave-safe bowl, add 3 T water and steam on high for five minutes. Stir, poke with a fork, they should be soft. Season to taste: butter, salt, thyme. 
  • Pop open a can of green beans and heat them up. They come already salted. 
  • Check out #28 below—Air Fryer Mini Peppers. Dry roasting peppers adds a nice char, making them tender and sweet. Eight minutes in and out of the air fryer, three peppers per person.
  • Pack of brioche rolls from the bread section. Eat as is or butter and place face down in a skillet for a minute so they get soft and warm.

What To Serve With Ravioli

My love for glazed cipollini onions knows no bounds! 

They are the ultimate sweet, comforting, bright, and delicious side dish for ravioli. 

Just add some balsamic vinegar into the mix to elevate the cipollini onions’ sweetness and pair it with ripe tomato sauce served over fleshy, al dente ravioli.

Ingredients include: Cipollini onions, olive oil, aged balsamic vinegar, thyme, and kosher salt.

The best part about broccoli rabe or rapini is that it’s completely edible, unlike broccoli– including the buds, leaves, and stems! 

It also tastes divine with butternut squash ravioli. 

The sweet and subtle flavors of butternut squash ravioli need to be paired with a savory and bold side dish. 

Broccoli rabe prepared with sauteed garlic and red pepper flakes is just about the perfect fit!

Ingredients include: Broccoli rabe, olive oil, garlic, kosher salt, and red pepper flakes.

Included in my list of best ravioli sides is bread! 

Italian bread is such a perfect side dish for ravioli, and it’s also quite easy to make. 

The best part about pairing bread with ravioli is that it will soak up the sauce and make for a hearty and tasty meal.

Ingredients include: Active dry yeast, bread flour, olive oil, kosher salt, and granulated sugar.

I love green beans! 

They’re crispy and bright little veggies that are exceptionally versatile. 

Combine them with some freshly grated parmesan and a generous amount of garlic, and you’ll have the ultimate side dish for cheesy ravioli. 

The flavor of the beans cuts through the luxurious cheesiness of the pasta for a perfectly balanced meal.

Ingredients include: Green beans, parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Buttery polenta is inarguably one of the best side dishes for ravioli. 

It goes particularly well with lobster ravioli due to the magical combination of corn and lobster. 

So, serve a creamy and buttery polenta dish with freshly-prepared ravioli for a well-rounded meal.

Ingredients include: Bone broth, coarse ground polenta, unsalted butter, parmesan, and milk.

There’s something truly irresistible about charred veggies. 

Snap peas are the ultimate veggie for charring as they heighten their natural sweetness. 

This is another side dish that will taste exquisite with lobster ravioli!

Ingredients include: Sugar snap peas, green onions, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, and olive oil.

If you’re looking for crispy and savory ravioli side dishes, then look no further than asparagus wrapped in prosciutto!

It’s the perfect side dish for the rich and al dente ravioli. 

The dish is flavorful with a savory and rich punch and a delectable crunchiness.

Ingredients include: Prosciutto, asparagus, ground black pepper, and olive oil.

For a homey, comforting, and delicious side dish that will go deliciously well with ravioli, prepare some garlic bread

It’s cheesy, garlicky, buttery, savory, and herby! 

What more do you want from the best side dish to have ever been created?

Ingredients include: French bread, unsalted butter, garlic, parsley flakes, and salt.

If you’re still wondering what to serve with ravioli, then try going with a refreshing and creative spring salad! 

The best part about a spring salad is that it will go well with all sorts of ravioli, including lobster, spinach, squash, and more. 

Add some good vegetables, lots of greens, and nuts for a crunchy and flavorful salad.

Ingredients include: Fennel, spring lettuce, radishes, fresh tarragon, and pistachios.

The tangy flavor and incredible texture of no-knead bread go quite so well with ravioli. 

These rolls will mop up the ravioli sauce and make for a mouthwatering side dish. 

Plus, as suggested by the name, you don’t even need to knead them!

Ingredients include: Sourdough starter, bread flour, salt, and filtered water.

This snack, made with parmesan cheese and scrumptious zucchini, is utterly delightful! 

Combine this irresistible side dish with ravioli to get the perfect pairing of pasta and cheese. 

The soft texture of ravioli goes oh-so-well with the crunch of the zucchini!

Ingredients include: Zucchini, eggs, all-purpose flour, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese.

Prepare for a flavor explosion with these mouthwatering Brussels sprouts! 

Tender and crispy, these sprouts are first roasted in the oven and then glazed with a tantalizing blend of sweet maple syrup and spicy sriracha sauce.

The garlic and oil tossed with the sprouts before roasting add a fragrant depth of flavor.

The glaze caramelizes the sprouts, creating a crispy and golden exterior with a soft and tender inside. 

Ingredients include: Brussel sprouts, avocado oil, garlic cloves, maple syrup, and sriracha sauce.

With its vibrant colors, tender texture, and bold flavors, this stir-fried bok choy dish  is an excellent side for ravioli.

The garlic and ginger add a fragrant depth of flavor.

The maple syrup and red wine vinegar adds a touch of sweet and tart. 

Ingredients include: Baby bok choy, garlic cloves, ginger root, soy sauce, maple syrup, and red wine vinegar.

This side for ravioli is simple yet elegant.

Tender and crispy roasted broccoli is elevated with a tantalizing combination of sliced toasted almonds, zesty garlic, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes. 

The addition of tangy lemon juice and aged pecorino cheese creates a perfect balance of flavors that will leave your taste buds singing with joy. 

Ingredients include: Broccoli, red pepper flakes, extra virgin olive oil, garlic cloves, and lemon juice.

Perfectly cooked and seasoned, these green beans are tasty, yet easy to make as a side dish for ravioli.

Keeping it simple, this recipe calls for a blend of garlic, lemon, and just the right amount of salt and pepper to bring out the natural flavor of the beans. 

A dash of olive oil adds a touch of richness and ensures the beans cook to a crispy perfection in the air fryer.

Ingredients include: Green beans, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and salt.

A serving platter of bright roasted root vegetables is a sight to behold on any dining table. 

Each vegetable is roasted to perfection, creating a tender and slightly caramelized exterior that perfectly complements the natural sweetness of the veggies.

Indulge in the earthy and flavorful goodness of this roasted root vegetable medley. 

Ingredients include: Carrots, sweet potatoes, parsnips, beets, and red onions.

Sometimes, the simplest ingredients make the most elegant dishes, as is the case with this green bean and tomato side dish. 

The green beans are steamed to a perfect crisp-tender texture. 

The cherry tomatoes are cooked with a bit of sugar and spices until they burst with sweetness and flavor. 

Combining the two ingredients in a serving bowl creates a delightful blend of freshness and juiciness that’s both delicious and nutritious. 

Ingredients include: Green beans, cherry tomatoes, olive oil, sugar, and kosher salt.

Not only is this dish bursting with flavor, but it’s also incredibly easy to make.

The green beans are tender-crisp and perfectly cooked in chicken stock, which adds a savory depth of flavor. 

But the real star of the show is the ginger root – it adds a zingy and refreshing kick to every bite. 

The garlic clove and carrots round out the dish with their subtle sweetness and nuttiness, making for a well-balanced and satisfying meal. 

Ingredients include: Green beans, chicken stock, garlic clove, ginger root, and carrots.

This dish is simple yet full of personality.

The eggplant is sliced into perfect bite-sized pieces and sauteed until they’re tender and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. 

Seasoned with just the right amount of salt, and infused with the irresistible aroma of garlic clove, this dish is a flavor explosion that’ll have you coming back for more. 

Drizzle some olive oil on top for an extra touch of richness and voila! 

Ingredients include: Eggplant, salt, olive oil, and garlic clove. 

Let’s face it, Italian food just isn’t complete without a tasty bread buddy joining the feast.

Enter: brioche topped with everything bagel seasoning. 

This fluffy, buttery delight is just begging to sop up every last drop of that scrumptious ravioli sauce.

Ingredients include: Eggs, yeast, all-purpose flour, bagel seasoning, and granulated sugar.

Roasted butternut squash is the perfect side dish for ravioli. 

The slightly sweet and nutty flavor of roasted butternut pairs well with the rich flavor of ravioli.

And it is so easy to make, my hot tip is to look for cubes already cut up in the produce section. 

Buying them ready to go will reduce your prep time but if you have the whole squash, the prep will only take a few minutes.

Ingredients include: Butternut squash, rosemary, garlic, olive oil, pepper, and salt.

Let’s liven up ravioli night. 

Enter tomato bruschetta on a baked baguette. 

Add honey balsamic glaze. 

Juicy tomatoes meet fresh basil, garlic, and onion. 

They sit atop crispy baguette slices. The glaze? 

A sweet-tangy delight. 

It brings harmony to the dish. 

Ingredients include: Basil, garlic, tomatoes, honey, and Baguette bread.

Are you officially ready to check out a new sauce for your ravioli? 

I have my favorites, but sometimes it’s good to try something new.

Here’s our list of pasta sauces to help get you started.

Ingredients include: Bolognese, alfredo, asiago cheese, brown butter sage, and more.

Picture this: thick, hearty wedges of cabbage, drizzled with olive oil and seasoned to perfection. 

Then, they’re roasted until they transform into a masterpiece of caramelized, tender goodness. 

Who knew cabbage could be this exciting, right? 

Ingredients include: Cabbage, olive oil, lemon wedges, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

Ah, the Caesar salad – a classic sidekick to ravioli…

Envision this: crisp, fresh romaine lettuce leaves tossed with creamy, slightly tangy Caesar dressing, and topped with crunchy, golden croutons. 

And let’s not forget the grand finale – Parmesan cheese.  

Ingredients include: Romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, croutons, olive oil, egg-free mayo, and lemon juice.

Introducing a simple to make dish that pairs perfectly with ravioli: Oven Roasted Zucchini & Tomatoes! 

It is so easy to make and bakes up in 15 minutes.

The tender zucchini and juicy tomatoes provide a light, fresh contrast to the rich and satisfying ravioli. 

Ingredients include: Zucchini, cherry tomatoes, Italian seasoning, salt, and olive oil.

Caprese salad is the perfect side dish for ravioli.

It’s light.

It’s slightly sweet and a bit tangy and it pairs perfectly with a savory pasta dish.

