Nourishing Goodness: A Healthy Ravioli Recipe

Ravioli, with its delectable pasta pillows filled with flavorful ingredients, is a beloved Italian dish. While traditional ravioli recipes often feature rich sauces and heavy fillings, we're here to show you a healthy twist on this classic dish. This recipe combines nutrient-packed ingredients, lighter sauces, and wholesome fillings, making it a guilt-free option that doesn't compromise on taste. Get ready to experience the joy of homemade ravioli with a nourishing touch!


For the Ravioli Dough:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup water (add more if needed)

For the Filling:

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese (part-skim or low-fat)
  • 1/2 cup chopped spinach (fresh or frozen, thawed and squeezed dry)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (low-sodium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour and salt for the ravioli dough. Make a well in the center and add the eggs and water. Mix the ingredients together until a dough forms. If the dough is too dry, add more water, a tablespoon at a time, until it comes together.
  • Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead it for about 5 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare the filling by combining the ricotta cheese, chopped spinach, grated Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper in a bowl. Mix well until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a thin sheet. Use a ravioli mold or a round cookie cutter to cut out individual ravioli circles. Place a small amount of filling (about 1 teaspoon) onto each circle.
  • Moisten the edges of the ravioli circles with water and fold them in half, pressing the edges firmly to seal. You can use a fork to create a decorative edge if desired.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the ravioli in batches for about 3-4 minutes, or until they float to the surface. Remove them with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate.
  • While the ravioli are cooking, prepare the sauce. In a skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Add the diced tomatoes, dried basil, dried oregano, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Stir well and let the sauce simmer for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  • Serve the cooked ravioli with the tomato sauce drizzled on top. You can garnish with fresh basil leaves and a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese.

Indulge in the comforting goodness of homemade ravioli without sacrificing your commitment to a healthy lifestyle. This recipe brings together whole wheat pasta, a flavorful and nutritious filling, and a light tomato sauce to create a nourishing and delicious meal. Share the