Homemade Ravioli Pasta Dough

Sunday, September 2, 2018
A basic pasta dough recipe and traditional homemade Ricotta-filled dough, a family favorite.

We used to traditionally have these only for Holidays or special occasions.

A family favorite that has been handed down from generation to generation.

Easy to make, a little time consuming but so very worth the efforts!

Sometimes store-bought ravioli will do.

But the real deal is to make this soft pillow-like-filled pasta, homemade.

Tender pasta filled with fabulous flavored cheese inside topped with Traditional Italian Sunday Sauce.

this is a big pan of homemade ravioli with tomato sauce and fresh basil

The Sauce

Mom always said ravioli is best topped with Traditional and Classic Italian meat sauce.

You can make your own sausage-style meat bolognese sauce which has ground sausage in it or get a good brand that's store-bought.

I have topped them with marinara sauce, shredded mozzarella, and broiled the top with all that melted cheese heaven.

We also love to use an Alfredo sauce or Vodka Sauce, now and then for a change.

These ravioli are delicious with so many sauce toppings, we even love them with a little pasta water, butter, little pepper and loaded with grated cheese on top!

homemade tomato sauce with sausage and meatballs for pasta


Ravioli is an Italian pasta macaroni dough with a filling enveloped in the thinly rolled egg dough.

These shapes to make are commonly square, though other forms are also used, including circular and semi-circular.

The earliest writing on the recipe comes from Francesco di Marco, a merchant of Venice in the 14th century.

Typically, ravioli are boiled and served with a rich tomato meat sauce, although some parts of Italy bake their ravioli in cream sauces after boiling them.

ravioli in a blue colander


  • eggs
  • egg yolks
  • flour
  • water
  • oil
  • for filling:
  • ricotta
  • eggs
  • parsley
  • cheese
  • pepper
  • salt
  • mozzarella

ravioli with tomato sauce


Preparation for the dough.

Dump the flour in a pile on a work surface.

Make a deep, wide well in the center and pour in the eggs, olive oil, and salt.

Wash and dry your hands. Wrap the dough loosely in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours.

If you love ravioli you may also like Italian Fried Ravioli.

ravioli dough on a cutting board


  • It's hard to get them all the same size unless you have a machine Use a square cookie cutter with fancy edges or even used a round glass that's has a 3-inch width in size
  • seal edges with fork tines or a crimping tool
  • if using a mold spray with cooking oil first for easy removal
  • do not overuse flour or this will make the dough tougher
  • keep the dough covered when not in use with a wet dish towel so it doesn't dry out
  • roll the dough out to 1/4 inch in thickness
  • always salt the water
  • homemade ravioli cook quickly when they float to the top of the boiling water they are done
  • use any kind of sauce you prefer
  • check out our filling suggestions below for a variety this dough is very versatile
  • for baked ravioli boil them drain add to a baking dish and pile the top with mozzarella cheese and broil the top until browned  or use ravioli for a baked lasagna

these are homemade ravioli that are crimped with a fork on a cutting board with flour

Looking for Gourmet fillings?

  1. Try our filling combinations: for seafood use a scampi sauce instead of tomato sauce
  2. spinach and crushed meatballs in tomato sauce
  3. mushrooms with spinach and ricotta cheese
  4. butternut squash pureed, eggs, and nutmeg
  5. crab meat or lobster meat mixed with ricotta and grated cheese
  6. crushed sausage in tomato sauce
  7. meatballs crushed with tomato sauce
  8. ground beef cooked without sauce with grated cheese and garlic, eggs mixed 

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Mom's Recipe

As I said earlier, this is an easy recipe for ravioli dough that takes a little time and you will never buy them again.

The dough is delicious, soft, and nothing like anything you can buy.

Treat yourself and try mom's recipe.

Homemade Ravioli Pasta Dough

Yield: 35
prep time: 1 H & 25 Mcook time: 14 Mtotal time: 1 H & 39 M
These are delicious light egg dough to make Italian pasta called ravioli. The pasta has a Ricotta filling inside and is served with tomato sauce on top.