The combination of the sweet tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and tangy balsamic reduction is simply divine. 

Ingredients include: Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, and sea salt. 

I used to think mini peppers were boring. I mean, they’re just little peppers, right? 

But then I tried roasting them in the air fryer, and my eating life was changed forever.

The peppers get so crispy on the outside, and they’re so juicy and flavorful on the inside. 

It’s like a whole new vegetable! 

I’ve been serving them with ravioli ever since, and it’s the perfect combination.

Ingredients include: Mini peppers, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

After seeing this recipe, I’ve decided that I just don’t eat enough corn. 

It’s so sweet, crisp and lays a foundation for so many wonderful flavors, I’m thinking this one, with lush garlic and butter, needs to go into my meal rotation.

Ingredients include: Corn kernels, butter, garlic cloves, parsley, and parmesan cheese.

Cauliflower has become the “it” vegetable for keto lovers and low-carb aficionados, and with good reason. 

It’s literally so flexible, it can be roasted, baked, grilled, ground up into “rice” and pounded into pizza crust.

But if you just want to celebrate a lovely head of cauliflower and give it a simple simmer with simple ingredients, this will give you that fresh flavor pretty fast.

Ingredients include: Cauliflower head, olive oil, and salt.

This is a simple foundation for a cucumber and tomato salad with a few fresh (or dried!) herbs. 

This adds a bit of acid to cut through your rich cheese ravioli.

And crisp, easy vegetables in case you just aren’t in the mood for a full lettuce salad.

Ingredients include: Cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, olive oil, and wine vinegar.

I can smell this fragrant recipe right through the screen!

Look at the laundry list of deliciousness to be particularly wowed.

From the fresh vegetables like squash and tomatoes, to the aromatics like bell pepper, onion, garlic, fresh thyme and basil (and herbs de provence if you have it on hand), then the creamy sauce that is decked out with smoked paprika and heavy cream. 

You don’t need anything else besides this incredible dish and some focaccia, but if you want to wow your guests, this will be a show-stopper side dish!

Ingredients include: Tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, squash, sweet onion, and smoked paprika. 

This one has the crisp, nutty flavor of tender pine nuts, a rather pricey delicacy that elevates a humble spinach salad. 

Use really good shaved parm for this too. 

Sometimes the finer ingredients can make a ho-hum dinner-as-usual into an eye-popping and mouth-watering meal to remember.

Ingredients include: Olive oil, lemon juice, spinach, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese.

Let’s talk about this caramelized, buttery, roasted fennel with our eyes wide, fork in hand. 

If you just don’t cook with fennel very often, or if at all, this recipe is going to sway you all the way over.

Like the humble radish, fennel is transformed in dry heat, stepping away from bitterness and into delish.

Ingredients include: Fennel, olive oil, garlic, salt, and thyme.

I could enjoy mushrooms at every meal—sauteed, always. 

Stuffed is fine, and grilled is great, but there is something so velvety and decadent about these sauteed mushrooms.

Make sure to get a spoonful of that luscious butter sauce onto everyone’s plate. 

(Or just yours. Cook’s rights.)

Ingredients include: Mushrooms, butter, olive oil, and water.

The picture-perfect spears of baked parmesan zooks in this recipe look unreal…

…until I tried them. 

Turns out, these are indeed the real thing, baked perfectly and seasoned to a tee.

Ingredients include: Zucchini, parmesan cheese, dried thyme, dried oregano, garlic powder, and parsley leaves.

While it can be a few more steps to grill ripe and ready zooks, you can accidentally steam them when you have them on the dry heat of the grill.

Love those char marks and deep flavor of these aromatics. 

Ingredients include: Zucchini, basil, garlic powder, parsley, and olive oil.

Here it is!

This reminds me of the beans-and-greens side dish on the menu at a popular Italian restaurant near me.

Flavorful, healthful and bursting with flavors that will hit the spot with your ravs or any other Italian meal.

Ingredients include: Olive oil, garlic, zucchini, kale leaves, and cannellini beans

Since we are all about zucchini here for Italian cooking, I also have some tips for you.

  • Don’t overcrowd the pan. When sauteing zucchini, it is important to not overcrowd the pan. If you add too much zucchini to the pan, it will steam instead of saute.
  • Don’t overcook the zucchini. Zucchini is a delicate vegetable, so it is important not to overcook it; it could become mushy.
  • Add a splash of water or broth. If the zucchini starts to stick to the pan, add a splash of water or broth. This will help to loosen the zucchini and prevent it from sticking.
  • Get creative with your seasonings. Zucchini is a versatile vegetable that can be seasoned with a variety of herbs and spices. Experiment with different seasonings to find your favorite combination.

Ingredients include: Zucchini, olive oil, garlic, sea salt, and black pepper.

Is this the same as broccolini? It looks similar to me, and I think I’ve been calling it by both names for some years now. 

Knowing my luck though, I have the names wrong but I guess I will have to punish myself by eating more and more of this fragrant, delicious and easy recipe.

A near-perfect green vegetable to come alongside ravioli of any flavor worth its salt.

And pepper.

Ingredients include: Broccoli rabe, garlic clove, kosher salt, red pepper flakes, and olive oil.

Not until this moment have I considered drizzling honey on hot tomatoes, but let me tell you hwat…

Let’s do this. 

I love cooked tomatoes of all kinds, but a nice hot broiler is going to give these an amazing dry roast and enhance all the delicious flavor.

Campari tomatoes for the win…

But you don’t have to. 

This recipe will enhance even the humble roma (ripe, of course).

Ingredients include: Campari tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, honey, Aleppo-style pepper, and sea salt.

Gorgeous slabs of roast cauliflower are going to wow even the pickiest veggie eater. 

You’ll need a salad plate to hold these, and I highly recommend you serve them like the kings of side dishes they are.

Simple pantry seasonings here, so you get an easy side dish with just a few steps. 

Ingredients include: Cauliflower, olive oil, sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder.

Olives, eggplant, and capers! Wow!

Scoop this luscious spread / dip / side dish / magic onto warmed bread or baguette slices.

Or pile it high on the plate next to your garlic butter ravioli.

If you love tangy flavors to help cut that rich pasta, this one’s a winner.

Ingredients include: Italian eggplant, olives, capers, garlic, and tomatoes.

These lovelies get a marinade too, and the big portobellos are the perfect mushie to stand up to a flavor-packed soak like this one.

Grill, baby, grill!

Ingredients include: Portobello mushrooms, honey, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, butter, and garlic cloves.

Easy and simple, words that I try to use sparingly because so many side dishes LOOK deceptively simple and just aren’t. 

Or they take too long. Or have too many ingredients.

But this one is just some chopped vegetables, ripe tomatoes, red wine vinegar and a little time.

It’s a nice substitute for a salad in many Italian meals.

Spoon into their own tiny bowls because you’ll want to add a little of this marinade to everyone’s portion.

Ingredients include: Tomatoes, red onion, olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic cloves, and dried rosemary.

The formatting on this one is a bit off, as you don’t want to include the loaf of bread into the “blend all ingredients” section.

But it looks just amazing: light green, fragrant, it’s a bean dip extraordinaire!

It offers up the ingredients for the toppings, too, which are the epitome of “Italian” delight: artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes.

Ingredients include: Ground pepper, salt, parsley, Italian baguette, and thyme.

We have the meat!

I mean, why not add a thick portion of protein alongside your carb-filled, joyous ravioli dinner?

These are tips for grilling a sirloin steak to help you get the sear you need to keep it juicy and delicious.

Ingredients include: Extra virgin olive oil, Dijon mustard, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and sirloin steak.

It doesn’t seem to make sense: this is lettuce, right? Hot lettuce?

I know. 

But if you use the hearts of romaine, oil, and simply season, then grill over hot coals, you get the lovely deep smoky flavor of char and keep the insides crisp and fresh.

Use high-quality shaved parmesan for this one.

Ingredients include: Romaine lettuce, canola oil, garlic, parmesan cheese, and salt.

Pair this delicious bread with some ravioli and you’ve got a match made in heaven! 

The crisp and golden focaccia, with its tender and chewy interior, is the perfect sidekick for those pillowy pockets of pasta. 

And let’s be real, who wouldn’t want a little extra veggie action in their life? 

This focaccia is loaded with all the goodness of roasted vegetables, like tomatoes and zucchini.

So go ahead, treat yourself and your loved ones to a culinary adventure with this delectable combination of roasted vegetable focaccia and ravioli. 

Ingredients include: Yeast, all-purpose flour, zucchini, tomatoes, and dried oregano.

I made shrimp the other night as a side dish for a pasta meal, cacio e pepe, I think it was. 

Let’s just say that it was such a huge hit that the pasta itself didn’t get many accolades.

This Sauteed Shrimp recipe has a flavor that will go with any sauce you are serving with your ravioli, too.

Ingredients include: Shrimp, canola oil, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, white wine, and vegetable stock. 

Hearty vegetarian meals like this one barely need a main dish at all, but if you are heading to an Italian relative’s potluck, this is going to be an EXQUISITE offering. 

You’ll be the dinner hero, so you’ll just have to keep making it for all family dinners forever.

Not even sorry (and where’s my invitation??). 

Ingredients include: Aubergines, lentils, onions, basil leaves, and tomatoes.

Had enough scrolling? Decided against ravioli halfway down? 

Keep it generic and pop over to our Italian Side Dishes list.

We’ve got meal inspiration for days, and we love to share what we find.

Ingredients include: Eggplant parmigiana, stuffed artichokes, pesto gnocchi, focaccia, and more.

Now we’re talking. 

Let’s pull out the can of pizza dough or if you’re lucky your grocer offers ready dough in the fresh foods.

These will come together in a snap. 

I’d recommend shaving off a minute or two if you like your breadsticks a bit softer. 

If you love bread with all the aromatics you can stand, these breadsticks are waiting for you. 

Ingredients include: Basil, garlic, oregano, marinara sauce, and olive oil.

I’ve become a real kale fan in the last few years.

It’s versatile, sturdy, super healthy and cooks up easily with lots of different methods.

Soups with kale? For sure.

Stir fry, casseroles, Indian kale recipes, and sautes like this one? Yes.

This Sauteed Kale With Garlic? Easy and savory. Check!

