Pan Fried Ravioli with Brown Butter Herb Sauce

Pan Fried Ravioli with Browned Butter Herb Sauce

I’m not going to lie.  The Homemade Roasted Carrot Ravioli with Mascarpone Thyme Filling I shared earlier this month are the best ravioli I’ve made to date and I hope you do give them a try. The finishing touch to those babies was the simple brown butter herb sauce that accompanies it. It’s quick, simple and IF you already happen to have a batch of ravioli in the freezer (because honestly if you’re going to take the time to make homemade ravioli why not double it and freeze some. You’ll thank yourself later when the craving hits.)  it comes together in no time at all. Fast food at it’s finest.

Pan Fried Ravioli with Browned Butter Herb Sauce

I think you’ll like this sauce so much you’ll be trying it out on different types of pastas or eating it with a spoon. I don’t recommend that but I couldn’t blame you if you did. Once your sauce is all tan and gorgeous you’ll carefully add the drained ravioli (drain it please water and hot butter don’t really go too well together) to the party. They’ll get a little crispy and golden and get your taste buds on a tare. I know you’re going to want to shove them into your mouth immediately but wait. There’s nothing sexy about sticking your tongue out with a ravioli on it because it’s too hot to eat. Don’t ask me how I know.

Pan Fried Ravioli with Browned Butter Herb Sauce

Once you’ve plated the ravioli and admired their beauty, finish them with a delicate drizzle of lemon infused olive oil. Don’t get heavy handed a little goes a long way. You don’t want the ravioli to taste like furniture polish.

Lemon and thyme it’s a natural combination and well butter it goes with just about anything. Brown it and fry it up with perfect pillows of ravioli and you’ve got yourself a special little dish.

Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to check my freezer to see if there are any ravioli left. I suddenly have a craving.


Pan Fried Ravioli with Brown Butter Herb Sauce

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  1. Prepare ravioli.
  2. Place butter into a medium sauce pan and let it melt over medium heat. Continue cooking until foam subsides and you can see brown flecks. Season with salt. Add thyme.
  3. Add drained, cooked ravioli to pan (do not crowd pan, do this in batches). Continue cooking until ravioli have a slight crust to them and appear golden. Flipping once half way through. Transfer ravioli to plate.
  4. To plate: add 5-6 ravioli per plate, drizzle with lemon olive oil and garnish with additional fresh thyme.


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  1. 1

    These ravioli are to die for! I wish I had a huge plate of them right now!

  2. 2

    These look amazing, love carrots right now.

  3. 3

    What I wouldn’t do for a plate right now. I’m just about to crack a bottle of white… happy weekend!!

  4. 4

    This looks so good!! Super yummy!

  5. 5

    Hello, lover.

  6. 6

    Ooh, my mouth is watering! It’s still on my bucket list to make some homemade pasta. I’m sure when I do, I’ll only want to dress it with something simple like this sauce. So pinning for later!

  7. 7

    My eyeballs have never been so happy.

  8. 8

    That is one amazing plate of food! I need this in my life.

  9. 9

    So gorgeous! There is nothing comparable to homemade ravioli!

  10. 10

    I have never made homemade ravioli, but I love restaurants that do. However this simple sauce that utilizes one of my basic cooking tenets—everything is better with butter—-will make even frozen raviolis taste

  11. 11

    What a gorgeous plate, Paula! I need to work on my ravioli skills and your recipes look like an delicious place to start!

  12. 12

    You had me at brown butter.

  13. 13

    When I was a kid, I thought all ravioli were boiled to death. Don’t get me wrong, I still ate them, but fried ravioli is where my heart is. This is, as all your photos are, absolutely stunning!

  14. 14

    Okay, the comment about furniture polish made me snicker out loud. 🙂 I love ravioli with a brown butter sauce and you had me wanting to lick the screen. It looks delicious.

  15. 15

    I can think of nothing better than faceplanting myself into a plate of this!

  16. 16

    This is totally acceptable for breakfast, right?

  17. 17

    Anything with brown butter gets the thumbs up from me!

  18. 18

    This is one gorgeous ravioli, Paula!

  19. 19

    I would love a big pile of these right about now!

  20. 20

    Really, really lovely!! Think I’m going to give ravioli making a try!!

  21. 21

    Paula this sounds so good! You are motivating me to pull out the pasta making equipment we have and really use it!

  22. 22

    I am in love with brown butter and pasta together! Looks amazing!

  23. 23

    I’ve yet to attempt mmaking ravioli, which is really crazy seeing as how much I enjoy the fresh stuff. These babies are gorgeous and now Im off to find those carrott, thyme, mascarpone ravioli!

  24. 24

    This sounds absolutely delicious! I can imagine licking that sauce off the plate, I mean my finger, I mean the spoon… 🙂

  25. 25

    I literally swoon over brown butter! Love this pasta!

  26. 26
    kim /

    I made the carrot ravioli with my hubby on Friday night and it was amazing!!!! We were both pleasantly surprised, considering the dough became tough after we messed up with the pasta roller. I’m already planning on making it for book club in two weeks time, cause I know it’s going to rock everyone’s socks off!!

  27. 27

    That ravioli looks like pure gold on a plate, I’m heading over to get the recipe!

  28. 28

    What a gorgeous plate of ravioli, Paula! That carrot mascarpone filling sounds like something I really need to try.

  29. 29

    Craving these for dinner!

  30. 30

    ?t looks so delicious!

  31. 31

    Brown butter and pan fried ravioli. All the good things in life.

  32. 32

    I love this- so light for spring!

  33. 33

    Beautiful looking ravioli! I love that you pan-fried it!

  34. 34

    Fried pasta is such an insanely wonderful thing. Love this with the brown butter sauce!

  35. 35

    These ravioli’s are so tasty looking!! I’m loving that brown butter!! 🙂

  36. 36

    I’ve done this type of thing with butternut squash ravioli and it was wonderful too. Simple but delicious! Your photos are also very light and gorgeous.

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