I love recipes that only require a few ingredients and a little bit of work. Nobody wants to be in the kitchen, fumbling over a complicated recipe, when you’ve got company coming over. If you’re looking for one of the easiest recipe ideas, this Oven Fried Ravioli appetizer is where it’s at! Dip the ravioli into an alfredo sauce or marinara for a delicious bite-size snack that everyone loves.
I’m not Italian and I’ve got no shame in using store-bought refrigerated ravioli. That’s why this appetizer is so easy – you’re starting off with much of the work already done. Traditionally, you’d make your own pasta. This recipe isn’t about that. It’s about making a simple, yet still impressive, dish that you can serve with people are coming over.
I’ve made this fried ravioli for game day and for holidays. It even works for cocktail hours too. People love easy finger food that they can grab without a mess. My Husband will grab a handful of these, while watching the game, and not even realize how many he’s eaten because they’re that perfect size to pop into your mouth.
Looking for even more great appetizer ideas? Here are some that our family always makes:
How To Make Oven Fried Ravioli As An Appetizer
You can make this appetizer right before serving, so it’s hot and fresh. Traditional fried ravioli requires a deep fryer, but you’re going to save time (and a mess) by using the oven. Plus, you’re not left with oily ravioli. I love that this pasta is left more toasted tasting than oily.
What To Serve With Oven Fried Ravioli
I like to serve several options for dipping sauce. You can do an alfredo sauce, marinara, a meat sauce or even pesto. Pick some up at your grocery store or make it homemade. A great homemade marinara sauce can be kept in the freezer and portioned out whenever you want to use some – which is really convenient.
How To Store Leftover Ravioli
If you have any leftovers, you can keep it in the refrigerator. You can reheat it in the oven again or you can use a toaster oven to get back the nice crisp texture. I’d steer clear of the microwave because you’ll end up with soggy pasta.
Can You Freeze Fried Ravioli?
Yes, if you have leftovers you can freeze it for up to three months. Let it thaw in the refrigerator before following reheating instructions – like the toaster oven or oven.
What You Need From The Grocery Store:
- Refrigerated Cheese Ravioli (9 oz)
- Italian-Style Bread Crumbs
- Parmesan Cheese
- Sauce for Dipping (alfredo, marinara)
- Optional Garnish: Italian Flat-Leaf Parsley
Step-by-Step Directions To Make Oven Fried Ravioli
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 Tablespoon Water
- 1 Cup Italian-Style Crispy Bread Crumbs
- 1/3 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 Package (9 oz) Refrigerated Cheese Ravioli
- Preheat oven to 400°. Line jelly roll pan with foil. Place a cooling rack on top of foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- In small bowl, beat egg and water with whisk. In shallow dish or pie plate, mix bread crumbs and cheese.
- Dip each ravioli into egg mixture and then into bread crumb mixture, pressing crumbs lightly to adhere to ravioli; place on rack.
- Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until ravioli are crisp and edges are slightly browned. Garnished with chopped Italian parsley, if desired. Serve with dipping sauces
Store leftovers in an air-tight container and refrigerate. Reheat using a toaster oven or oven.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 85Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 190mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 4g
**Nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.