Ingredients include: Kale, olive oil, garlic cloves, red peppers, salt, and ground black pepper.

Eggplant is another natural pairing with Italian foods. 

(Sicily and the west coast of Italy being part of the Mediterranean and all.)

Try this using a Japanese eggplant and gather the freshest ingredients for the chimichurri to really make this pop.

Ingredients include: Italian parsley, cilantro, oregano, onion, and garlic.

The beauty of a simple garden salad is that you can add whatever you want. So if you want to follow this for a foolproof starter recipe, it’s perf.

But feel free to adorn this with your favorite vegetables at any point.

It’s important to season your greens. 

Salt, pepper, spice blends of any kind, but fresh produce could use a pop of flavor from the S&P for sure.

Ingredients include: Iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, parsley, and cider vinegar.

This recipe for roasted garlic eggplant with yogurt dip is so simple, even a caveman could make it. 

Just slice up an eggplant, toss it with olive oil and garlic, and roast it in the oven until it’s soft and tender. 

Then, whip up a quick yogurt dip with some lemon juice, dill, and salt and pepper. 

Serve the roasted eggplant with the yogurt dip and enjoy!

This dish is perfect for a light lunch or dinner. 

It’s also great as a side dish for grilled meats or fish, but it will be a nice appetizer before the ravioli dinner. 

And, because it’s so easy to make, it’s perfect for busy weeknights.

Give this recipe a try and see for yourself how delicious it is! And, who knows, you might even impress a caveman or two.

Ingredients include: Eggplant, olive oil, garlic, basil leaves, and yogurt.

It doesn’t get much easier than this recipe, truly.

Arugula, also known as rocket or rucola, is an annual plant in the mustard family that is native to Europe and Southwestern Asia. 

It has been cultivated for centuries and is now grown in many parts of the world.

Arugula has a peppery, slightly bitter flavor that makes it a popular ingredient in salads, sandwiches, and pizzas. It is also a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as iron and calcium.

Arugula was first introduced to the United States in the early 1900s, but it did not become popular until the 1980s. 

This is due in part to the growing interest in healthful eating and the increasing availability of arugula in supermarkets.

If you are looking for a healthy and delicious green vegetable to add to your diet, arugula is a great option. 

Ingredients include: Arugula, olive oil, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper.

You can use any ripe tomato for this recipe, so don’t let the “plum” part fool you. 

The way this is cooked is the real winner: a dry roast at high heat with just a few aromatics brings out the absolute BEST in tomatoes.

Roast a bunch and keep them in the fridge for a weekend’s worth of pizza, pasta, salads, or garnishing your plate of raviolis.

I always recommend parchment paper for roasted veg because they tend to stick to foil and naked baking sheets.

Ingredients include: Plum tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, garlic cloves, sugar, and salt. 

Wow, golden, crisp, puffy and lovely, the framework of this tart is a masterpiece!

Roast up the cherry tomatoes with some chopped fresh basil to top an herby, creamy ricotta spread.

I have a puff pastry in the fridge right now, and this is inspiration at its best!

Ingredients include: Egg, olive oil, scallions, parsley, and basil.

Artichokes by their nature are fairly mild vegetables, so this recipe will create a savory crust for the hearts.

Poppable, golden brown finger foods that have aesthetic appeal and flavor to bring in even the pickiest eaters.

Ingredients include: Artichoke hearts, butter, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, and breadcrumbs.

When paired with some delicious ravioli, you’ve got yourself a party in your mouth! 

The creamy, cheesy center of the arancini perfectly complements the soft, pillowy pasta. 

It’s like a flavor explosion with every bite. 

Plus, who wouldn’t love a little extra crunch in their life? 

These arancini are the perfect combination of texture and taste, and they’re sure to be a hit with everyone at the dinner table. 

So next time you’re making ravioli, don’t forget to add some arancini to the menu.

Ingredients include: Prosciutto, mozzarella, chicken stock, butter, shallots, Arborio rice, and all-purpose flour.

If you’re looking for an easy, crisp side dish but not fully committed to lettuce, slaw is always a great option. 

We prefer our slaw as a no-mayo option, so if you need just a skosh more moisture in this recipe, add a T of plain Greek yogurt or double the dressing recipe as is.

Ingredients include: Red cabbage, carrot, olive oil, white wine vinegar, honey, and onion.

Creamed spinach tastes better than it sounds, and I have yet to actually eat any and not think it was pretty decadent. 

This one is our version—cheesy with parm and cooked to thicken it up. 

Add to serving bowls alongside your ravioli so it doesn’t mix with your rav sauce. 

You’ll want to enjoy this creamed cheesy spinach unadulterated.

Ingredients include: Milk, spinach, garlic, onion, and butter.

Boiled then sauteed, you’ll combine escarole, white beans and lots of garlic into a completely delicious side dish for ravioli. 

A famously Italian side dish for ravioli.

Ingredients include: Escarole, olive oil, garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, cannellini beans, and chicken broth.

I find Boursin cheese to be handy in recipes and awesome all by itself with some crackers on TV night. 

In this savory recipe, you combine the ingredients of beloved bruschetta, so grab your favorite crusty bread for this one.

How do you go wrong with a delicious cheese ball?

Ingredients include: Roma tomatoes, Boursin Garlic & Herb cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, basil, and sun-dried tomatoes.

Are you a mushroom fan?

This recipe offers up a couple of options for either marinating mushrooms raw or poached.

Lots of aromatic herbs and veggies come together for a really nice side dish for raviolis or pretty much any pasta dish.

Plenty of tips and steps here, too, to help the beginner.

Ingredients include: Cremini mushrooms, garlic cloves, thyme, bay leaves, shallot, and red pepper flakes.

From garlic knots to goat cheese and beyond, this list of Italian appetizers will give you a feel for so many delicious apps that you’ll be down this rabbit hole forever.

(You know you want to.)

Ingredients include: Goat cheese, Italian nachos, antipasto platter, taralli, and more.

Have you ever heard of peperonata? 

It’s a tasty and hearty vegetable stew that’s super popular in Italy, with lots of different versions out there. 

The main ingredients are bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes, all simmered together until they’re super fragrant and deliciously tender. 

It’s the perfect summertime dish, and you can add in other veggies too if you want. 

And get this: not only is it a great side dish, but it can also be used as a sauce or even as a yummy topping for some crunchy bruschetta. 

Serve hot or at room temp.

Ingredients include: Red bell peppers, olive oil, onion, garlic cloves, tomato puree, and white wine vinegar.

There is absolutely room for potatoes in a side dish for ravioli!

This is what Italian cooking is all about, using the best and simplest ingredients to create mouth-watering meals.

The eggplant is undoubtedly the star in many Sicilian recipes, and this recipe is no exception. 

So, head over to your local farmer’s market and grab some fresh ingredients to make this tasty and satisfying dish!

Ingredients include: Eggplant, potatoes, olive oil, garlic clove, and basil leaves.

You may be eyeballing this yummy-sounding scallops recipe if you’ve got a decadent meal of lobster ravioli coming up.

Let’s add some of these perfectly seared lemon garlic butter scallops to the menu and round out your delicious meal!

I am a sucker for golden-brown scallops—just look at these beauties!

Ingredients include: Olive oil, scallops, garlic, white wine, and lemon juice.

Have you ever been blessed with the scent and flavor of a true heirloom tomato?

They come in all sizes and colors, but their taste is sheer bliss. 

This gorgeous platter of ingredients may surprise you, and yet if this isn’t an ad for gorgeous food and the art of cooking, I don’t know what is.

Ingredients include: Heirloom tomatoes, corn, cherry tomatoes, burrata cheese, pistachios, and balsamic glaze.

These simple, julienned vegetables are marinated and served cold.

A beautiful platter of green beans, peppers, onions with a sweet, mild tang of balsamic vinegar.

They’re saying the marinade dilutes the bitterness of the onion, and I, for one, am willing to try it.

Ingredients include: Green beans, red pepper, onion, balsamic vinegar, sugar, and Dijon mustard.

I had some artichokes just the other day in a cacio di pepe meal, the first I’ve had in a very long time.

You’ll appreciate this recipe because the author gets right to the point, no backstory or long-winded how-tos. 

It starts with whole artichokes and is eaten at room temp.

You’ll also need this metric converter if you dive into this lovely artichoke recipe.

Ingredients include: Artichokes, lemons, white wine, garlic cloves, oregano, mint leaves, and olive oil.

Easy, fast, creamy, cheesy, and tomatoey…

Not sure a ravioli sauce gets any better or simpler than this.

Starting with canned diced tomatoes and a handful of groceries you may already have on hand, this velvety sauce is going to brighten your dish up right.

Ingredients include: Olive oil, onion, tomatoes, basil, and sugar.

Hail to the yes, Caprese fans!

This one has a little more fiber and green veg than the usual caprese salad. 

Add those delish flavors over asparagus and get that flavor punch in for an awesome side dish for Italian foods. 

Ingredients include: Asparagus, olive oil, balsamic, shredded mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, and basil.

Pull out your air fryer if it’s not already on your countertop. 

(We use ours so often that the one time I put it away, it lasted for four hours before I needed it again.)

The aroma is going to make you so hungry that you will definitely be ready to eat when the soft, tender heads of garlic come out of the foil.

Great as a topper over the sauced ravs, alongside in a ramekin, or crushed and spread over some of your Italian bread.

Ingredients include: Garlic, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Traditionally a first course to a formal meal, this Italian delicacy is full of small bites of meat and cheese, plus olives, pepperoncini, artichoke hearts, and more.
But the beauty of this savory appetizer platter is that it is fully customizable and can be scaled up or down depending on the number of guests, preferences, and main meal.
This recipe is a great list of options and tips for putting together your very own antipasto salad platter.

Ingredients include: Banana peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and artichokes.

Seafood makes appearances in Italian food all the time, especially in coastal or Sicilian recipes.

This recipe adds crisped calamari to the top of some simple, fresh watercress greens (which you can customize to what you have on hand).
If you don’t have caperberries, a few jarred capers should do as a nice complement to the aioli.

Ingredients include: Calamari, cornstarch, all-purpose flour, cornmeal, and salt.

This recipe offers a nice wilted dish of greens with a bit of sweetness from raisins and crunchy pine nuts. 

