This scrumptious Chicken Ravioli with Creamy Tomato Sauce is an elegant and gourmet meal you can make at home.
Recently I picked up some prepared chicken ravioli from the freezer section at the grocery store thinking it would be good to have on hand for a quick meal. I quickly regretted that decision because as soon as I took my first bite of this ravioli I realized it was disgusting. Like, something went terribly wrong somewhere in the manufacturing process. I can’t even describe it to you but it was one of the grossest things I’ve tasted in a while, so bizarre. I knew I had to remedy that sour taste of bad ravioli by making it from scratch, and this chicken ravioli with creamy tomato sauce is the perfect solution.
Yes, making ravioli from scratch is neither quick nor super easy. It makes quite a mess. But it can be a fun mess, and I’ve written a video post on how to make and roll out pasta dough AND one on how to make ravioli so if you’re scared, don’t be. If you can’t do homemade pasta dough, just use wonton wrappers which can be found in the refrigerated section at most grocery stores. And if you don’t even have time for that, at least try this sauce recipe out. It’s super simple and delicious.
Taste: Savory, garlicky, tangy, cheesy, and fresh. Each taste on your tongue is so complementary, they all just belong together.
Texture: The pasta is perfectly al dente, you really can’t beat homemade pasta. I love how the filling just bursts in your mouth and that the chicken is finely shredded instead of ground, it makes for such a better texture in my opinion. The luscious sauce just takes everything to the next level.
Ease: Homemade ravioli is time consuming and hands-on, but it can be a fun weekend project. If you don’t have a pasta roller or need to save time, feel free to use wonton wrappers. They aren’t quite as wonderful as homemade pasta but they get the job done.
Appearance: Like something you’d get at a restaurant! Don’t forget the parsley on top, we truly eat with our eyes!
Pros: Elegant and gourmet food at home.
Cons: Time consuming and hands-on.
Would I make this again? I made some extra and froze them!
How to make Chicken Ravioli with Creamy Tomato Sauce
For the ravioli:
1 cup finely shredded chicken
3/4 cup chopped fresh spinach
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
2 teaspoons garlic powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
fresh pasta dough sheets OR wonton wrappers
2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
For the sauce:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large shallot (or medium onion), finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 cup heavy cream
For the ravioli:
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the parsley and pasta dough. Fill the ravioli according to these directions, or use a ravioli maker. Keep the ravioli covered until you’re ready to cook. If using wonton wrappers, brush the edges of the wonton wrapper with water. Place about 1 heaping teaspoon of the filling in the center. Top with another wonton wrapper. Press firmly to seal. The ravioli can be refrigerated until ready to use. You can also freeze the ravioli until firm, place in an airtight container, and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
For the sauce:
Heat the olive oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for about a minute. Add in the tomato sauce, salt, pepper, and sugar. Stir to combine. Cook over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and stir in the cream.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a gentle boil. Cook the ravioli for 2 minutes, or until al dente. If using frozen ravioli, cook for 5 minutes, or until al dente.
Divide the ravioli among plates. Top with the tomato sauce. Garnish with the parsley. Serve.
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