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • Put flour in a bowl, make a well in the center, add oil and eggs and yolks. Work enough water with your fingers to make a soft dough, mix till well blended. With floured board knead until smooth, cover rest for 1 hour. Do not over mix and knead just for a few minutes...till smooth.
  • Filling:
  • 3 lbs of Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated Romano Cheese and more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella shredded
  • Mix all together in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
  • Optional: red pepper flakes for garnish


How to cook Homemade Ravioli Pasta Dough

  1. On floured board, roll out dough thin 1/4 inch thick. Each square should be 2x3 inches. Or cut with a round fluted edge cookie cutter. I do the squares.
  2. Fill each square with 1 tablespoon of filling. Cover with another square, and seal with a fork around the edges.
  3. I prefer to freeze these on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  4. You can then place them after frozen in freezer bags or boil in salted water with, a little oil in the water to keep them from sticking together. 
  5. Boil until they float to the top. Drain, add to a large serving bowl top with the sauce.
  6.  Serve with Traditional Sunday Sauce
  7. Sprinkle the top with plenty of Romano Cheese that's freshly grated and garnish with red pepper flakes.
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2010. It was edited and re-published in 2018.


  1. Thanks, Claudia for posting the Ravioli recipe! I want to make some too. Bookmarked this for later use. Thanks again and hope you're having a fabulous weekend.
    Cheers, Kristy

  2. hi Claudia, good recipe for sunday lunch. This ravioli are beautiful

  3. Homemade ravioli...Claudia, that's a labour of love. I bet they taste heavenly!

  4. Oh, I want to eat dinner at your house, Claudia! Your ravioli looks incredibly delicious! Great job!!!

  5. Thanks for sharing this homemade comfort! I'm going to have to try it!

  6. not complicated - HA! well, not for you ... looks tender and delicious, maybe one day I will have time to make this, your recipe sounds like a favorite to keep

  7. I think of cooking as therapy as well, especially with something so delicate as ravioli-making. Your's look perfect, as if they were made in factory and not by hand, great job! I'd love to have Sunday dinner at your house if these were on the menu, lol :)

  8. Your raviolis look incredibly delicious! I admire the fact you still make them by hand, and I'm with you it's pure therapy.

  9. Claudia - great post! I've been wanting to try my hand at homemade ravioli. There's nothing like homemade pasta, the texture is undeniable.

  10. I've never made my own pasta, but I really really want to try ravioli! This may be a holiday treat this year -- thanks for posting these tasty goodies, Claudia!

  11. Claudia,
    Home made pasta is always a treat, these look great, the ravioli is wonderful!

  12. Nice, Claudia. I've yet to make my own homemade pasta. I love ricotta filled ravioli though, so I'm going to bookmark this. I know I'll get around to it one of these days;-)!

  13. You are my Foodbuzz friend, and I'm so glad I looked up your blog, all because of the wonderful ravioli you made. Thank you for sharing!
    Great recipes...also enjoyed watching the video of your yummy sizzling meatballs, and sausage!

  14. This ravioli dish looks superb Claudia. Very delicious!
    I am tagging you for eight questions for eight bloggers! Head over to my blog and find out what you have to do.

  15. I'll bet this ravioli is so tender. What a wonderful family recipe, Claudia!

  16. How timely! I just saw a recipe for butternut squash and sage ravioli over at another blog and I HAVE to make. Your family recipe looks wonderful.

  17. I can't wait to try this! I have been wanting to make fresh ravioli. Thanks!!

  18. I love home made ravioli!!!I am going make it the soonest possible!
    best regards from Crete!!!

  19. Claudia thanks for posting your recipe. I have been really interested in trying to make my own pasta. Since my husband love ravioli this would be the perfect start. Looks so delicious. I love your little Christmas countdown gadget on the side, so cute and it's coming so soon.

  20. Oh well, there goes my Hubby...is your doorbell ringing yet? He loves ravioli...especially with Ricotta.
    You did a fabulous dish...buon appetito ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,

  21. What memories these evoke. They look delicious.

  22. I love cheese ravioli best of all! This looks just too amazing for words. Home made too, from scratch. Incredible!

  23. Ive never made my own pasta and you make it look so simple! I think I've always been intimidated by the process.. maybe I'll have to give it a go!

  24. I only do cheese ravioli or cheese and spinach - why do we tend to make what our grandmother's made? I do use a hand-cranked pasta roller to get the thin dough. I have no patience. This just warms my heart. Am toying with doing this as Thanksgiving's first course...

  25. Your ravioli look pretty perfect from here! One of my favorites, I'm inspired to try making them now!

  26. Pasta therapy...nice!
    Love homemade pasta and ravioli is a favorite :) These look wonderful...

  27. Oh that looks just delicious. My grandmother used to make her own home made raviolis and I'd help as a kid. Seeing those pictures brings back such fond memories.

  28. I could never eat ravioli any other way! Thank you for this recipe!

  29. I love homemade pasta and I'm excited about this ravioli recipe. Thanks so much for sharing!


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