Someone really took the time to think about this deliciously textural cross of ingredients: peppery, crisp, sweet, crunch.

If I peek in my pantry right now I have all of these ingredients, so I bet you do, too. 

Ingredients include: Arugula, garlic, raisins, pine nuts, and olive oil. 

Love salads but just not convinced of your desire for lettuce AGAIN?

Try this one. 

The combination of ingredients here are fresh, snappy and mildly sweet.

Pick up the washed-and-ready bag of snap peas to get you further along this recipe journey.

Ingredients include: Olive oil, white wine vinegar, honey, sugar snap peas, and poppy seeds.

Do you love cooked carrots?

If you’ve never had them oven (dry) roasted before, I guarantee this recipe will change you.

I usually don’t have fresh thyme on hand, and let’s be honest, a tiny pack of them is kind of pricey for what they are. 

I used dried or ground thyme and I got the same flavor, albeit without that “freshly plucked” appeal.

Try this recipe and see what you think. 

Spoon these oven-roasted carrots into their own ramekins or monkey bowls so that you can keep them out of your ravioli sauce.

Ingredients include: Carrots, olive oil, fresh thyme, salt, and pepper.

I have yet to make my own tomato soup, but this is going in my recipe box.

I love sheet-pan roasted tomatoes because it absolutely transforms the taste of tomatoes.

The texture is “creamy” without having any milk or cream at all.


Ingredients include: Oil, tomatoes, onion, garlic, and basil.

Can’t decide whether you want squash or tomato soup?

Have both!

This creamy soup combines the savory tomato and rich, sweet butternut squash in a lovely starter for your ravioli dinner.

Ingredients include: Butternut squash, onion, carrot, butter, and tomato.

Oh, don’t poo-poo this one. 

Sure, these are potatoes, but you don’t have to eat a ton to enjoy these Italian flavors as a side for ravioli.

I think that this dish would go well with a large gathering or potluck where everyone can pick and choose their favorites and have a bit of each. 

Ingredients include: Potatoes, Italian seasoning, garlic, paprika, and Parmesan cheese.

Love that sour bite of olives?

Max that flavor out with a flavorful tangy marinade.

This is a nice complement to raviolis, especially with an arrabiata sauce.

Ingredients include: Mixed olives, garlic, rosemary, thyme, and lemon rind.

At first I’m thinking, how good would zucchini be served cold, but this is actually served at room temp to allow all the lemon and garlic and other fragrant spices to meld beautifully.

It’s a gorgeous dish, too, and not hard to put together.

The zucchini is grilled until charred around the edges.

Use fresh parsley so you get this fresh presentation that really makes it pop!

Ingredients include: Zucchini squash, olive oil, ground cumin, lemon, garlic clove, and parsley.

This was one of my dad’s favorite meals in the whole world. 

100% Italian, he loved simple foods that his mom used to make. 

My mom had trouble keeping up sometimes, as she had big shoes to fill.

This simple set of ingredients is going to be a delightful side for ravioli.

Ingredients include: Sausage, green peppers, olive oil, and onion.

Ah, look at these beautiful lovelies. 

On the starter menu of every Italian restaurant menu I can think of, this recipe brings that quality home.

Add this dish to the table when you are getting everyone ready for a ravioli dinner, and I can’t imagine anything but smiles.

Ingredients include: White mushrooms, parsley, garlic cloves, Parmigiano Reggiano, and red pepper. 

I love being surprised by beautiful foods using recipes that take a classic and spin into something extraordinary.

Check out this cauliflower parm! It looks like chicken or eggplant filets, but you’ve still got that crisp breading, cheesy layer, and sauce!

Ingredients include: Cauliflower, flour, eggs, Italian bread crumbs, and Parmesan cheese.

Everyone should learn the recipe of a Greek Salad by heart. 

This recipe has the bright and beautiful basics: lettuce of course, but there is a flavor “prescription” for everything else. 

This has a LOT of tangy flavor between the vinaigrette, onions, olives, and feta. 

It will help temper the richness of a ravioli with butternut filling and a creamy white or vodka sauce.

Ingredients include: Romaine lettuce, red onions, black olives, and mini cucumbers. 

Have you been reading our blog for a while? Then you may know of my love for broccolini. 

Sauteed or oven roasted or grilled, all the time, everywhere, mild broccolini is still one of my favorite vegetables.

So, not to FORCE IT ON YOU, but if you just don’t know which side dish for ravioli is right for you TODAY, may I suggest this crisp, delicious green option.

Fancy salt not required.

Ingredients include: Broccolini, olive oil, soy sauce, and fleur de sel.

But when I do pull out a recipe that calls for it, I’m always pleased.

I think it’s because it’s never something readily available at the market; it’s hidden.

Try this crisp, fresh salad and let me know what you think.

Ingredients include: Lemon juice, olive oil, black pepper, fennel bulb, and apples.

What’s all this, then? Scarpaccia?

I love discovering new foods, meals, and sides for ravioli. 

This scarpaccia is a seasoned cornmeal crust with baked-in fresh veggies!

It comes out crisp and delicious. 

I’m adding this one to my snack monthly rotation.

Ingredients include: Olive oil, zucchini, onion, flour, and cornmeal.

These remind me of the love affair I used to have with delicious little garlic knots at an Italian restaurant up the street. 

You add as much parmesan cheese as you want. 

Don’t let a recipe put a limit on what you love!

This easy recipe uses frozen bread dough so you aren’t proofing any yeast for this one.

Ingredients include: Dinner rolls, butter, baking soda, parsley flakes, and parmesan cheese.

Panzanella is Italian for “kinda bready” and I am all for this to describe my life and love for all things wheat.

This has a few crisp vegetables, but it is indeed mostly cubes of crusty bread that soak up a tasty dressing.

It doesn’t get mushy between tossing to serving alongside your ravioli, but it won’t be good left over. 

Ingredients include: Garlic cloves, sourdough bread, tomatoes, English cucumber, and red onion.

I love how these sweet potatoes are cut. 

I usually cube sweet potatoes but these “coins” look nicely caramelized and slightly charred.

Simply seasoned with a pretty presentation, serve these right out of the oven in their own little ramekins on the side of the ravs for a nice, rich addition to ravioli.

Ingredients include: Sweet potatoes, olive oil, garlic powder, thyme, and kosher salt. 

Are you ready to indulge in some warm and buttery goodness? 

Then you’ll definitely want to try making your own version of Olive Garden breadsticks! Don’t worry, this recipe is super easy and the results are absolutely delicious. 

The warm and fluffy breadsticks are the perfect combination of salty and savory, and they’re so addictive that you’ll want to make them again and again. 

Ingredients include: Dry yeast, sugar, all-purpose flour, olive oil, and salt.

Who says fresh food has to be complicated? 

With this recipe for steamed green beans in the microwave, you can have a delicious side in no time! 

Simply trim your fresh green beans, put them in a microwave-safe bowl with a few spoons of water, and let the microwave do the work. 

In just a couple of minutes, you’ll have perfectly steamed green beans that are tender and packed with flavor. 

This dish is the perfect complement to any pasta dish, especially ravioli. 

Ingredients include: Green beans.

If you’re making your own ravioli at home, you know that the world is your oyster when it comes to the fillings. 

Here we have some helpful ideas and links to recipes if you need some inspiration for your next homemade ravioli.

Ingredients include: Smoked salmon, lobster, crabmeat, bacon ricotta, and more.

I know Rontoni is closing their doors on their version of pastina and I think grown-up kids everywhere panicked.

Pastina was the comfort food of my youth, and it’s hard to find here in Texas in its purest form. 

(Acini di Pepe is NOT the same! Fight me!)

If you happen to be lucky enough to have pastina near you, this simple soup, brothy and good, will be a happy, warming starter to your ravioli dinner.

Ingredients include: Olive oil, celery, pastina, carrots, and shallots.

Rich with beans, sausage, potatoes, and cream, this was my first introduction to hearty kale. 

This is a copycat to that restaurant soup where you might have first had kale too: it didn’t get slimy like spinach, and it wasn’t bitter or tough. 

This recipe is going to make that Italian dinner SING.

Ingredients include: Chicken broth, Italian sausage, Yukon gold potatoes, kale, and bacon.

If your dinner is Ravioli Theme Night, then you’ll want to make one or two of these appetizers that use those delicious little pocket dumplings into fun and yummy creations.

Click through to see our quick read of choice ravioli appetizers for starter ideas.

They will be great with your ravioli meal, naturally.

It’s ravioli all the way down.

Ingredients include: Ravioli pops, peach toasted ravioli pops, fried mac & cheese ravioli, ravioli skewers, and more.

If you’re looking for some scrumptious Italian flair a la protein, this list is going to offer up meal inspiration.

Meat always goes great with ravioli.

And Italian pork? Even better.

Ingredients include: Porchetta, cassoeula, pampanella, rosticciana, and more.

I know what you’re thinking, why straight cooked onions?

These sauteed onions might be just what you need to stir into your sauce or to top the plated raviolis. 

Serve them on the side, curled up and golden brown in their own dishes to be enjoyed with every bite of pasta.

A sauteed onion isn’t cooked as long as caramelized onions; this recipe is just enough to soften them until opaque and bring out their natural sweetness.

Ingredients include: Onion, olive oil, and salt.

Your cheese-filled raviolis could probably use a bit of protein, so consider this list.

With Italian-inspired flavors, these chicken recipes might be just what you need if you are staring down that bag of fresh ravs and would like some bigger meal ideas.

Ingredients include: Chicken milanese, chicken francaise, scaloppine al limone, chicken spiedini, and more.

I can’t quite call the eggplant “humble” as it can sometimes be a high-maintenance vegetable.

But it’s sturdy and has served its share of recipe foundations: breaded, sauteed, and stir fried. 

Take a look at our list of Italian eggplant recipes for even more ideas if you have some eggplant and could really use some easy ideas.

Or even more sophisticated ones.

Ingredients include: Eggplant caponata, eggplant involtini, baked eggplant parmesan, lasagna stuffed eggplant, and more.

Chunked, sliced, or crumbled, sausage has a flavor profile that just pairs perfectly with Italian foods.

And if you’ve had sausage-stuffed raviolis, you know what I mean.

But if your raviolis are all cheese or mushroom, add on an Italian-inspired sausage dish to accompany.

