Fall is here and now’s the perfect time to make homemade vegan ravioli! Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned cook, assembling it is a fun and rewarding culinary task. Discover valuable tips, essential ingredients, and necessary tools for making perfect pasta. While you’re here, explore a curated collection of some of the best plant-based recipes to try at home, as well as some of the top vegan ravioli brands available in stores.
Every year when Summer fizzles out and Fall arrives, I start to make batches of ravioli. It’s an annual ritual and process that I love. When the air is crisper, all of those warm carbs just hit the spot.
If you’ve never made ravioli at home and feel intimidated by the process, don’t be! This guide will usher you through the process of creating your own vegan pasta dough (it’s pretty simple), kneading it (so relaxing), rolling it out, and filling it with whatever you want.
With this annual ritual comes a big payoff: tons of ravioli that can be frozen and used later for several dinners. It also makes a thoughtful gift for friends or family members. Let’s dive into the cozy and satisfying process of making these carby pillows!
Homemade Vegan Ravioli Guide
We’ll go over some essential tools and ingredients, how to create a pasta dough with the perfect consistency, a step-by-step tutorial, and what to fill your ravioli with. Included are some of the best vegan ravioli recipes (including a gluten-free option), the best vegan ravioli brands (if you’d like that convenience), and some recipes for sauces to serve with it. And bread! Ugh, I’m hungry … let’s dig in!
Here’s a list of some tools needed to make ravioli at home. Note that you will only need certain items here based on the way you choose to assemble your ravioli.
Mixing bowls for ravioli fillings (like ricotta cheese, pumpkin, or vegan sausage): Large prep bowls are essential for combining and blending ingredients to create the filling for the ravioli.
Food processor: A food processor is used to efficiently mix and process the dough ingredients. Depending on your filling, you’ll need it for chopping or pureeing ingredients.
Large work surface for kneading dough: A spacious countertop or work surface is ideal for kneading and rolling out the ravioli dough to the desired thickness.
Bench scraper: A bench scraper helps with the dividing of dough, ensuring uniform ravioli sizes.
Pasta roller attachment, pasta machine, or rolling pin: This tool is used to roll out the processed ravioli dough to ensure consistency in thickness. I use a Kitchen Aid pasta roller attachment for rolling out pasta, and love it.
Damp towel or cling wrap: Covering the dough with a damp towel or cling wrap prevents it from drying out while you work on assembling the ravioli.
Pastry or piping bag with a broad tip: A pastry bag with a broad tip is used to dispense the ravioli filling (for things like pumpkin, squash, or vegan ricotta) onto the dough, ensuring even distribution.
Pastry cutter or wheel: This can be used to cut the dough into individual ravioli squares or shapes.
Baking sheet and silpat or parchment paper: A baking sheet lined with a silpat or parchment paper can be used to place the assembled ravioli before cooking, preventing sticking. You can allow the ravioli to dry out a bit and then place it into the freezer. Once frozen, they can be transferred to a Ziploc bag or container.
Large pot for boiling ravioli: A large pot is necessary for boiling the ravioli. Having a larger pot allows the ravioli to move around a bit and prevents overcrowding and sticking.
The essential ingredients for pasta dough are straightforward and simple. There is typically a 1:1 ratio of semolina to 00 flour, but feel free to adjust that to find the texture you like or find easiest to work with.
00 Flour: 00 flour, often referred to as doppio zero flour, is a finely milled Italian wheat flour. It is prized for its fine texture, low protein content, and high starch content. When used in making pasta dough, 00 flour produces a dough that is exceptionally smooth and pliable.
This is important because it makes rolling and shaping pasta easier. The end result also has a tender, silky texture and a delicate, refined flavor.
Semolina: Semolina is a coarse wheat flour that is often used in pasta making. It provides a sturdy structure, a slightly grainy texture, and a characteristic golden color to the pasta, resulting in a chewy and satisfying al dente texture when cooked.
Silken tofu: This adds moisture and structure, and acts as a binder with a very neutral flavor.
