So you’re a ravioli lover? We don’t blame you. It’s pretty easy to fall in love with the textures and flavours of the world’s most popular filled pasta. After all, these pillows of deliciousness have been around since the 14th century and are not going away any time soon.

But sometimes, you may ask yourself what sauce goes best with ravioli. Is it typical tomato sauce, or is there room to be more creative? With Oliveri®, you’ll find all the answers you need. Read on to discover which sauces you can pair with ravioli to whip up your next family-friendly meal. 

Sauce for Butternut Squash Ravioli

Firstly, have you ever wondered what sauce goes with butternut squash ravioli? This flavourful and creamy version of ravioli is different from those that are typically filled with cheese, spinach, or meat. Here’s how to make something truly original.

Rosé Sauce

Rosé Sauce is a mouthwatering combination of Italian spices, crushed tomatoes, onions, garlic, and cream. When combined with butternut squash ravioli, what you get is a creamy and tantalizing dish that’s just as easy to make as any typical ravioli recipe.

All you need is Olivieri® Creamy Rosé Sauce, already made for you from fresh ingredients with 100% Canadian cream. 

So you’ve got your sauce ready and waiting. Now what to cook? Butternut Squash Ravioli with Chicken and Kale is a dream meal for those who love rich and creamy flavours in their Italian cuisine. You can garnish this with toasted pine nuts, walnuts, or almonds for an elegant and tasty topping. 

Beef Ravioli with Portobello Rosé Sauce

For something with a hearty touch thanks to its inclusion of beef and mushrooms, you can prepare this Beef Ravioli with Portobello Rosé Sauce. This is one for the meat lovers who can enjoy their beef with the subtle tang of flavourful rosé sauce.

Brown Butter and Sage

Apart from rosé, there are plenty of other sauces you can pair with butternut squash ravioli. One of them, which will dazzle your taste buds, is brown butter and sage. This combo of butter, sage leaves, and pine nuts can be put to use in delightful dishes such as this Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter and Sage

Marinara Sauce

Due to its versatility and comforting taste, marinara sauce seems to go with just about any pasta recipe. When it comes to ravioli, there’s no exception. But it’s better to know which ravioli dishes work best with this traditional Italian sauce. Here are some examples.

This Fresh Ricotta & Spinach Ravioli “Puttanesca” has plenty of fresh and herbaceous ingredients to blend seamlessly with your marinara. Aside from being a simple recipe to prepare, it’s also vegetarian-friendly.

Beef Ravioli with Chunky Tomato Basil Sauce

But are you looking for some meat to go with your marinara? If so, dive into this Beef Ravioli with Chunky Tomato Basil Sauce. This hearty and comforting ravioli feast is a crowd-pleasing treat.

Another vegetarian option, packed with delicious crumbled goat cheese and baby spinach, is this Roasted Portobello Mushrooms Ravioli with Spinach and Goat Cheese. Not only does it taste great, but this dish’s vibrant hues of red tomatoes, green spinach, and white cheese even bring the colours of the Italian flag to your meal. Mamma mia!

Marinara Sauce Vs Tomato

So, what’s the difference between marinara sauce and tomato sauce? Are they the same thing? Truth be told, they are similar but different. Marinara has a thinner texture, a brighter colour, and more of that fresh tomato taste. 

Typical tomato sauce, on the other hand, is thicker and creamier, making it ideal for those who love a warm, hearty, and comforting dish. Now let’s look at some ravioli recipes with tomato sauce.

Tomato Sauce

For the best of both worlds, from Italy to Canada, prepare this Braised Beef au jus Ravioli, Mushrooms, Maple Syrup and Québec Cheese Curds. This meal is a fine example of how mixing and blending cuisines can, in fact, work. In this case, it works like a dream!

braised beef au jus ravioli with quebec cheese
Braised Beef au jus Ravioli, Mushrooms, Maple Syrup and Québec Cheese Curds

But for a more classic-style dish, you can opt for this Mediterranean Mushroom Lovers Ravioli. This is one for a romantic evening dinner, but it also works well on just about any occasion. 

Tomato and Herb Sauce

There’s tomato sauce, but then there’s Olivieri® Chunky Tomato and Herb Sauce. Our very own blend of traditional flavours with an extra chunkiness and herbaceous twang pairs incredibly well with ravioli in this Spinach Ravioli with Sausage & Mushrooms dish.

Bacon & Butter Sauce

Bacon and butter sauce deserves a mention. Why? Simply put, it’s irresistible when used in the right recipe. Try it in this Mushroom Ravioli with Bacon & Butter Sauce dish and watch how quickly it brings joy to those around the dinner table. 

If you want to learn more about pasta sauces, come and see our very own guide. For more meal inspiration, visit us in our kitchen