Ingredients include: Zuppa Toscana, baked mostaccioli, sausage manicotti, minestra maritata, and more. 

So I’ve made rum cakes for two decades to herald in the holidays and once I learned about this cake, it’s the first Christmas where I switched gears.

I needed to come up with a recipe that met my need for both boozy and from-a-box easy.

I am not a great cake baker, so I usually start with a boxed cake mix, and this is no exception.

So grab your almond and orange liqueurs, a butter yellow cake mix, and you’ll Bundt one up for the holidays or any time.

Ingredients include: Disaronno, grand marnier, eggs, French vanilla cake mix, and vanilla extract.

Well, you won’t always find a dessert list in our pairing recommendations, but I’m Italian and since I’m writing this, you get what you get.

I’m not what you call a cake pusher, but I am a cake aficionado

I can’t say that any of these are super EASY or QUICK, but delicious and definitively Italian? 

Yes, yes they are.

Ingredients include: Zuccotto, castagnaccio, torta caprese, ciambella, and more.

I love soup. I never seem to make it often when I’m in a hurry, but they really can be made fast. 

Do you eat soup year round or only when it’s cold out?

Use a starter like Better Than Bouillon, fresh or frozen vegetables, a small pasta, and you’ve got a great warm and soothing meal fast.

And if you want a list of just Italian soups, this list is for you.

Ingredients include: Cioppino, pasta e ceci, Sicilian chicken soup, pasta e fagioli, and more.

Stuffed tomatoes are a classic Italian dish that is made by hollowing out tomatoes and filling them with a mixture of breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic, herbs, and olive oil. 

These include crisp pine nuts and would be a good way to use up leftover bread.

The tomatoes are then baked until they are soft and the filling is golden brown.

Here are some tips for making this Italian Stuffed Tomatoes recipe:

  • Use ripe tomatoes that are firm and have a smooth skin.
  • Do not overcook the tomatoes, or they will become mushy.
  • Make it your own—add other ingredients such as cooked ground beef, sausage, or vegetables.

Ingredients include: Tomatoes, capers, garlic, olive oil, and white wine.

Roasted red pepper soup is a delicious and easy-to-make soup that is perfect for a cold winter day. 

It is made with roasted red peppers, onions, garlic, chicken broth, and cream. 

The soup is then pureed until it is smooth and creamy.

This soup is packed with flavor and nutrients; roasted red peppers add a smoky sweetness to the soup, while the onions and garlic add depth of flavor. 

The broth provides a flavorful base for the soup, and the cornstarch helps to make it smooth and creamy.

Ingredients include: Tomatoes, corn starch, vegetable broth, thyme, and basil.

Brussels, an oft sidelined vegetable around the family dinner table, is given the high-five in this recipe from Raia’s Recipes.
The gorgeous char built by a roasting in a hot oven is the starting off point for your favorite spices.
But she starts you off with some great measured Italian herbs and heat that really sell the Italian flair, especially as a side for ravioli.

Ingredients include: Brussels sprouts, red pepper flakes, Italian herb seasoning, avocado oil, and Himalayan salt.

If you’re a fan of raw, crisp vegetables, this salad has you covered. 

While there are a ton of them in this recipe, limit it to what you have on hand and what your family’s favorites are.

The homemade Italian dressing is the key to this customizable vegetable salad. 

Ingredients include: Cherry tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, and white wine vinegar.

Pasta fagioli, a hearty Italian soup made with beans, pasta, and vegetables, is the perfect comfort food on a cold day. It’s also a great way to use up leftover vegetables.

This one is also flavored with tomatoes, onions, carrots, celery, herbs and Italian sausage.

Pasta fagioli is typically served with a side of crusty bread or garlic bread. 

It’s also delicious topped with grated Parmesan cheese.

Next time you’re looking for a delicious and comforting meal, try pasta fagioli. 

It’s sure to warm you up from the inside out.

Ingredients include: Italian sausage, yellow onion, carrots, celery, and garlic.

Minestrone is typically made with a variety of vegetables, including pasta, carrots, celery, onions, tomatoes, and zucchini. 

Minestrone is a versatile soup that can be customized to your liking. 

You can add or remove vegetables, beans, or pasta to suit your taste.

This recipe makes for a quick and easy meal, and a great way to use up leftover vegetables.

Next time you’re looking for a delicious and satisfying soup, try this minestrone. 

Ingredients include: Green beans, kidney beans, spinach, elbow noodles, and Italian seasoning.

Italian wedding soup is a beloved classic in Italian cuisine that boasts a rich, flavorful broth loaded with veggies and small meatballs. 

These meatballs are typically crafted from a blend of ground beef, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs, and herbs, while the vegetables of choice often include carrots, celery, and onions. 

The broth base is typically either chicken or beef.

You have the option to add or subtract vegetables to your liking, or to experiment with different types of meat like pork or sausage.

Whether you’re sharing a family meal or simply craving a bowl of something cozy and warming, Italian wedding soup is a great choice. 

Ingredients include: Italian sausage, red onion, carrots, chicken stock, and kale.

Involtini, also known as Braciole, is a classic Italian dish that involves rolling up thin slices of beef with a flavorful filling and simmering them in a delicious sauce. 

This recipe is highly versatile and can be customized to suit your taste.

Each region of Italy has its unique spin on the recipe, and it is often passed down as a cherished family tradition. 

Involtini is a dish that is typically reserved for special occasions and holidays, as it is slow-cooked in a sauce to create a tender and juicy result.

My grandmom used to make it for us for my dad’s birthday, and my mom made it once or twice, but my full appreciation for it didn’t come until much later in life.

Ingredients include: Canned San Marzano tomatoes, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, and white wine.

Easter Pie, also known as Pizza Rustica, is an old Italian dish that is traditionally served during the Easter holiday. 

It is a savory pie that is made with a buttery, flaky crust and filled with a mixture of meats and cheeses. 

Imagine a dense quiche with a lot of “pizza” type flavor (no tomato sauce, though).

This hearty dish can be customized to your liking and often includes ingredients such as ham, salami, prosciutto, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and eggs. 

This rich and filling pie is often served as a main course or as a snack during the holiday season.

It can also be enjoyed cold, making it a perfect addition to picnics or packed lunches. 

Easter Pie is not only a delicious and satisfying dish, but it is also a significant part of Italian culture and tradition.

There’s also an actual sweet pie out there called an Easter Pie, hence the second party of the name for clarity: Pizza Rustica.

Ingredients include: All purpose flour, olive oil, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and eggs.

Ravioli are velvety and saucy, rich and savory pasta that is filling and yummy.

But sometimes you just want to contrast this amazing dinner with something crisp and tasty, right?

You can follow this recipe for something really easy and good (or go even easier and just pick up a frozen bag of them) and get these ready as an appetizer.

Ingredients include: Mozzarella cheese sticks, all purpose flour, panko breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning, and eggs.

How To Reheat Mozzarella Sticks

This looks good as a dinner salad big enough to share. 

Set this beauty on the table as a starter to get everyone ready for a nice ravioli dinner.

It reminds me of how much I used to love Ken’s Sweet Onion Dressing, but how much better must this be homemade?

This recipe is a keeper.

Craft this salad based on what veggies you have in your fridge.

Ingredients include: Bacon, ham, turkey, butter lettuce hearts, and dijon mustard.

This one is so much like that wildly popular bagged salad you can get in the cold section of every produce area in stores.

Make it homemade for a fully customizable recipe.

Ingredients include: Kale, broccoli slaw, Brussel sprouts, dried cranberries, and poppy seed dressing.

I used to make this all the time, and because kale is so sturdy, it would be good to eat for days.

It goes with everything, just make sure to use clean hands to massage the chopped kale in oil before adding everything else.

You’ll see how the volume goes down as massage, and your pile of salad becomes less unwieldy. 

I add a shake or two of steak seasoning or really any spice blend, but don’t skimp on the lemon or parmesan.

Ingredients include: Curly kale, garlic, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, and olive oil.

We had a lot of fun making these. 

The recipe actually makes a LOT of these, so cut it in half if you only have three people to feed as an appetizer. 

Italian seasoning works great too, and while the feta seems like it would be better alongside a Greek or Lebanese dinner, the feta tastes great here.

It’s rich, though, so don’t fill up if you’re expecting just to take the edge off before the ravs come out.

Ingredients include: Cherry tomatoes, English cucumber, black olives, Greek seasoning, and block feta cheese.

An antipasto platter is a beautiful and delicious way to start any Italian meal, and ravioli is no different.

It’s a great way to share a variety of Italian flavors with friends and family.

This antipasto platter typically includes cured meats, cheeses, olives, marinated vegetables, and bread, but you can also add other items, such as fruit, nuts, and dips.

Once you’ve gathered your ingredients, it’s time to start assembling your platter. Be sure to arrange the items in a visually appealing way. 

You can also use different types of bowls and platters to create a more interesting presentation.

Your antipasto platter is now ready to enjoy! Serve it with your favorite drinks and let the party begin.

Here are some additional tips for making an antipasto platter:

  • Use a variety of colors and textures to create a visually appealing platter.
  • Arrange the items in a way that is easy to reach and eat.
  • Serve the platter with your favorite drinks.
  • Let your guests help themselves to the platter.

Ingredients include: Prosciutto, soppressata, pecorino cheese, roasted peppers, and green olives.

Popcorn Salad is a delicious and unique twist on a classic salad.

This salad is made with all of your favorite salad ingredients, like celery, carrots, and cheese, but instead of lettuce, it uses popcorn! 

The popcorn adds a unique crunch and texture that you won’t find in a traditional salad.

The dressing for this salad includes mayonnaise, which may seem like an unusual choice, but it works perfectly. 

The mayonnaise helps to bind all of the ingredients together and gives the salad a creamy flavor.

Popcorn Salad is a great way to use up leftover popcorn (just make sure it’s still fresh).

It’s also a fun and easy salad to make for a potluck or party.

Ingredients include: Popcorn, mayonnaise, bacon, cheddar cheese, and chives.

Air Fryer Kale Chips are a healthy and delicious snack that takes only a couple of ingredients.

If you aren’t yet convinced of kale’s awesomeness, this might be a good recipe for you to try.

