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.