Ravioli (plural; singular: raviolo) are
a type of filled
pasta composed of a filling sealed
between two layers of thin pasta dough.
The filling may be meat-based (either red or poultry), fish-based, or
cheese-based. Ravioli can be rectangular, triangular, half-moon or circular in
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Other traditional Italian fillings include
ricotta mixed with grated
cheese and vegetables such as spinach, swiss chard, or nettles or they may be a
puree made of potatoes, mushrooms, pumpkin, chestnut or artichokes.
Ravioli are often topped with a red tomato-based sauce. More delicate fillings
are often paired with sage and melted butter, or more rarely with
Today, ravioli are made in
worldwide industrial lines supplied by Italian companies such as Arienti &
Cattaneo, Ima, Ostoni, and Zamboni. "Fresh" packed ravioli usually have seven
weeks of shelf life. Canned ravioli is arguably the
most widely available form of ravioli available in cultures where ravioli is not
a common dish. This type of ravioli is filled with either beef or processed
cheese and served in a tomato, tomato-meat, or tomato-cheese sauce. Canned
ravioli has more in common with other canned pastas than with traditional
ravioli dishes. Its roots are in traditional American "red sauce"
Italian-American restaurants opened by Italian immigrants in New York and other
Similar foods in other cultures include the Chinese
wonton, the Russian
pelmeni, the Ukrainian
vareniki, the Tibetan momo, the Turkish
Maultaschen, and Jewish kreplach.
Preparation of home-made ravioli with ricotta.