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Savory Pair-ups: 7 Tasty Side Dishes to Serve with Ravioli

Ravioli is a delectable Italian dish that is perfect for dinner, whether you are hosting or going out.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of ravioli or not. It’s the perfect dish for any occasion! The filling and sauce can be changed to accommodate your needs, so meat-lovers will love it too.

what to serve with ravioli

But there are even more ways to make this meal memorable: eight side dishes that’ll take your dinner from ordinary to extraordinary in no time at all!

What to Serve with Ravioli? 7 BEST Side Dishes to Make

1 – Parmesan Cheese

parmesan cheese

When serving ravioli, it is important to have a cheese that can stand up against the sauce. Parmesan cheese is a great option because it can be sprinkled on top of the dish or mixed in with your favorite ravioli filling.

This cheese has been around for centuries and was originally made from cow’s milk, but now many variations use sheep’s milk as well.

It pairs perfectly alongside any type of sauce you choose to serve this meal: tomato-based sauces like marinara will pair nicely.

Whereas creamier options such as garlic butter would also work wonderfully too if served over pasta dishes instead (like spaghetti).

Parmesan cheese adds an extra layer of flavor when used correctly – so don’t forget about its versatility next time dinner rolls around again at home.

2 – Basil Pesto

green beans with pesto

The good-old-fashioned pesto is a classic Italian sauce that can be used in many different ways. It’s perfect for pasta dishes, but also great as an appetizer dip or spread on sandwiches.

It pairs well with any type of ravioli and will add some extra flavor to your meal without being too overpowering – so it’s the best option if you’re looking at adding something new into this dish while still keeping its original taste intact.

Pestos come from all over Italy: Genovese-style uses pine nuts; Sicilian style has basil leaves instead. So there isn’t just one way.

3 – Broccoli Rabe

Have you ever tried this combo? It’s a great way to add some greens to your meal without having them be the main dish.

Broccoli rabe is also known as rapini and it has an earthy, slightly bitter taste that goes well with other strong flavors like garlic or red pepper flakes!

The best part about this vegetable? It’s super easy to cook! Just boil it in water for about five minutes, then add some olive oil and garlic.

You can also use broccoli rabe as a topping on pizza or pasta dishes – just make sure you sautee the greens first so they don’t get too soggy from sitting under all that cheese (or any other toppings).

Extra flavor without being overpowering is what we’re going after here because this dish has such delicate flavors already with its ravioli base.

4 – Roasted Veggies

oven roasted veggies

I would recommend roasting your veggies at a high temperature for about 20 minutes. This will give them that crispy, caramelized outside and tender inside texture we all love so much.

It could be asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, or any other vegetable you like.

You can also roast your vegetables with a little bit of olive oil and salt before adding them to the pasta dish if desired.

5 – Garlic Breadsticks

Breadsticks are a great way to serve with ravioli because they are easy and can be eaten without utensils.

To make them, simply cut a loaf of French bread into sticks and brush them with garlic butter. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until they are browned on top.

I recommend serving these warm so that you can enjoy their crispy exterior texture as well as all those delicious flavors from inside your baked goods coming out to play to.

6 – Balsamic-Glazed Carrots or Beets

glazed carrots

Carrots and beets are a great way to add some color and flavor. To make them, simply peel the vegetables (or leave their skin on if you prefer).

Then cut them into bite-sized pieces before roasting in olive oil with salt for about 20 minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit or until they’re soft enough that it’s easy to pierce through one of these veggies without using much force.

Add balsamic vinegar during this process so as not only does your dish look beautiful but tastes delicious too because all those flavors will mix nicely while cooking inside an oven set between 400 – 450°F depending upon what type of vegetable is being roasted.

7 – Creamy Potato Gratin

potato gratin

Creamy potato gratin is the perfect pair with ravioli and is a great side dish for any occasion.

The creamy cheese sauce is made from a roux base and milk, cream, or half-and-half. To avoid lumps, the mixture is stirred constantly over medium-high heat.

Ravioli can be served with a variety of sauces, but this creamy potato gratin recipe will surely please your taste buds and make you want to come back for more.


In conclusion, Ravioli is a great dish to serve at any occasion. It is a perfect option for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike, as the ravioli can be stuffed with either cheese or ground beef.

The best part about serving Ravioli? You have many options when it comes time to decide what side dishes you want on your plate – whether that’s creamy potato gratin or another of these delicious recipes.

what to serve with ravioli

What to Serve with Ravioli? 7 BEST Side Dishes to Make

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Servings 1 Serving


  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Basil Pesto
  • Broccoli Rabe
  • Roasted Veggies
  • Garlic Breadsticks
  • Balsamic-Glazed Carrots or Beets
  • Creamy Potato Gratin


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  • Organize all required ingredients and prepare a delicious meal in 30 minutes or less!
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