Made with fresh kale leaves that are tossed with olive oil and seasonings, this recipe is simply air fried until they are crispy and delicious. 

Air Fryer Kale Chips are a great way to get your daily dose of greens, and they are also a low-calorie snack.

Air Fryer Kale Chips are easy to make, just remember to let them rest for a couple of minutes since they crisp up in this “resting” time.

Ingredients include: Kale, salt, and oil.

I would like to be immediately invited to the dinner party of the folks over at Modern Honey.

Look at this platter of joy!

Burrata, a creamy delicacy with a caprese salad, other Italian cheeses and cured meats, marcona almonds, and more, this would make any party-goer over the moon.

Of course, you can customize it, but this has an Italian flair, so keep your focus on the mangia of it all!

Ingredients include: Burrata, parmigiano-reggiano, camembert, cured meats, and crackers.

To create Spanakopita, layers of phyllo dough are filled with a flavorful mixture of spinach, feta cheese, and onions before being baked to a crispy golden brown. 

This Greek pie is a versatile and delicious option for a variety of gatherings, serving as an ideal appetizer or main course. 

Spanakopita is a hearty dish, but you can use lots of your favorite herbs, including dill, basil, mint, in the filling. 

The following are some tips for making Spanakopita:

  • You can use fresh spinach, too, but this recipe uses frozen spinach beautifully.
  • Make sure the spinach is completely wilted before adding it to the filling.
  • Do not overcrowd the pie plate. The phyllo dough will not cook evenly if it is too thick.
  • Bake the pie until the phyllo dough is golden brown and crispy.

Ingredients include: Fillo (phyllo) dough, frozen spinach, feta cheese, garlic, and eggs.

This is really a narrative on the beauty and flavor of a few Italian cheeses, and this is why we’re here…

To talk about the beauty and flavor of Italian everything, so let’s do this.

It’s a simple cheese board that isn’t going overboard with anything, but you can add whatever you want.

Just keep these cheeses the star. 

Ingredients include: Tomino, gorgonzola dolce, gran kinara vegetarian parmesan, and parmesan.

This is an excellent resource for pulling out a couple of cans of green beans and transforming them into something new and delicious. 

But fast and easy, which are two things I can get behind.

Check out #5: Can it get easier than adding crisp bacon??

Ingredients include: Bacon green beans, Greek green beans, green bean casserole, Italian green beans, and more.

This spread is a blast of thick tomato flavor.
Maybe not the adjective everyone thinks of for how something tastes but this recipe has tomato paste AND sun-dried tomato.
It’s a concentrated flavor balanced by the brown sugar and dried basil; this would make an incredible foundation for bruschetta to go alongside your ravioli.

Ingredients include: Tomato paste, basil, garlic powder, brown sugar, and kosher salt.

Homemade preserved lemons are made by packing lemons with salt and herbs, and then letting them sit for several weeks. 

During this time, the lemons ferment and develop a unique flavor that is both sour and salty.

Preserved lemons can be added to soups, stews, tagines, and couscous. 

They can also be used to make vinaigrettes, marinades, and sauces. The possibilities are endless!

Making your own preserved lemons is a simple process that only takes a few minutes of prep work. 

They are a great way to use up lemons that are starting to look a little wrinkly.

So next time you’re looking for a way to add a touch of flavor to your cooking, reach for a jar of these homemade preserved lemons.

Ingredients include: Lemons, bay leaves, coarse kosher salt, and olive oil.

This recipe is so simple. 

Buy the brie wheel, pour on honey, and adorn it with crusty bread or toast corners or sturdy crackers. 

Don’t bother with the thyme unless you like eating the rind. 

It does smell good in the oven, though. 

Ingredients include: Thyme, honey, and brie.

100% savory, smoky, bacon-y, cheesy deliciousness right here. 

No bones about it; it will be a throwdown between everyone eating on this dip or waiting for the plates of ravioli to come out. 

Better double this batch.

Ingredients include: Cream cheese, mayonnaise, shredded cheddar cheese, green onions, and bacon.

Some days, I’m just trying to get vegetables in, ya know?

And if you’re at this point, go for the easy classics here, doctored up to be a bit more fresh and good. 

Ingredients include: Carrots, olive oil, onion, frozen peas, and garlic.

Keto and low-carb snackers, unite!

These are super easy—it’s basically melted perm in the oven or in a skillet.

You get natural round crisps that you wait to cool and transfer to an airtight container.

Here for the crunch I’ve been missing.

Ingredients include: Shredded parmesan cheese and seasoning of choice.

It wasn’t until I really started digging into foodie and recipe research that I found out about whipped goat cheese.

This is scrumptious, versatile, and really just a pretty, luxe-looking side for ravioli that can be served before, during, and after dinner. 

Yes, a three-in-one side dish that can serve as everything you’ll ever need.

There, I said it.

Ingredients include: Plain Greek yogurt, goat cheese log, honey, pistachios, and fresh berries.

I am a sucker for a pretty salad, especially because I know full well that getting my vegetable intake situated on a daily basis is NOT easy. 

So when I’m going for it, I’m all in. 

This recipe has it all: the look, smell, and taste plus fiber and nutrients.

Ingredients include: Basil, chickpeas, cucumber, kalamata olives, and sundried tomatoes.

I admit that I tend to see chia as the thing that starts off as seeds, turns gooey, and can replace an egg or make yogurt or pudding.

But it really is a versatile seed and absolutely makes this salad into a crisp wonderland of textures. 

Ingredients include: Avocado, cucumber, mixed greens, strawberries, and chia seeds.

All your pizza toppings in one luscious bowl, but without all that carby crust. 

You know the drill: what goes on a pizza can go on a salad, so use your favorites and go nuts.

Ingredients include: Pepperoni, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, romaine lettuce blend, and red onion.

I’m throwing it back to my roots right now; if you grew up Italian, you heard about progressive dinners and potlucks, and once instant pudding came on the scene, “salads” like these were EVERYWHERE.

They stick around because they are still easy, still tasty, and someone was smart enough to call it a salad, so it will sit next to other “green stuff” and definitely win.

Ingredients include: Instant pistachio pudding mix, canned pineapple, Cool Whip, pecans, and mini marshmallows.

So our favorite Friend (right?) reportedly ate the same thing every day on set, and it’s a gorgeous “green goddess” of a dressing and bowl of proteins and vegetables.

If we all could look like her just by eating this salad, what a wonderful world it would be indeed.

Until then, I’d better go use some moisturizer.

Ingredients include: Chickpeas, English cucumber, quinoa, chicken stock, and feta cheese.

Is it mild? Is it tart?

At first glance, it’s impossible to tell, but with the briny olives and lemon juice, I’m thinking it wins the sour game over the creamy, mild and lightly sweet mascarpone cheese.

And yet, both sides win, and I win, we all win with this extraordinary fresh take on ye ol’ spinach dip.

Ingredients include: Frozen spinach, mascarpone cheese, kalamata olives, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes.

Decadence comes in many forms, and this specifically incredible-looking open-faced appetizer makes me hungry.

If you want to make this less decadent, just cut these up into smaller servings, don’t skimp on the ingredients.

Ingredients include: Ciabatta, flank steak, bel paese Italian cheese, yellow pepper, and garlic.

Hear me out.

I love this recipe because it’s rich, velvety, smooth, with cooked buttery apples that are more like dessert than a side. 

Which makes this a great option for kids and adult kids who want one step up from applesauce.

The fragrance and flavor will wow you, I promise, just reduce the sugar if you are worried about a carb overload.

Saute five minutes longer than you think they need.

Ingredients include: Apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, cornstarch, and vanilla extract.

Oh boy, do I have a side dish for you! Grilled Radicchio Salad is the perfect complement to any ravioli dish. 

Picture this: slightly charred radicchio leaves that are still crispy, mixed with gorgonzola cheese crumbles and drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette. 

The combination of flavors and textures is so good that your mouth will thank you for this delicious addition to your meal.

Just be prepared for your guests to fight over the last bite!

Ingredients include: Radicchio, balsamic vinegar, gorgonzola cheese, dijon mustard, and salt.

What To Serve With Ravioli (202 BEST Sides)🍴

What To Serve With Ravioli (202 BEST Sides)🍴

You need the right side to elevate your ravioli to the next level, and these 202 easy side dishes give you excellent ideas for What To Serve With Ravioli! These convenient ravioli side dish ideas may require heating or combining but mostly come together quickly:


  • Bagged Caesar Salad kit. We like the kind that doesn’t have chopped lettuce since it has sturdy romaine and holds the dressing without wilting. Celery salt really makes the salad.
  • Premade soup. Reheat and serve before the ravs are ready, like a Progresso canned Minestrone or Italian Wedding or Pasta e Fagioli.
  • Bag of pre-washed fresh green beans. Cook per package directions. Add alongside in their own small dishes.
  • Bag of mixed frozen vegetables in their own sauce, like Green Giant Marinated Mushrooms.
  • Quick snack board. Manchego, asiago, and brie plus olives (I like black, but you may prefer green or kalamata), salami, folded prosciutto, and gherkins. Sturdy crackers if desired. Leave on the table before and during the meal.
  • Bag of baby carrots. These come ready to eat. Let’s cook ‘em. Place in a microwave-safe bowl, add 3 T water and steam on high for five minutes. Stir, poke with a fork, they should be soft. Season to taste: butter, salt, thyme.
  • Pop open a can of green beans and heat them up. They come already salted.
  • Air Fryer Mini Peppers. Dry roasting peppers adds a nice char, making them tender and sweet. Eight minutes in and out of the air fryer, three peppers per person.
  • Pack of brioche rolls from the bread section. Eat as is or butter and place face down in a skillet for a minute so they get soft and warm.


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I know, I know. Cucumber sandwiches and ravioli together? Just hear me out.

Let me share why cucumber sandwiches and ravioli can be a great pair.

Cucumber sandwiches provide a refreshing contrast to the ravioli’s rich and heavy flavors. 

The textures of the two complement each other well.

The soft, savory filling of the ravioli can be balanced by the crisp crunch of the cucumber sandwiches.

So, next time you’re wondering what to serve with ravioli, give cucumber sandwiches a try.

Ingredients include: White bread, cucumber, mayonnaise, paprika, and pepper.

