Caprese Ravioli with Roasted Tomato Pesto Sauce

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Here’s a little appetizer I put together in minutes. I fortunately have access to good quality fresh pasta sheets so it made the process go really fast!
I pre-roasted grape tomatoes ahead of time, bought some fresh mozzarella balls and basil for my ingredients.
Now believe me, I like to make fresh pasta, but I can’t just make a little bit, it ends up being an all day project with tons of pasta and flour all over my kitchen, and besides I like to do it in the winter.
 So I’m grateful to purchase these neat little sheets all perfectly cut and ready to go!
I used a 3 inch cutter and was able to make about ten ravioli, enough for four people, about two each.
The perfect starter while your grilling up something!
Look how simple this is! Wet your cut pasta around the edges then place a basil leaf, a roasted tomato, (make sure it’s not too juicy) and top it off with a mozzarella ball.
Crimp them together with a fork close to the mozzarella ball so it doesn’t move around.
Boil until tender and then drain on a kitchen cloth, you don’t want them to be wet!
For a very quick sauce you can take some good store bought pesto like I did, add in a few of those extra roasted tomatoes you have, and a little lemon zest for freshness, mix together and spoon it all over!
 And if that’s not enough, drizzle your plates beforehand with the best balsamic glaze you can find, here’s mine.  Oh My!

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  1. Marie these look absolutely delicious! This is exactly the way food was when I was in Italy. Simple, amazing and delicious… just real ingredients.. <3

  2. thanks for the absolutely delicious recipe 🙂 love your blog

  3. Marcie Conn Hinze says

    Hippie Chic, I am moving to Arkansas and I, too, was wondering where to get the pasta sheets. If you find out, please email me at I’m also on Facebook (Marcie Conn Hinze) Thanks!!!

  4. Just wonderful!!!

  5. Hippie Chic says

    Thats what I figured.. Thank you. Going to try it as soon as I can locate some pasta sheets. I live in Arkansas and I have searched, but will keep searching till I find them:) and when I do plan to buy enough to freeze. If you know anyone or any place that has them please do let me know or a place that will ship them to me… Help! I love Italian… Hubby loves Mexican not me:) I love to cook, it’s a form of Relaxing for this old chic… Learned to cook while in Foster Care at the age of 8….

  6. Hippie Chic says

    Hi there. Yum Yum Yummy!!!!!! Be proud of you girlie … Job well done -:) How did you Roast the Tomatoes? Thank you so much… Love your site…

    • Hippie Chic, I roasted them on a foil lined baking sheet drizzled in a generous amount of olive oil, salt and pepper at 400F until they burst and juices start to run.

  7. Marie-did you use store bought basil pesto and some of the roasted tomatoes? That is how I read it, then I wondered if it were roasted tomato pesto + tomatoes. Wondering…Can’t wait to try. Planning dinner party soon!

    • Ellen, I roasted my own grape tomatoes, I did not use basil pesto I just used a fresh basil leaf and the mozzarella ball. In the picture I showed how I layered it all. On the other hand a good store bought pesto might be good! Let me know how it turns out!

      • I think what she and I are asking is the same. You have “with roasted tomato pesto” in the title but you didn’t specify what kind of store-bought pesto you topped the ravioli with in the post. Standard basil pesto and then you added roasted tomatoes? Or is it a roasted tomato pesto where you added more tomatoes?

  8. I made this tonight and it was fantastic! My husband loved it! The balsamic glaze gives it just the right finish! I was out of fresh basil, but had some freeze-dried basil that I keep in the fridge which worked just fine. I also added prosciutto, which made it quite delicious. I also made my own pasta, which gave me a lot leftover that I could freeze for next time. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  9. Looks amazing! Definitely going to attempt this one -just pinned it

  10. This recipe was outstanding and beautifully illustrated. Thank you!

  11. They look sensational, my mouth is watering! You make it seem so easy too.

  12. just found this through pinterest and already obsessed! just one question – what recipe are you using for your ravioli dough?

    thanks in advance!

