National Ravioli Day


Abigail Holbert

March 20th celebrates a fun filled and versatile pasta. National Ravioli Day is a food holiday for pasta lovers. So pick your favorite filling and sauce and cook up a meal everyone will love. Ravioli is a traditional Italian-filled pasta.

Pasta makers fill two layers of thin egg pasta dough with various ingredients. Imagine a small meatball tucked inside two cozy layers of delicious dough. Thats is exactly what ravioli is.  Some of the fillings include: cheese, meat, vegetables, and seasonings. They also usually serve the ravioli in either a broth or with a pasta sauce.

Ravioli often serves as a main course. It may also be a side dish or appetizer. Many popular recipes bake or deep fry the ravioli. The dish also can quickly become a dessert with chocolate added to the pasta or cream cheese stuffing and a caramel sauce! Ravioli can be homemade or purchased fresh or frozen in grocery stores.

In the United States, Chef Boyardee popularized canned Ravioli. The canned ravioli is filled with beef or processed cheese and served in a tomato, tomato meat, or a tomato cheese sauce. There’s also toasted ravioli. It came from St. Louis, Missouri. In the 1940’s at Oldani’s, a cook accidentally dropped a ravioli into the fryer. Everyone said that it became a delicious accident. The crisp ravioli earned a place on the menu!