13 Healthy Ravioli Fillings (and an Easy Way to Make Them)

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Making ravioli can be a snap if you use my trick of swapping out wonton wrappers for homemade pasta dough.  Wonton wrappers are found in the cold food area of the produce aisle (usually also where you would also find tofu). 

Pick up round, rectangular and square shapes to mix up your ravioli.  My favorite are the rectangular shaped wrappers because I can fill one half then do a quick egg wash glue and fold over to seal.  The round and square ones are smaller, so I place filling in the middle of one, spread egg wash on the edges, then top with another wonton wrapper.

A tip: Don’t throw out leftover chicken, fish or beef.  Keep it for ravioli filling! Instead of a second night rerun meal, you turn leftovers into a premiere.  Use my recipe for Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken as a base for some of the ideas below.  Get the kids involved and make an assembly line, soon you will have enough to freeze or share with the neighbors.

Prepping your ravioli:
Instead of using a whole egg as the glue to hold the ravioli together, opt for egg substitute or egg whites.  I like to add 1 teaspoon of water to each egg white or 1 tablespoon of egg substitute to thin it out.  Press down the edges with your fingers or a fork.

When filling the wontons, keep the package covered with a damp towel so they don’t dry out.  Wrap and freeze any unused wonton wrappers for up to two months. 

Cooking your ravioli:
Bring water to a boil before adding the ravioli.  Add them one at a time so they don’t stick together, then give them a stir.  Don’t allow them to boil rapidly; if the water has too much movement, the ravioli will break open.  Ravioli will give you a sign when they are cooked: They will float to the top of the water.

Now you're ready to start cooking. You can use your favorites, such as cheese, spinach, or sausage, but you can also get creative and start cleaning out the fridge to fill your ravioli.

Here are some non-traditional but super delicious fillings:
  1. Roasted butternut squash with a pinch of sage and nutmeg
     
  2. Rotisserie chicken with buffalo Greek yogurt sauce     
     
  3. Cooked chopped shrimp with parsley, Parmesan cheese and an pinch of cayenne
     
  4. Sautéed spinach and baby portabella mushrooms and a pinch of nutmeg
     
  5. Steamed spinach with rotisserie  chicken, chopped walnuts, and Parmesan cheese
     
  6. Shredded zucchini with chopped fresh thyme, and goat cheese
     
  7. Roasted garlic and mushrooms with ricotta cheese – add extra flavor with earthy mushrooms such as shiitake or porcini
     
  8. Chicken club: shredded chicken with diced tomato, sharp cheddar cheese, and Canadian bacon
     
  9. Wilted escarole with chopped zucchini, vegetarian sausage and diced tomatoes
     
  10. Chopped lean steak with sautéed broccoli and mushrooms
     
  11. Chopped lean steak with shredded carrots, mushrooms and light soy sauce
     
  12. Diced cooked apples with cinnamon, nutmeg and pecans
     
  13. Blueberries tossed with lemon zest and ricotta cheese
Pick your favorite and get to filling. 

To serve, pair the savory ones with a tomato sauce or get creative. Serve with a small amount of veggie or chicken stock or with a light cream sauce (such as the one I use in my Alfredo swap). For sweet ravioli, serve as is, with a drizzle of thinned-out jam, or with fruit.

You can even bake your ravioli after they're cooked. Mist with cooking spray and bake at 375 until crispy, about 10 minutes.

Dinnertable trivia: Ravioli is plural; raviolo is the singular version.  

What is your favorite way to fill ravioli?
 
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Comments

HEALIN1 11/12/2018
I just made acorn squash & sweet potato, delicious Report
DJ4HEALTH 8/22/2018
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DEE107 6/19/2018
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FISHGUT3 5/25/2018
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GARDENSFORLIFE 3/3/2018
Great article! Report
Mighty tasty Report
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Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
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I need to try somebody's ravioli feelings. Report
This sounds great! Report
Great ideas. I'm going to try this. Report
I've made this kind of ravioli, and it was a super hit at my house. Thanks for the additional filling ideas. Report
Love this post. Very useful. I think it would benefit from pictures though. Report
Changing the wrapper from pasta to wonton means they are no longer ravioli. The dumpling family had many variations - almost every ethnic background has some form of dumpling using any number of different types of wraps. Look it up. Report
Now all I need is to come up with a Keto version for wraps. Report
Some of these look very good Report
I never knew you could do fruity raviolis! Report
I love ravioli! Report
I love Ravioli but always wanted to know how to make it....can't wait to try it!! Report
They sell fresh pasta sheets now to make ravioli or tortellini that work out much better. Report
Soem great ideas that I will have to try. Report
I love pasta.. especially ravioli so I am glad they are giving us some ideas we can use! Report
LCERTUCHE
I made some like this using pumpkin and sage filling. It was incredible but time consuming. Report
Great idea will try it this week! I'd about given up ravioli because they're usually stuffed with cheese. I have some wrappers in the freezer and spinach & mushrooms and marinara sauce in the frig, am all set. Report
TOMSTUMP
great ideas Report
I love this idea! I need to check the ingredients of won ton wrappers are they vegan by chance? Any one know of a vegan dough recipe? Report
FOXGLOVE999
I make my own lobster ravioli, but I make fresh pasta dough, I don't use wonton wrappers. Wonton wrappers are made with AP flour, I make my pasta with semolina. Report
I made apple-raisin baked ravioli recently with wonton wrappers -- for the filling, I just chopped the apples and cooked them on the stove with a bit of water, cinnamon, and raisins. It really satisfied my craving for apple pie, and it was sweet enough without any of the added sugar~ Report
Neat ideas. I may actually try this!
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I make pumpkin ones with wonton wrappers. My Boyfriend loves them! Report
The butternut squash and sage sounds so yummy...and using wanton wrappers---great idea!
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but isn't ravioli , fattening?
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2DIETORNOT2DIET
I was helping my mom make ravioli's for as long as I can remember, I was the sealer when I was young those jobs changed as she got older I'm in my mid sixty's now have very fond memories of our times making things together when I was a kid. Report
I hate to cook. LOL Report
SHAKESALOT
good ideal Report
BANNERMAN
Thanks Report
I am willing to try anything as I think Chef Boyardee and the prepared frozen (supposedly "better") varieties are equally disgusting. Report
yum... ravioli filled with lobster or crab. that's a personal favorite. I also like ravioli filled with spinach and gorganzola cheese. yummers. Report
I love the heart-shaped idea for Valentine's day! Thanks for the inspiration! Report
Making heart-shaped homemade ravioli for Valentine's, so this was very timely! Thanks so much! Report
Yummy! Report
Super ideas. I'm going to be trying these soon. Thank you! Report
Great Ideas :-) Report
These filling ideas sound so good! I was a little hesitant when I read you use wonton wrappers, but I looked up the difference between wonton and Italian ravioli dough and it looks like there's just more egg in ravioli dough. I can deal with out that, fewer calories anyway! Report