Turmeric (optional): Turmeric is sometimes added to pasta dough for its vibrant yellow color. It is a natural and vegan-friendly way to achieve that classic pasta hue.
Salt: Salt is a basic seasoning that enhances the flavor of the pasta dough. It also helps strengthen the gluten structure, improving the pasta’s texture.
Olive Oil: This is used in pasta dough to add moisture and a subtle richness to the dough. It can also help prevent the dough from becoming too dry.
How Does A Well-Made Pasta Dough Behave?
A well-made vegan pasta dough should feel soft, smooth, and slightly elastic to the touch, making it pliable and easy to work with during rolling. When cooked, it should yield a tender yet toothsome bite, providing a delightful contrast to your ravioli filling.
Additionally, a well-hydrated vegan pasta dough should exhibit a smooth mixing process without excessive stickiness or dryness. When rolled out, it should maintain its shape and thickness effortlessly, enabling you to create thin pasta sheets without resistance. Importantly, it should accommodate your chosen fillings, ensuring the ravioli-making process is tear-free and seamless.
Let’s Get Scientific!
The desired texture and behavior of vegan pasta dough result from the careful hydration of the flours. A balanced mixture of 00 flour and semolina flour, in a 1:1 ratio, facilitates the formation of gluten networks as the proteins in the flours hydrate. This creates the necessary elasticity and structure for the dough.
Effective hydration is achieved through the high water content of silken tofu, while olive oil contributes to a smooth, supple texture, reducing friction during rolling. This combination of ingredients ensures that the dough maintains its shape and accommodates fillings seamlessly, striking the perfect balance between tenderness and structural integrity.
Can I use regular, all-purpose flour for making pasta dough?
You can use regular all-purpose flour to make vegan pasta dough. It will yield a good, basic pasta dough. Note that AP flour has a higher protein content, lower starch content, and a coarser grind than 00 flour. This means that your dough will be less soft, pliable, and uniform and more elastic.
Vegan Ravioli Filling Options
When it comes to assembling vegan ravioli, the options for fillings are endless. They can be stuffed with a variety of ingredients, each offering a unique flavor profile and texture. Here are a few ideas you can use as a springboard!
Kite Hill vegan ricotta is a great option for ravioli. It’s so smooth, rich, and creamy! You can add chopped sautéed spinach or mushrooms to create a filling with some extra color, nutrients, and texture. Use a pastry bag for piping!
Looking for a seasonal touch with hits of sweet and savory? Pumpkin, sweet potato, or butternut squash seasoned with rubbed sage is a great option! Puree them to a smooth consistency for a fragrant Fall-inspired feel.
Looking for a plant-based, meaty filling? Field Roast Italian sausages are perfect for this. Just grind in a food processor and saute until slightly cooked.
For a nutritious and colorful option, consider using pureed spinach. Saute fresh spinach leaves and finely chop them for a wholesome, earthy flavor that pairs beautifully with pasta. Combine it with Kite Hill ricotta or seasoned, pureed tofu if you like!
If savory umami flavors are your preference, a sautéed mushroom filling is a great choice. Combine with aromatic herbs and vegan cheese, garlic, or nutritional yeast to deliver a rich and deeply flavorful filling.
Consider using artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, or olives for a Mediterranean feel. Add creamy vegan cheese to add some body and a rich and tangy flavor.
A roasted red pepper and cashew filling is an excellent choice for a creamy, smoky option. It’s velvety, smoky, rich, and satisfying. Add pureed tofu if you’d like a thicker consistency.
For a wholesome and nutritious filling, kale and toasted walnuts are an excellent pick. Combine them with vegan cheese to create a filling that offers texture and depth to your ravioli.
Use these ideas to create a filling that fits your taste preferences or to use what’s in season!
Check out this step-by-step tutorial for making vegan ravioli for a more detailed set of instructions with images, but this general guide below will give you a sense of the flow:
Choose your filling: Pick a filling like vegan sausage, cultured cashew cheese, or any of the suggestions from the list above. Prepare it in advance.
