Lemon Ricotta Ravioli with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries
‘Tis the season for pumpkins, Brussels sprouts, and citrus fruits, but let’s not forget about our good old friends from the summer – strawberries.
Strawberries aren’t normally on my weekly grocery list these days, but I was so inspired by one of my daughters that I had to make this recipe. A couple of weeks ago I asked my daughter what she was “cooking” in her play kitchen. Her response: pasta with strawberries and cheese.
A light bulb went off in my head and this Lemon Ricotta Ravioli with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries was born. I should really call this recipe “Charlotte’s Ravioli,” but no one would ever know what it is! It’s a funny thing what sparks creativity and, in my case, recipe development.
With the holidays around the corner, it’s the perfect time to splurge a little on bright red California strawberries that will add just the right pop of color to your sweet or savory holiday dishes. Plus, strawberries are low in sugar and add natural sweetness to meals for only 45 calories per cup, making them a good choice for a diabetes-friendly meal plan. How perfect considering that November is National Diabetes Month!
This recipe was originally created as part of my sponsored ambassadorship with California Strawberries in 2015 and was originally featured on their Heart of Farmers blog. Be sure to enter their #BerryGood4U contest for the chance to win a $200 Sur La Table gift card – the perfect pre-holiday gift for anyone who’s going to be busy in the kitchen!
Updated 5/10/16: The California Strawberries sponsored contest is closed. You can still find the recipe and my post on the Heart of Farmers blog, but I have included the recipe below as well.
Lemon Ricotta Ravioli with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries
Homemade ravioli filled with creamy and zesty lemon ricotta and topped with balsamic roasted strawberries is a naturally sweet and savory meal perfect for entertaining during the spring months.
For Lemon Ricotta Ravioli:
- 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 26 wonton wrappers
For Balsamic Strawberries:
- 1 pound California strawberries, hulled and quartered
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
For Serving (optional):
- ¼ cup halved hazelnuts, toasted
- Shredded Parmesan cheese
- Fresh mint leaves
To make ravioli:
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine ricotta, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
- Working with one wonton wrapper at a time, spoon 1½ teaspoons of ricotta filling into the center of wrapper.
- Moisten edges of the wrapper with water. Fold wrapper in half, bringing two corners together to form a triangle. Press edges firmly to seal. Repeat with remaining wrappers and ricotta filling.
- Bring a large pot of water to boil. Lower heat so water is simmering. Gently add half the ravioli to the water, give a gentle stir so the ravioli don't all settle at the bottom, and cook about 3 minutes. Carefully remove ravioli with a slotted spoon. Repeat with remaining ravioli.
To make balsamic strawberries:
- Preheat oven to roast at 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, toss together quartered strawberries, sugar, and balsamic vinegar. Spread on prepared baking sheet.
- Roast 15-20 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Top ravioli with the roasted strawberries, a sprinkling of toasted hazelnuts, shredded Parmesan, and mint leaves.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 300Saturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 478mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 13.5g
Do you cook with strawberries in the winter?
What’s your favorite strawberry recipe?
I have never ever seen a combo like this before – and I LOVE it! Great recipe. I feel like serving this at my next dinner party would be a huge success!!
Thanks so much Chrissa! I have to say it is really delicious! I think it would be great for a dinner party!
Wow this sounds delicious! I love lemon and ricotta together, such a nice flavor. Love the idea of balsamic strawberries.
Thanks so much Emily! Hope you give it a try!
Jessica!! I love all things balsamic, put such a great flavor on things without adding calories!!
Thanks Shannon – I totally agree. Aged balsamic is a fave of mine too!
So cute! Such a great inspiration! This looks so great and such a unique idea!
Thanks Rachel – it’s funny what inspires us sometimes!
I love the inspiration for this recipe! Kids are full of great ideas. I love strawberries all year and have them on my grocery list, so I’ll have to give this recipe a try:)
Thanks Melanie! They really are. I hope you try it soon and would love to know what you think!
this sounds like an amazing combo! I LOVe ravioli, especially ricotta ravioli! This combo with the strawberries sounds amazing!
Thanks so much Rachel! Hope you give it a try!
Oh wow!! This looks amazing! What a delicious, beautiful recipe!! LOVE it!!
Thanks so much Cailee!
Charlotte has one great role model Mom for being so creative in the kitchen! I’m all for pasta dishes that have unique ingredients— like berries!
Aw, thanks Katie! The funny thing is that when I made this recipe the first time, the girls actually wanted none of it. And I was super bummed since it was Charlotte’s idea! But the next day I tried again and they devoured it 😀 I hope you give it a try!
This sounds wonderful! Love the combination of flavors!
Thanks Marie! Hope you try it!
Charlotte is a little chef in the making! What a creative recipe! This looks absolutely delicious! Sounds like I will be making a trip to the grocery to pick up some strawberries:)
Isn’t she?! Thanks so much. Hope you enjoy it!
Looks incredible and so creative!!!
thanks so much Lauren! This is the recipe I was telling you about the other night!
I love ravioli made in wontons. So clever and kid pleasing.
They’re so fun! Hope to get the kids to help me make them next time!! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
Ohh this makes me miss cheese 🙂 I love the idea!
Thanks Amanda! Sorry to tease you 😉
These look AWESOME! I can’t wait to try them 🙂
Thanks so much Taylor! Would love to know what you think!
Oh. Yum! I love strawberry everything.
Thanks so much Kerri!
What an amazing flavor pairing! I never would have though to use strawberries with pasta.
Thanks Alisa! Leave it to my 3 1/2 year old daughter to come up with that pairing. Young minds work wonders!
I love this pairing! I’ve used strawberries in salads but haven’t thought to use it with pasta!
Thanks Christine. It was definitely a new pairing in my house, but came out really good!
I adore strawberries but have only really been enjoying the frozen kind lately since they’re not really in season up here in Canada! 🙂 But I also loooooove balsamic and the combo of these two together!
I know the feeling! You can definitely make this with frozen berries too – they may just have a little more liquid, but that can add to the sauce!