What to Serve with Ravioli?
While the Italians have given the world many dishes to love and cherish, ravioli is in itself one of a kind. This pasta is unlike others as it is filled with delicious stuffing which can range from meat, fish, and cheese to vegetables. Served with a complementary sauce, ravioli are perfect for all occasions. They are also traditionally square in shape but that can be altered according to the occasion.
And while ravioli are great on their own, a side dish only amplifies the experience of having the dish! Of course, what the side dish will be depends wholly on the filling and sauce of your ravioli. But there are so many possibilities, it is almost always impossible to choose from! Hence, we imagine, if you are planning to make ravioli, you must be in a turmoil. But fear not, we have listed some excellent side dishes for ravioli, just for you!
Our Top Five Ravioli Side Dishes:
Classic Garlic Bread
If you are looking for an excellent way to round up a meal, go with the classic garlic bread. Not only is it easy to make, the prep time can be as low as five minutes!
Like all pasta dishes, ravioli too can be served with this fantastic, garlic flavored bread. The taste of the garlic, butter, cheese and garnished herbs from the bread will greatly complement almost any type of sauce you cook your ravioli with. It will especially win hearts if the sauce is made from fresh tomatoes – the tang of the sauce will get balanced by the garlic bread.
Cheese ravioli with marinara sauce is a great dish to pair with garlic bread. If you are a fan of spinach and ricotta ravioli, then you should waste no time in wondering what to serve with this particular ravioli! Prepare a good few pieces of garlic bread and you will be good to go!
When perusing what to eat with ravioli, the first that should pop into your mind is a good bowl of salad – spring salad. Now, we all know that the key to good health is all in the hands of the green veggies. But did we know that they also make a great side dish for ravioli?
If you are trying to eat healthy, there is no better way than serving your ravioli with spring salad. The vegetables will not only bring about a ton of flavors and variety to the table but also provide much-needed nutrition. Also, it will be difficult to miss out on the freshness brought about by the salad.
It also requires minimum effort to put together – a few veggies, nuts, some cheese (optional) and a choice dressing is all you will need. And of course, what salad is complete without some herbs?
Also, no need to stress about what vegetables to use – the seasonal vegetables will give you some marvelous options. Or you could follow the countless salad recipes online as a side dish for your ravioli. Some may even include a few of your favorite veggies.
However, the best part is that spring salads work with any kind of ravioli, be it lobster, cheese or crabs. Hence, you will not even have to sweat a second wondering if it will fail to pair with the Italian dish.
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Garlic Parmesan Green Beans
Here is yet another ravioli side dish that will put many of the other dishes to shame – garlic parmesan green beans. Green beans are important members of the vegetable community – they can be paired with almost any ingredient imaginable. When made into a dish, they are to be thanked for the crunch and taste they provide. Add in a bit of minced garlic and grated parmesan cheese to the mix, you have yourself a magnificent side dish for your home-cooked ravioli.
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While we are on this subject, the garlic parmesan green beans will make the perfect side for cheese ravioli in cheese sauce. The richness of the ravioli will need to be balanced and the delicious green beans will do just that. And we can guarantee, every bite of that dish will prove that to you repeatedly.
Egg-free Caesar Salad
Coming back to salads once more, we realize that the stuffed Italian pasta could use yet another side salad. And this time, we have come up with another fine choice – egg-free Caesar salad!
This side dish will easily be a favorite of salad freaks and also those who are on a time crunch. The best part about this is that it can be whipped up in a small amount of time because it involves no eggs. Just have the Italian bread and romaine lettuce ready and dress it with the eggless dressing – no hurry and no hassle.
You may be wondering if the absence of eggs may alter the taste of this renowned salad. But the good news is that it most certainly will not. So, it is a win-win for you from every angle possible. And need we really mention that it will complement the dish so very much?
We recommend pairing the spinach and ricotta ravioli with the egg-free Caesar salad. It will allow you to save much time and effort.
No-knead Sourdough Rolls
We had to include yet another end-of-the-meal dish to the list. And who better to take the place other than sourdough rolls? And we are not talking about just any sourdough rolls – these rolls are all “no-knead”.
Making bread requires some amount of effort, most of which is invested in kneading the dough. So, imagine having some delicious sourdough rolls without having to waste a ton of your time and energy! Then if that is not enough, how about their unique textures and the characteristic sour taste that makes the sourdough bread rolls so incredible?
For us, that is definitely one of the best side dishes for ravioli. It may look very similar to our normal bread but sourdough has its own distinct flavor. However, when the bread absorbs the ravioli sauce, that flavor only enhances the sauce’s taste and most certainly does not overpower it.
In addition, no-knead sourdough bread rolls can work well with any kind of sauce – be it cheese or tomato-based or any other kind of sauce.
So these were some of our most favorite side dishes to serve with ravioli. Hopefully, now you have the answer to “what to serve with ravioli”. On another note, we do feel obligated to inform you that there are many more dishes you could go for. For example, lobster ravioli with creamy polenta on the side. Another item could be charred sugar snap peas served, again, with lobster ravioli.
It will be best if you make your dish based on the filling and the type of sauce you will be using. Any lobster or crab filling would need a bit of acid from citrus fruits. If you are going for a butternut squash ravioli, have a side dish that has sage or fall flavors (nutmeg, maple, etc.) in it. The point is to be smart and research. And that will be the key for you to become a successful ravioli chef.