Make the dough: Use a reliable pasta dough recipe, preferably made a day ahead and brought to room temperature. Cut the dough into pieces and roll it out thinly.
Flour your surface: Use a pasta maker or roll the dough by hand, gradually increasing the thinness. Dust with flour as needed to prevent sticking.
Cut and drape the dough: Cut the dough to fit your ravioli mold and drape it over, creating wells. You can alternatively use a pasta stamp.
Fill the ravioli: Pipe or spoon your filling over the pasta sheets. Cover with the remaining dough sheet.
Seal and cut: Seal and cut the ravioli on a floured surface.
Dry out your ravioli: Place the ravioli on a baking sheet lined with a silpat to slightly dry out for about an hour. You can boil or transfer to the freezer for meals later.
Boil your ravioli: Bring water to a boil in a large pot, add ravioli, and cook. Drain before serving.
Pro Tips for Perfect Vegan Ravioli
Perfecting your ravioli takes a little time, but it is worth the extra effort! Here are a few tips to ensure the perfect end result.
Keep your dough moist: Vegan pasta dough can be drier than traditional dough. If it feels too dry, add a little water one teaspoon at a time until it reaches the right consistency. Conversely, if it’s too sticky, dust it with a bit of flour.
Chill your filling: Ensure your ravioli filling is cool or at room temperature before using it. Hot or warm filling can make the dough soggy and challenging to work with.
Don’t overfill: Be mindful not to overfill your ravioli. Overfilled ravioli can burst during cooking, resulting in a messy pot. Use a teaspoon or pastry bag to add just the right amount of filling.
Seal well: Properly seal your ravioli to prevent them from opening during cooking. Use a fork or your fingers to press the edges firmly together, ensuring a tight seal. If using a mold, press down once filled to push out any air.
Use flour generously: When working with pasta dough, use flour generously on your work surface, rolling pin, and dough to prevent sticking. This ensures smooth handling.
Practice patience: Making ravioli can be time-consuming, especially when making a large batch. Take your time, and don’t rush the process. It’s a labor of love that always pays off!
Get creative: Don’t hesitate to get creative with your fillings and shapes. Experiment with different ingredients and use different molds or stamps to create unique ravioli shapes.
By following these pro tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating perfectly crafted vegan ravioli!
Flavorful Vegan Ravioli Recipes
Now that you have some knowledge about tools, pasta dough, filling ideas, and tips, let’s move on to some of the best vegan ravioli recipes to make or to get inspiration from!
I made this guide to show how the flow works with making vegan ravioli. It’s filled with homemade cultured cashew cheese and spinach. It’s a basic, classic ravioli that is perfect with warm, crusty bread and a glass of wine!
This homemade vegan ravioli made by Jasmine and Chris over at Sweet Simple Vegan is made with a ravioli stamp, and filled with tofu ricotta and herbs. I love the beautiful shape and lovely garnishes!
I made this ravioli with ground Field Roast Italian sausage that’s been slightly seared with minced shallots and garlic. A mushroom basil sauce added a luscious, creamy topping to this ravioli!
In this World of Vegan recipe, these ravioli are filled with an earthy blend of sautéed mushrooms and fragrant herbs, scattered over a swoosh velvety asparagus sauce. This homemade ravioli offers a perfect texture and beautiful colors. Plus, it’s a fun and simple way to approach making ravioli—especially if you are making it for the first time!
After some trial and error, Ania over at Lazy Cat Kitchen made this stunning, gluten-free ravioli dough from a blend of chickpea flours, psyllium husk powder, and tapioca starch. Leeks, peas, and mint are combined to make the filling, while vegan pesto and pea shoots add a pretty pop of color!
I made this ravioli with a blend of semolina and rice flour. It’s filled with homemade cultured cashew cheese and given a quick toast on the bottom before being served with fresh chopped parsley.
This classic vegan ravioli by Victoria over at Wow, It’s Veggie?! was made after she was not able to find any vegan options at restaurants. For many vegan home cooks, this is how many delicious vegan dishes are born. This one is filled with a cashew-based ricotta and a creamy, buttery sauce.