Hold onto your hats, folks, because Air Fried Cheese Curds are about to take your ravioli game to a whole new level! 

Imagine biting into a crispy outer layer of seasoned breadcrumbs only to find a gooey and melty center of cheesy goodness. 

It’s like the ultimate appetizer and side dish all in one. 

And the best part? No deep frying is necessary! 

Air frying these babies not only makes them healthier, but it also means less mess in the kitchen. 

Let’s be honest; who doesn’t love cheese?

So go ahead and indulge in these little crispy bites of cheese heaven.

Ingredients include: Cheese curds, flour, panko breadcrumbs, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.

Garlic thyme cheese puffs are cheesy delights that will pair nicely with your ravioli.

These little pillows of deliciousness are bursting with flavor, with a crispy outer layer and a fluffy center filled with melted cheese, garlic, and thyme. 

The crispy texture of the puffs provides a nice contrast to the softness of the pasta, making for a satisfying and balanced meal.

These puffs are so addictive that you might have to hide them from your dinner companions to make sure you get your fair share.

Ingredients include: Flour, garlic, thyme, eggs, and goat cheese.

I usually like to give high-quality home chefs a boost with our recipes, but this one is from Jamie Oliver.

Smoky, creamy and luscious with toast points, this one is served for dipping.

You’ll need a grill to get this smoky flavor, and you can leave out the spicy chili pepper if you have a mixed crowd

Gotta have the fresh mint, fresh parsley, eggplant, and “courgette” though.

FYI, a courgette is a type of pale green or yellow summer squash that is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, typically harvested when it is small and tender. 

Courgettes are a good source of vitamins A, C, and potassium, they are low in calories and can be eaten raw, cooked, or baked.

So you can easily substitute zucchini or yellow squash for this. 

Ingredients include: Eggplant (aubergine), courgettes (squash), chilli pepper, fresh mint, and fresh parsley.

This is a straight-up snack or appetizer that is pure heaven and not too hard to make.

You just need to make sure the sugar doesn’t burn (two cheers for a toaster oven that’s easy to watch).

Eat them with or without the simple, sweet dip, but double the batch, because we are inviting ourselves to your house.

Ingredients include: Bacon, brown sugar, cream cheese, club crackers, and jam or preserves.

Lemon pepper sauce is a delicious and easy-to-make sauce that can be used with a variety of dishes.

This sauce is made with butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, and black pepper. 

It is simple to make and can be customized to your liking. 

For example, you can add more or less lemon juice, or you can use different types of pepper.

Lemon pepper sauce is a great way to add flavor to chicken, fish, or vegetables.

It can also be used as a dipping sauce or a marinade.

Lemon pepper sauce is delicious and simple to make and can be customized to your liking. 

So next time you are looking for a way to add flavor to your food, give our lemon pepper sauce a try. 

You won’t be disappointed!

Ingredients include: Lemon juice, garlic, thyme, butter, and pepper.

Tender meatballs are an acquired taste in my house. 

I grew up with firm meatballs and firm pasta, but there is something to be said for a kinder, gentler meatball.

Use this recipe as your new base for meatballs you can customize with your own favorite grated cheeses and seasonings.

Ingredients include: Ground beef, tomatoes, garlic, oregano, and breadcrumbs.

I always worry about cooking tenderloin so I cop out at the last minute and just slice it and pan saute to go over rice. 

But a seared thin tenderloin like this one is a joy to behold, just make sure you have your meat thermometer at the ready.

Ingredients include: Pork tenderloin, brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.

Buy pre-cut squash and baby carrots to help you get this creamy butternut squash soup on the table faster.
There’s no need to peel or dice the squash, and the baby carrots are already perfectly sized for snacking or adding to your favorite dishes.

Pre-cut squash and baby carrots are also a great way to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. 

Squash is a good source of vitamins A and C, and baby carrots are a good source of beta-carotene.

Don’t leave out the curry; it really amps up the sweet squash flavor here.

Ingredients include: Butternut squash, curry powder, pumpkin puree, carrots, and cream.

There’s really not a lot to this colorful soup, yet it’s flavor-packed, nutrient-filled and absolutely delicious.

Lots of tips for making this recipe at the link, plus help for storing, and reheating, plus what goes great with this soup. 

I can tell you right now that if you serve this soup as a starter before the ravs come out, there won’t be a sad person at the table.

Ingredients include: Butternut squash, yellow onion, lacinato kale, vegetable broth, and celery.

Have you ever had burrata before? I’ll never forget the first time I had it, and I got it completely by mistake, thinking it was “regular” mozz.

Burrata is mozzarella, yes, but it has a creamy, mildly sweet center that is part cheese, part cream.

It’s fragile and kind of expensive and absolutely incredible. 

We put together this list out of sheer love for our readers but also because we were hungry.

Ingredients include: Burrata crostini, burrata caprese salad, burrata cheesecake, baked burrata, and more.

An indulgent, lush sauce to either spread on your garlic bread pre-toasting, or to just add to the table in a few shallow ramekins.

Tear off chunks of your favorite store-bought italian bread and turn it into restaurant-style flavor with a bit of this decadent sauce.

Ingredients include: Garlic, salt, and unsalted butter.

Mmm, these are two ingredients I can get behind ANY time.

But add more cheese, some seasoning, roll it in a ball then roll it near my face, and I will be grabbing the crackers and heading for yum-ville.

Tamari is just a type of gluten-free soy sauce, so just use what you have on hand.

Ingredients include: Cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, colby jack cheese, green onions, and tamari.

I love simple, three-ingredient recipes. 

This is a hot dip, even better.

Use a jar of pesto. 

(We don’t always have time to bring out the fresh basil and food processor.)

I would definitely cook the cherry tomatoes along with heating everything up because I LOVE roasted tomatoes.

Maybe even roast them in the oven in a dry heat separately, then spoon them over all jammy and juicy. 

Use crackers or crudité, but pesto is a natural flavor marriage with a ravioli in tomato sauce.

Ingredients include: Cherry tomatoes, basil pesto, and cream cheese.

Escarole, spinach, and collard greens are so versatile and hearty for side dishes like this one. 

But you can swap out chard, turnip greens, or kale or any other sturdy green that will hold up under some savory heat.

Every pasta deserves a bit of mean-green fiber to help cut that richness, don’t you think?

Ingredients include: Collard greens, escarole, spinach, chicken broth, and parmesan cheese.

Aw, yisssss. 

I love a special cheese, and this is an Italian cheese of note!

Got a cheese shop near you? 

Give them a call to see if they have this Grana Padano and then break out the truffle oil for a really spectacular side dish for ravioli.

Ingredients include: Cherry tomatoes, grana padano riserva cheese, garlic, truffle oil, and onion.

This red and green salad with creamy pesto dressing is a refreshing and flavorful side dish for ravioli. 

The combination of two types of lettuce and fresh veggies provide a satisfying crunch and burst of color to your plate.

Ingredients include: Iceberg lettuce, basil, English cucumber, frozen peas, and buttermilk.

A Simple Burrata Caprese Salad is a perfect side dish to serve with ravioli. 

This salad features creamy burrata cheese paired with fresh basil and sweet grape tomatoes. 

It’s drizzled with high-quality olive oil and balsamic glaze for a perfect finish. 

Ingredients include: Burrata ball, grape tomatoes, basil, balsamic glaze, and olive oil.

Cucumber boats with Burrata Caprese is a refreshing raw recipe, ideal as a side dish for ravioli. 

Hollowed-out cucumber boats are filled with creamy burrata cheese, juicy tomatoes, and fresh basil. 

Ingredients include: Cucumber, grape tomatoes, basil, capers, and burrata.

Creamed Tuscan Kale is a rich and flavorful side dish that pairs perfectly with ravioli. 

This recipe features tender kale leaves cooked with sautéed shallots and simmered in heavy cream and then topped with grated Parmesan cheese. 

Ingredients include: Tuscan kale, shallots, minced garlic, nutmeg, and Parmesan cheese.

Lentil Tomato Stew with Turnips and Collard Greens is a side dish packed with flavor. 

The stew features tender lentils, turnips, and collard greens simmered in a savory tomato-based broth with cumin and smoked paprika.

 It’s a hearty, comforting and an ideal side to serve with ravioli on a cold winter night.

Ingredients include: Collard greens, small turnips, canned crushed tomatoes, bay leaves, and green lentils.

These meatballs are full of robust flavor, featuring a perfect balance of herbs and cheese. 

They are tender, juicy, and pair perfectly with a variety of sauces, making them a versatile and delicious side for ravioli. 

Ingredients include: Ground veal & pork, garlic, breadcrumbs, eggs, and parsley.

Indulge in the rich and creamy Tomato Mascarpone Sauce, ideal for serving with ravioli. 

This sauce boasts a tangy yet savory flavor profile that is sure to tantalize your taste buds. 

The smooth and velvety texture of the sauce provides a delightful contrast to the ravioli.

Ingredients include: Mascarpone cheese, tomato paste, dill, lemon juice, and salt.

Treat yourself to the delicious and simple Onion Pretzels. 

Unlike the traditional shape, these pretzels are formed into knots and coated with crispy fried onions and dried chives, adding an intense onion flavor to the soft and satisfying pretzel.

Ingredients include: Bread flour, fast action yeast, onion granules, chives, and crispy fried onions.

Indulge in the creamy and vibrant pumpkin soup, a tasty side dish for ravioli. 

In just 15 minutes, you can enjoy the delicious combination of pumpkin and sage, creating a savory and satisfying taste experience.

Ingredients include: Pumpkin puree, chicken broth, onion, sage, and heavy cream.

Infused with the flavors of white wine broth and a delightful mix of three seafood varieties, this chowder is fantastic side for your ravioli dinner. 

The seafood blend in the creamy broth creates an indulgent taste experience that will leave you wanting more.

Ingredients include: Cod, sea scallops, raw shrimp, Old Bay seasoning, and white wine.

Garlic knots are a delicious and easy-to-make side dish for ravioli. 

Using canned biscuits as the base, these knots are infused with a garlicky flavor and boast a chewy, texture. 

They’re perfect for soaking up any extra sauce left on the plate.

Ingredients include: Canned buttermilk biscuits, Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and butter.

Enjoy the tender and flavorful veal scallopini as a satisfying main dish that pairs perfectly with your ravioli. 

