March 26, 2011

Crispy Ravioli with Italian Salsa

ravioli 3

I learned a valuable lesson over this past week while I was sick. It’s nothing virtuous or useful, some knowledge or skill that will benefit me in the future. Humanity as a whole will remain unchanged by this personal realization and the world will continue spinning just as it had before I contracted a stomach virus. Really, the only people it affects are those closest to me and they are already well aware of it. Wondering exactly what I discovered about myself during the course of this brief illness?

prep ingredients

I am terrible at being sick. All pretenses of patience or normal conversation skills fly out the window the second I’m in pain. Or get the sniffles, or feel nauseous, or dizzy, or congested, or coughy, or any other unpleasant symptom.

While sick, the best trait I can muster is sleepy. All other emotions are veiled behind sleepy. You bring me a Sprite, you get a sleepy smile of thanks. You change the channel from Turner Classic Movies, you get a sleepy scowl, plus a spiteful cough aimed in your general direction. You’re the unfortunate nurse at the doctor’s office, you get some sleepy mumbles from underneath a hooded sweatshirt slumped in an uncomfortable chair.

ravioli 2

I can’t say why sleepy is my go-to state while sick, but I think it’s a survival mechanism. Rather than sit around and just be sick, I can take a nap and pass a few hours. Plus, in this case, it was rather nice to catch up on some much-needed zzz’s now that I’m well into the spring semester. Almost comforting, in a way, if you ignore the whole “stomach virus” part.

frying ravioli

Speaking of things that are comforting and don’t involve stomach viruses (and speaking of truly fantastic transition sentences), crispy ravioli certainly fits the bill. You’ve got pasta, first of all, which everyone knows is pretty much the ultimate comfort food. Then it’s filled with earthy wild mushrooms. Yum. Finally—just because that’s not crazy awesome enough on its own—those little pockets of savory deliciousness are coated in Italian breadcrumbs and pan fried until crunchy and golden.

open ravioli

And then you dip them in Italian salsa.

It’s a glorious mixture of crushed tomatoes, red onion, garlic, parsley, basil, cayenne, and brown sugar that makes your taste buds dance for joy. Thanks to the crisp texture of raw onion and the vibrant punch of fresh herbs, this condiment is completely different from any sort of marinara dipping sauce that you usually encounter with fried Italian dishes. Instead, it’s this cool mixture of Mexican-style salsa and cocktail sauce. To put it plainly, Italian salsa is super duper yum.

italian salsa

Are you drooling? Tummy growling?

Don’t worry, it’s a completely normal reaction. Tasty ravioli—creamy mushroom filling and crispy, breadcrumbed exterior—will definitely give you that warm, smiley feeling. Drooling and tummy rumbles are a typical symptom that you’re experiencing ravioli deficiency. The only cure is to make this recipe as soon as possible.

Like, now.


ravioli dip

Crispy Ravioli with Italian Salsa

Adapted from “Crispy Medallione with Fresh Italian Salsa” from Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen Cookbook

Printable Recipe

For Crispy Ravioli:

2 9-ounce packages ravioli (about 20, use any flavor you like—I used wild mushroom)

3/4 cup buttermilk

1 1/2 cups Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs

Extra virgin olive oil

For Italian Salsa:

1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium red onion, finely chopped

handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped

handful fresh basil, finely chopped

2-3 tablespoons brown sugar

dash of cayenne pepper

salt and pepper, to taste

For Italian Salsa

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and chill.

For Crispy Ravioli

Cook ravioli according to package instructions. Drain and allow to slightly cool.

Pour the buttermilk in a medium bowl and pour the breadcrumbs in another medium bowl. Dip each raviolo in the buttermilk, then in the breadcrumbs, coating well.

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the ravioli in the skillet until crispy and golden brown. Drain on paper towels on a plate, sprinkling with a bit of salt.

Serve warm with Italian salsa.


  1. Crispy ravioli?! Goodness gracious. That looks freakin amazing. Seriously! They look delicious.

  2. It's impossible to stay around me when I'm sick...that's maybe why I try to compensate with baked goods when I'm not lol
    I'm in love with these crispy ravioli. I need to make them soon

  3. I love your crispy ravioli! Very very tempting! And the salsa looks so delicious and refreshing.

  4. Love the italian salsa, yes I'm drooling, great pictures! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  5. Holy cow, does that ever look good! A fantastic party snack.

  6. Drooling? Yes! Tummy grumbling? Yes! How gorgeous are these ravioli. How clever of you to pan fry them. I've had a miserable cold so a salsa that is going to make my tastebuds dance for joy is exactly the thing!

  7. OMG!!! I seriously want to jump through the screen. This looks ah-mazing!! Must.Make.Now:)

  8. I love the crispy texture of your ravioli, very yummy!

  9. I'm in class right now (clearly paying attention), and I'm so hungry that I'm getting lightheaded. It doesn't help that this recipe looks absolutely delicious. Definitely will try.

  10. Oh my gosh. Those pictures are gorgeous! And the raviolis sound great. I know my boyfriend would absolutely love these! So crispy mmmm...

  11. Yum! And yes, I am drooling! This looks amazing!
    Sorry you weren't feeling well. At least you did get some rest like you had mentioned.

  12. this italian salsa is awesome! I am in love with your ravioli......and soooooo hungry right now......

  13. WOW this looks amazing. The pictures are making my mouth water! Thanks for sharing.

  14. Koci darling... LOVE this recipe. I'm going to try this for my next tapas party! Wish you lived closer and you could join the in. :)


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