This easy recipe for crispy and baked toasted ravioli will be a new appetizer favorite! Ravioli is coated in egg and an Italian-spiced panko breadcrumb mixture and baked for a crisp dish that's made healthier! Serve with marinara sauce.
Somedays you just n-e-e-d something tried and true in your everyday eats. But not just anything.
Comfort food (like lobster ravioli sauce) always sounds like a good idea, but with the temperatures creeping up and the sun staying out later each night, sometimes creamy and rich doesn't feel quite right.
Sunday sauce with meatballs and sausage is a hands-down family favorite, but you're out of luck if you don't have 2-3 hours (or more!) for stovetop simmering.
Salads, zoodles, and smoothies are well and good too, but sometimes I'm just not in the mood for something so light. I like a nice balance.
So I present to you crispy and baked toasted ravioli. Refrigerated ravioli are dipped in egg and coated with a panko breadcrumb mixture, then baked to crisp up just right. Served with a warm marinara dipping sauce, these make an awesome appetizer recipe (or light meal served along with a side salad)!
It would make sense to use Italian seasoned breadcrumbs here in the coating...but that would be too easy, wouldn't it? Turns out the extra 'Italian breadcrumbs' I thought I had on the tippy top shelf were my second back-up box of plain panko, but thankfully my spice cabinet came to the rescue. 🙂 I added dried chopped onion to the breadcrumbs (along with the usual spice culprits) for an extra bold flavor, and a shake or two of red pepper flakes for a little heat.
And oh - use whatever flavor of ravioli you like! These were filled with spinach and ricotta, which we really liked.
To help these crispy and baked toasted ravioli become, well, crispy as they bake in the oven, give them a spritz of olive oil or cooking spray and cook them on an oven-safe wire rack over a baking sheet. Using a rack keeps the ravioli off the baking sheet and prevents the undersides from staying soft. Plus there's no need to flip them halfway through - less work for a healthier-for-you win.
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Crispy and Baked Toasted Ravioli
- 1 12-oz package refrigerated ravioli
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1 ½ tablespoon dried chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Olive oil spray or cooking spray
- Marinara sauce or desired dipping sauce
- Heat oven to 400 degrees F and place an oven-safe wire rack on a baking sheet. Spray rack with cooking spray and set aside.
- In a bowl, add egg and water and whisk until egg yolk, egg white, and water are evenly combined and mixture is light.
- In a separate bowl, add breadcrumbs, onion, basil, parsley, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes and stir or whisk until combined.
- Dip each ravioli in the bowl with the egg mixture, and then coat ravioli with breadcrumb mixture, pressing breadcrumbs onto the ravioli to help them adhere. Place ravioli on the rack. Repeat for all ravioli. Once all on the tray, spray ravioli with olive oil or cooking spray.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until ravioli are golden brown and crisp. Remove and let ravioli cool for a minute or two before serving with warm marinara sauce (or your desired sauce).
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Can I make this ahead, store in refrigerator and then bake before guest arrive?
Hi there, hmmm I haven't tried that before but I'm not really sure how it would be. I'd be afraid it would dry the ravioli out a little too much?
sandra f says
I par boiled some frozen ravioli and then followed the recipe.felt the texture was chewy,Should i par boil them longer,or just bread them frozen,then bake? making them soon for a special party
Hi Sandra, I've only made these with refrigerated ravioli so I couldn't say for sure how parboiling affected the texture. Here is a comment left by a reader who made them right from frozen: "Yes you CAN do this with frozen ravioli! I just did. Comes out excellent. Just make as usual (working fast so nothing freezes on contact) and I baked on a rack for 20 min in a 425 oven They puffed up and came out great. Thank you for the recipe!" <--I haven't tried this way myself but that might be a better way to do it. I hope that helps!
sandra f says
so you did not par boil them ? just bread them frozen and bake ,yes?
I believe that's what the reader who left that comment did - did not par boil, rather breaded them frozen and baked from there.
I am so glad i found this recipe when I was looking for ravioli recipes, but I've never seen ravioli quite like this before! The pictures look amazing and the marinara sauce is a great addition. I love the fact the the recipe is quick and easy to follow as well. Thanks for sharing this gem.
So glad you like it!
Do you think that the toasted ravioli could be cooked in an air fryer?
Hi Cecelia, I don't have much experience at all with an air fryer so I couldn't say for sure, but I bet that it would possible! Just not sure on what kind of modifications would be needed to the recipe. Please let me know if you give it a try!
Amanda Finks says
Love that these toasted raviolis are baked! So good and crunchy!
Lindsay Fekitoa says
I love the healthy, low-fat choice of crispy ravioli. Delicious sauce too!
Do you think you can make ahead and warm up in the microwave before serving?
Hi Karen, I haven't done it but I imagine the taste would be there, but they wouldn't be as crisp as they would right out of the oven. Hope that helps, let me know if you give it a try!
For those with wheat/gluten allergies, I bet puffed quinoa would work to replace bread crumbs too.
Alyssa, Can you make ahead of time...will they get soggy for a party
Hi Evie, I've never made these ahead of time so I couldn't say for sure how they'd turn out. I'd imagine they wouldn't be as crisp.