When I first started making my own ravioli, this was one of the first attempts I made. It has a cheezy filling and is topped with a mushroom, walnut, white white, and butter sauce.
This homemade pumpkin ravioli is perfect for Fall. The pumpkin filling has walnuts and nutmeg, and it’s topped with a sage cream sauce. The breading is optional, but adds a nice touch!
Best Vegan Ravioli Brands
Whether you’re short on time or simply looking for a delicious vegan meal option, store-bought vegan ravioli can be a game-changer. Here’s a selection of the best vegan ravioli brands, each offering a diverse array of plant-based options.
365 Whole Foods Market brand Vegetable ravioli is vegan with a vegetable filling made with artichokes, mushrooms, and kale. It has a tender texture and provides a convenient and delicious choice for vegans (or any pasta lovers).
Kite Hill is the best vegan ravioli in my opinion. The delicate texture of the pasta and ratio to filling is perfect. They offer three different kinds of ravioli: mushroom, spinach, and butternut squash. All are made with Kite Hill’s vegan ricotta, made with almond milk.
While not exclusively vegan, La Pasta makes several plant-based ravioli varieties. These include artichoke, asparagus and spring pea, butternut squash, spinach and sweet potato, and mushrooms. All are made with durum wheat flour with additions like mushroom powder or turmeric, depending on the variety.
SoyBoy’s vegan ravioli is a convenient and flavorful option. They are filled with a savory blend of organic tofu, seasoned with dried garlic and onions. The pasta is tender and cooks up nicely, and the filling is generous.
Trader Joe’s vegan Italian bolognese ravioli is filled with a robust tomato sauce that mirrors the richness of traditional Bolognese. It features a blend of mushrooms and lentils that recreates the texture and savory flavor characteristic of traditional Bolognese. This is a great choice for a busy weeknight dinner.
These large ravioli are filled with spinach, artichoke hearts, and mushrooms. They don’t seem to be consistently stocked at Whole Foods, but when they are, I always grab a pack. This is a delicious, super-convenient option for ravioli night!
Vegan Ravioli Pairings and Serving Ideas
Whether you choose to make or buy vegan ravioli, completing the experience with sauces and sides will make a perfect, memorable meal. From the ideal sauce that complements your ravioli fillings to the perfect wine to sip alongside, selecting the right accompaniments makes it an experience. Here are some side dishes and pairings to consider when planning your meal.
- This Easy Focaccia Recipe is perfect to plan with ravioli. It’s not labor intensive, but it does take a little time to rise. It’s worth the wait!
- Make this Creamy Tomato Sauce for Pasta for a simple and classic ravioli topping.
- The White Wine Sauce in this recipe is perfect for a light and savory topping. Vegan butter, white wine, and garlic combine to make a simple yet flavorful sauce.
- Top your ravioli with this Vegan Alfredo Sauce if you’d like something decadent and rich. This hearty sauce clings to ravioli perfectly.
- Make this White Wine Cream Sauce for a tangy yet rich sauce to drizzle over ravioli.
- This Roasted Red Pepper Sauce is a good choice for pairing with vegan cheese-filled ravioli!
Check out this fantastic, comprehensive article on vegan wines!
Yes, they do! Trader Joe’s makes a vegan Italian bolognese ravioli with mushrooms and lentils. It’s easy to prepare and delicious!
Vegans can enjoy ravioli by choosing plant-based, vegan-friendly versions that use ingredients like tofu, vegetables, and dairy-free cheeses for the fillings. Silken tofu serves as a good replacement for eggs in pasta dough. Vegan ravioli can be paired with a variety of dairy-free sauces to create a delicious and satisfying meal.
You can find vegan ravioli in various places, including well-stocked grocery stores, health food stores, and specialty food markets. Look for them in the refrigerated or frozen sections, often alongside other vegan and vegetarian products. Additionally, many online retailers offer a wide selection of vegan ravioli brands and flavors for convenient home delivery.