The veal is served in a rich, savory sauce that perfectly complements the meat’s delicate flavor. 

This dish is both elegant and satisfying, making it a perfect option for a special occasion.

Ingredients include: Veal scallopini, butter, all purpose flour, chili flakes, and fresh herbs.

This classic Italian relish is made with a variety of pickled vegetables, including peppers, carrots, and cauliflower, and can be made spicy or mild to suit your taste. 

Bursting with bold, tangy flavors and a satisfying crunch, it’s the perfect addition to ravioli. 

Ingredients include: Cauliflower, celery, carrots, red bell peppers, and serrano peppers.

This classic Italian relish is made with a variety of pickled vegetables, including peppers, carrots, and cauliflower, and can be made spicy or mild to suit your taste. 

Bursting with bold, tangy flavors and a satisfying crunch, it’s the perfect addition to ravioli. 

Ingredients include: Cauliflower, celery, carrots, red bell peppers, and serrano peppers.

This vibrant and zesty peperoncini chopped salad is a refreshing addition to your ravioli dinner. 

Made with crisp romaine lettuce, sweet peppers, tangy feta cheese, and a generous amount of chopped peperoncini, this salad packs a flavorful punch. 

Ingredients include: Peperoncini, garlic, white wine vinegar, romaine lettuce, and feta cheese.

Made with a colorful array of grapefruit, navel oranges, and mandarin oranges, each bite is a refreshing explosion of juicy sweetness. 

The addition of lemon juice and brown sugar provides a delightful balance of tartness and subtle sweetness, making it a light side dish.

Ingredients include: Grapefruit, navel oranges, mandarin oranges, lemon juice, and brown sugar.

Indulge in the creamy deliciousness of cheesy tomato mozzarella Caprese dip. 

Made with two types of cheese, fresh herbs, and tangy sour cream, this dip is a crowd pleaser.

The melted mozzarella cheese perfectly complements the juicy, tangy tomato flavors, while the herbs provide a savory, earthy note. 

Ingredients include: French bread baguettes, basil, tomatoes, garlic powder, and mozzarella cheese.

Fruit before, during, and after dinner is really an underrated side dish. 

Simple, refreshing and often a real palate cleanser, a seasonal fruit platter like this one is a great place to start when you are thinking about what to serve with ravioli.

Sub in all your favorites and what’s in season for an economical side dish.

Ingredients include: Cherries, grapes, peaches, kiwis, and watermelon.

Made with cooked fresh peppers and a dash of cream, this bold and tangy sauce is a recommended side for ravioli. 

Its rich and luxurious texture adds depth and flavor to every bite, making it a must-try for any pasta lover.

Ingredients include: Large peppers, olive oil, whole cream, salt, and parmesan cheese.

The soft and chewy pretzel bites are seasoned with garlic and Italian seasoning, and topped with a buttery blend of parmesan cheese and herbs. 

The standout feature of this recipe is definitely the irresistible parmesan topping, which adds a rich and savory flavor to each bite.

Ingredients include: Frozen pizza dough, baking soda, Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, and garlic powder.

In just 30 minutes, you can whip up a velvety-smooth soup with an earthy mushroom flavor and a touch of decadent truffle oil. 

This luxurious soup will take your ravioli dinner to new heights. 

Treat yourself to a taste of indulgence and impress your dinner guests with this mouthwatering recipe.

Ingredients include: Crimini mushrooms, shallots, chicken stock, Italian parsley, and black truffle oil.

This easy ravioli sauce is a thick and flavorful cream-based sauce with a hint of tomato flavor. 

The recipe includes simple seasonings and fresh or canned diced tomatoes, making it a quick and easy side dish for ravioli. 

Spoon it over your green vegetables too.

Ingredients include: Rotel tomatoes with green chilies, cream cheese, all purpose flour, tomato paste, and garlic.

Tender, flavorful, and crisp, these veal cutlets take only a few ingredients and a bit of prep to become a great signature dish alongside your ravioli. 

Ingredients include: Veal cutlets, flour, eggs, parmigiana cheese, and olive oil.

I will never forget my first bolognese.

My first thought was “why is this taking so long.”

And then when it all finally came together, I knew why: an exquisite sauce with creamy, layered flavors that just take the time. 

So it’s probably not something you’ll make on an average Tuesday night after work, but if you’re having company and want to make a statement, this recipe is for you.

Ingredients include: Ground beef, Italian sausage, tomato paste, beef broth, and pancetta.

This Sweet Bell Pepper Bruschetta recipe features a delightful blend of peppers, tangy balsamic vinegar, zesty capers, and fresh parsley. 

It’s a flavorful and easy-to-make appetizer that is sure to impress your guests.

Ingredients include: Sweet bell peppers, Italian flat-leaf parsley, capers, olive, white balsamic vinegar.

This Baked Mozzarella & Marinara Dip is a tasty and simple side dish for ravioli. 

This three-ingredient dip, made with marinara sauce, fresh spinach, and creamy mozzarella cheese, is bound to wow. 

Baked until hot and bubbly, it’s an excellent accompaniment to any pasta dish.

Ingredients include: Mozzarella cheese balls, baby spinach, olive oil, marinara sauce, and baguette.

Finished with smooth heavy cream, this soup is a warm and comforting addition to any meal. 

It has a velvety blend of roasted red peppers and smoked Gouda cheese, accented with savory herbs and spices. 

It goes well with ravioli and has a restaurant-quality flavor thanks to its authentic ingredients. 

Ingredients include: Red bell peppers, chicken broth, gouda cheese, heavy whipping cream, and basil.

This easy Italian Meat & Cheese Board 2 is a versatile and customizable companion for ravioli. 

The board features cured meats, cheeses, olives, roasted red peppers, and marinated artichoke hearts. 

The ‘recipe’ is a guide rather than a strict set of instructions, allowing for personalization and the addition of extra ingredients such as nuts or fresh fruits. 

Ingredients include: Soppressata, taleggio, gorgonzola dolce, sottocenere al tartufo, and capicola.

This Antipasto Salad is a flavorful side dish that pairs great with ravioli. 

This salad includes a tasty blend of meats, cheeses, and veggies. 

But what sets it apart is the special dressing, adding a tangy kick to the already delicious flavors. 

This salad has the right combination of textures that will leave you wanting more.

Ingredients include: Romaine lettuce, genoa salami, mozzarella balls, black olives, and pepperoncini peppers.

If you’re searching for a savory side that matches the flavor of your favorite ravioli, you’ve come to the right place!

This dish features ripe tomatoes topped with fresh mozzarella cheese and baked until golden brown. 

It’s then topped with a splash of tangy balsamic dressing, which adds a delicious twist to the classic tomato and cheese combo.

Ingredients include: Mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar, and oregano.

Enjoy the luxurious flavors and velvety texture of Bechamel Sauce, your new favorite partner for ravioli. 

Made from a handful of staple ingredients, this classic French sauce is rich, creamy, and nutty. 

Best of all, it takes just 10 minutes to put together. 

Ingredients include: Unsalted butter, all purpose flour, milk, salt, and nutmeg.

Still wondering what to serve with ravioli? 

Make this cheese bread!

Indulge in the savory and rich flavor of Asiago Gouda Cheese Bread, a top-notch side pair that will elevate your ravioli meal. 

Laden with two distinct cheeses, this bread boasts a complex flavor that’s further enhanced by adding jalapeño olive oil.

Ingredients include: French bread, asiago cheese, gouda cheese, butter, and jalapeno olive oil.

If you want a luxurious and flavorful dip to accompany your ravioli, Cream Cheese Truffle Dip is an excellent choice. 

The smooth and creamy texture of the cream cheese blends well with the tangy flavor of sour cream, while the truffle oil provides a bold, earthy aroma that makes this dip truly unique. 

Quick and easy to prepare, this delicious dip will be a hit with your dinner guests.

Ingredients include: Cream cheese, white truffle oil, sour cream, lemon juice, and chives.

Elevate your Italian dinner game with these Olive Oil Marinated Mozzarella Balls. 

These little balls of joy are marinated in high-quality extra virgin olive oil, then blended with garlic and herbs for a full-bodied, fruity taste.

The silky smooth texture of the mozzarella with the rich and delicious marinade, creates a party in your mouth that you won’t want to end.  

Ingredients include: Bertolli extra virgin olive oil, basil, oregano, thyme, and red pepper flakes.

You won’t want to miss this alfredo sauce recipe if you’re a fan of creamy pasta dishes.

With its velvety texture and rich flavor, this sauce perfectly complements any pasta dish.

Made with just a handful of ingredients, the sauce comes together quickly and easily.

When served together, alfredo sauce and ravioli create a perfect harmony of flavors and textures, making it a popular and classic dish in Italian cuisine.

Ingredients include: Heavy whipping cream, all purpose flour, whole milk, parmesan cheese, and unsalted butter.

If you’re looking for a luxurious and indulgent appetizer to serve at your next gathering, I highly recommend this Mushroom Truffle Artichoke Dip. 

The rich umami flavors of the mushrooms and truffle oil are perfectly balanced with the tanginess of the artichokes, making for a truly irresistible dip.

This dip is best served warm, and pairs perfectly with crusty bread, crackers, or fresh vegetables for dipping. 

Your guests will be raving about this decadent dip long after dinner is over.

Ingredients include: Mushroom Truffle Hunt seasoning, artichoke hearts, and cream cheese.

In the mood for a flavorful side dish that’s a bit more adventurous, I recommend trying these delicious venison meatballs.

Meatballs are versatile and can be served and used in a variety of ways.

These meatballs are made with lean and tender venison meat, which gives them a unique flavor that’s both rich and savory.

The ingredients are simple but effective.

So, if you’re a fan of bold flavors and want to try something a little different, these meatballs are definitely worth a try!

Ingredients include: Ground venison, ground pork, yellow onion, Italian seasoning, and almond meal.

The bottom line

Did you know that ravioli is actually a pretty old dish? 

The earliest known mention of it is in a French document from 1228. 

The word “raviole” actually comes from the French word “rave,” which means turnip.

Our “little turnips,” the ravioli. Too cute.

So whether you make your own ravioli or buy them frozen or get them fresh, what to serve with ravioli is the question of the day, and I hope that this epic list has helped you find meal inspiration!

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