  13. i’m new here and already obsessed! just one question – what recipe are you using for your dough?

    thanks and keep giving me ravioli recipes!! 🙂

  14. Oh my yum! That looks so good. Just found you on Pinterest.

  15. I found your blog through Pinterest. I love it and your style of cooking and Chicago.
    If your ever in St. Louis check out my blog/website

  16. I couldn’t find grape tomatoes anywhere (they don’t seem to exist in Germany or they just call them the same thing as cherry tomatoes) so I went to the Italian shop and bought canned pomodorini. I drained them but I guess that wasn’t enough because I had to drain my ravioli after boiling. Next time I’ll roast them like you mentioned. We LOVE this dish. I made it with whole spelt pasta and some pesto, mixed with the tomatoes and cheese and it was delicious. Thanks so much for the recipe! We really, really enjoyed it. 🙂

  17. Oh my gosh… this look amazing! I’m going to try with some whole grain pasta dough. I know it won’t be as good, but I’m sure it’ll still be awesome. I just found you and your pictures are amazing. I’ve just subscribed. 🙂

  18. These look delicious. Homemade ravioli are so much better than anything you can buy in the store.

  19. Saw this on Pinterest and drooled. it’s on my list to try this weekend. Lucky you…good pasta sheets available nearby.

    Jane (artfully graced)

  20. You make this look so simple, Marie – simply beautiful, that is!

  21. MMMMM…Going to make these during the week for dinner!
    Ps. Love the new header…very clean looking!
    Hugs from rainy New Jersey! Lillian

  22. Never mind about an appetizer, this could be dinner!

  23. If these little gems taste anywhere near as good as they look… I’m drooling just imagining the tomato, mozerella and basil blend.

  24. You’ve wowed me yet again . . . love this and I’ll be on the hunt for these pasta sheets. Stock up and freeze ’em. (Your new look is great!, too!)

  25. I’m with everyone else and love this idea!

  26. I am not familiar with this recipe because it is my first time to see this. I’m curious with the taste because it’s looks good.

  27. Marie! Your new blog design is adorable. Love the “chicago style” category too. Looking forward to that!

    I think I’ll buy some fresh pasta sheets, this looks great!

  28. Just down right out of this world! Looks like i need to try this!

  29. Hi Marie,
    Wow!!! I didn’t realized that the pasta I done a few weeks ago, is actually a similar what you have.

    I will try this and will do a copycat soon. Hope our weather will be better.

    Happy day.

  30. Lovely, I will definitely make these, grazie!!

  31. I have just discover your fabulous blog and today’s post looks wonderful.

  32. What a great idea for ravioli filling! My last attempt at homemade ravioli didn’t turn out so well, so I’m a little afraid, but you just might be giving me some inspiration.

  33. Am I the only one who noticed the new sleek look on your blog? I love it! and the ravioli ain’t too bad either!

  34. Looks delicious! I live in NC. Do you know if regular grocery stores sell the pasta sheets like that?

  35. momof5, Standard market, I don’t see why you can’t freeze them, fresh pasta freezes good, when I make fresh I freeze mine, and all is good.

  36. Marie – these look sooooo delicious! Please – where do you buy your pasta sheets? I have bought them from Standard Market but I can’t always get there. Do you ever freeze them?

  37. This looks stunning, and you make it look so easy! Just the sort of thing I’d order at a restaurant 🙂

  38. That looks absolutely amazing, and I can’t wait to try it!

  39. A quick little appetizer? You are the kitchen goddess. These are beautiful. I’m gearing up to make my first homemade ravioli. I think these would be fun for my maiden voyage.

  40. Mariuccia, these are poppin’ right off the page at me!! Unfortunately, not in my mouth!!! I have to make these. xo

  41. A gorgeous post!

  42. They are such spectacular little bundles of goodness, Marie! I’d want to eat more than two 🙂

    PS: I notice you redecorated your blog–it looks very professional!

  43. Spectacular looking cant wait to try these your gourmet pasta will be a winner here in my house love it!

  44. I may have to put my house up for sale and move to your neighborhood.

  45. Brava … another delightful dish well executed! I really like the idea.

  46. Here am I wondering about how to make a caprese ravioli and here you are actually doing it! The pasta looks like a work of art. I’m going to start wondering about a lot of things and then just come here for the answer.


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