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What to Serve with Ravioli? Some Easy Side Dishes to Make

Written by Luisa Davis on . Posted in food

You have Ravioli and wondering what side dishes to make? No worries at all. We are here to help. Most of the time, ravioli is eaten by itself.

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The reason is that not many people ever know exactly what to serve with Ravioli. In this article, I will discuss two sides you could have with it.

I will be sharing the recipe for the two kinds of bread you can have with it: French garlic bread and dinner rolls.

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Now, no time to waste! Let’s get into this first recipe: the dinner rolls.

Side #1: The Dinner Rolls

To start, get out the following ingredients:

  • Sourdough starter (¾ cup)
  • Warm filtered or distilled water (1¼ cups)
  • Salt (½ teaspoon)
  • Bread flour (3 ½)

Now that all the ingredients are set out, here are the directions:

  • Step 1: Get out a bowl and place all the above ingredients in the bowl and mix them together. It is crucial to note that you could place the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer if you desire.
  • Step 2: When you’ve placed all the ingredients in either the large bowl or the bowl that’s used for a mixer, mix the ingredients until a consistent dough forms.
  • Step 3: Now that the dough is mixed together, cover the bowl with a tight lid or cling wrap and set it out overnight on the countertop. If the dough is warm, you could still set them on the countertop, or you could also place it in a cold oven, whichever you decide. Regardless of where you choose to set it, whether it be the oven or countertop, it absolutely must sit overnight.
  • Step 4: When you get up in the morning, or whenever you start your day, take out the container you used for the rolls and press down the dough. Then cut and roll them into 12 balls, making sure they are all equal size.
  • Step 5: Now that the dough is as flat as possible,  get out parchment paper and a baking sheet. Place the parchment paper on the baking sheet, and place the rolls on the baking sheet. Do make sure they are placed two inches apart on the sheet.
  • Step 6: Grab cling wrap, a kitchen towel, or something to place on top of the baking sheet and set the sheet aside so the dough can rise. Let the baking sheet sit for two hours.
  • Step 7: While the rolls are rising, go ahead and preheat the oven to 425 degrees. This way, you can easily put them in the oven after following step 8.
  • Step 8: Now that the two hours are up and the rolls have risen, grab a sharp knife and “score” the top of each roll.
  • Step 9: Once the rolls have been scored, place the rolls into the oven and bake for 25–28 minutes, or until the rolls are a golden brown.
  • Step 10: Let cool on a rack, then serve and enjoy.

Now, before we move on, here’s a quick thing you should know with this first recipe:

“Scoring” is when you cut the rolls. When you cut the rolls, you’re giving the gas that forms in the bread an escape when they’re in the oven.

Side #2: French Garlic Bread

With that first recipe out of the way, here’s the recipe for the French garlic bread. This is one of best side dishes for cheese ravioli.

To start with, you’re going to get out the following ingredients:

  • Loaf of French bread
  • Olive oil (2 tablespoons)
  • Dried basil (1 tablespoon)
  • Dried oregano (1 teaspoon)
  • Salt (½ teaspoon)
  • Salted butter (½ stick)
  • Grated parmesan cheese (½ cup)
  • Minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • Black pepper (¼ teaspoon)

Now that the ingredients are set out, here are the directions:

  • Step 1: Get out your desired baking sheet and place parchment paper on it. Also, get out a cutting board and cut the loaf of bread into halves, lengthwise.
  • Step 2: As you cut the loaf of bread,  place the pieces onto the baking sheet. This way, when you’re done cutting, you can move on to the next steps quicker.
  • Step 3: Once all the bread pieces are placed on the sheet, set the baking sheet aside and get out a small mixing bowl. In that bowl, you are going to pour the butter, olive oil, basil, oregano, parmesan cheese, minced garlic, salt, pepper into it.
  • Step 4: Once all the ingredients are in the bowl,  mix them all together. Make sure you mix all the ingredients well. I should note that this mixture will be the flavored butter going onto the bread.
  • Step 5: After mixing the ingredients together, grab the baking sheet with the cut loaf of bread on it, grab a knife, and then grab each piece and spread the butter we just made onto it.
  • Step 6: Once you’ve spread the butter onto the bread,  place the bread into the oven. Let the bread cook for five minutes. *Important notes for this step listed below.
  • Step 7: When the timer for the five minutes goes off, then take out the bread and set it aside in order to let it cool. Once the bread has cooled enough to be handled, then serve and enjoy!

* With this second recipe, here are some very important notes that I would like to make:

  • When spreading the butter, make sure to spread it in a generous and even manner.
  • When you place the bread in the oven, it’s important to remember to place the bread right under the “broiler”.
  • It’s also important to remember to keep an eye on the bread while it’s cooking in the oven, as this will determine how hot the broiler is.
  • You also need to keep an eye on it as the bread is to be cooked until it’s brown.

Some Other Ideas

Referring to my earlier point about there being many sides for ravioli, I’d like to shed some light on those various sides. I’d also like to quickly note, however, that some of these side dishes for ravioli are also dependent on what fillings the ravioli will have.

For example, if you have a pumpkin filling with the ravioli, you could pair it with side dishes that have warmer spices. With that being said, on to the different sides.

One side you could have is balsamic roasted cippolini onions. Another side you could have is garlic parmesan green beans. Believe it or not, you could make a Caesar salad to go with the ravioli as well.

Conclusion

No matter what side you choose, whether it’s any of the sides I just mentioned or one of the two garlic bread recipes, I truly hope that you enjoyed this recipe. Now that you know What to Serve with Ravioli, you won’t have to worry about the side dishes next time.

Luisa Davis

Luisa Davis

Luisa Davis is a freelance writer and foodie based in Portland, California. Though raised on her mother's homestyle Italian cooking, she has spent most of the last five years traveling and immersing herself in other countries' cuisines. Her work have been published in various publications, both online and offline.

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