A few months ago, my kitchen felt like a furnace. That’s because I’d kept several pots of salted water boiling all day to prepare 23 bags (!) of cheese ravioli for a “Taste Test” article in Everyday with Rachael Ray.
The winners included Pasta Prima Five Cheese (positively swoon-worthy), New York Ravioli Jolie Ravioli Mac & Cheezy (delicious for adults and kids), Seviroli Three Cheese Large (excellent, and a good price), Celentano Light, and Buitoni All Natural Quattro Formaggi Agnolotti. Other noteworthy products included:
Kids: Seviroli Microwaveable Mac-a-Roli Bite-Size Ravioli (genius and tasty), Rising Moon Organics Itsy Bitsy Cheese Ravioli, and New York Ravioli Jolie Ravioli in Cheese and in Pizza-Roli
Artisan/Luxury/Special Occasion: Bertagni Buffalo Mozzarella Ravioli
Budget/Everyday: Kirkland/Costco Cheese Ravioli, Buitoni Four Cheese Ravioli, 365 Organic Basil Parmesan Ravioli
If I was to be stranded on a desert island with a freezer and a stovetop (as if!) and could only bring two products–one for everyday and one for date night–I would choose Pasta Prima Five Cheese Ravioli and Seviroli or Kirkland Cheese Ravioli.
Once you’ve picked up your bag of frozen ravioli, what should you do with it? In addition to boiling the ravioli and topping it with sauce (marinara or brown butter with sage and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano), try frying it for an appetizer or cooking it in flavorful broth for a soup.
Overall, I was impressed with many of the products. The only disappointment: at the time I worked on this article, there weren’t any whole grain cheese ravioli available in stores nationwide. Sounds like a great product idea to me, hint hint to pasta manufacturers.