A simple way of making ravioli using tomatoes. Instead of a traditional plain ravioli, why not try this colorful tomato ravioli made from fresh ingredients

I Love making ravioli for Valentine’s Day because it is a very hearty and delicious meal.

Plus the mushrooms in the sauce make it a perfect aphrodisiac.

Overhead view of a dark blue bowl filled with tomato ravioli and topped with mushroom sauce

This recipe only looks hard to make.  In reality, it is very simple to make and you will need only a few ingredients.

Look at that beautiful red color!  Don’t you just want to dive into your monitor and grab one of them?

Overhead view of a single tomato ravioli lightly floured. On the side, part of another ravioli is visible

I served this ravioli with a creamy and slightly spicy mushroom sauce.  The mushroom is a perfect compliment to the squash stuffing in the ravioli

Another ingredient int his recipe is the pistachio.  They also have aphrodisiac properties, so, this meal is a very potent meal.

I never hear complaints when guests eat the tomato ravioli.   Everyone leaves the dining table with a smile on their face.

Overhead view of a blue bowl filled with flour and pureed tomato

The ravioli dough takes a little kneading.  If you have a pasta machine, use that instead of rolling the dough.

If you don’t have one, that is fine.  Neither did I.  A little elbow grease will do the trick.

What is the best tomato to use when making tomato ravioli?

For me, the campari tomato is always the go to favorite.

It doesn’t add any sourness to the dough.  It does give the dough a wonderful red color

Overhead view of a big dough of tomato ravioli

Campari tomatoes are on the sweeter side and they have less acidity than most tomatoes. This makes them perfect ingredients in heavy dishes

Adding ricotta cheese to the filling is great.  Ricotta cheese, in my opinion, is the best cheese that works with this recipe. I always use the vegan version of ricotta cheese.  I have a great ricotta cheese recipe that I always refer to when I make it. It is by the simple veganista and she use cashews to make her ricotta cheese.

So, overall, this recipe is for those who love homemade pasta.  There is no substitute for fresh pasta.

What is your favorite meal to eat for valentine’s day?

I also have a vegan ravioli recipe stuffed with carnival squash.  Its a quick and easy recipe to make for dinner.

How to make Tomato Ravioli

easy Tomato Ravioli recipe

Tomato Ravioli

Homemade ravioli made with pureed tomato
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 2 people
Calories 316 kcal


For the Tomato Ravioli


  • Partially peel both squashes
  • Shred the squashes in long strips
  • Puree the Campari tomatoes in a food processor
  • Using a nylon sieve, separate the pulp and the liquid (See Notes)
  • Place the all purpose flour into a mixing bowl and add the tomato liquid little by little.
  • Keep kneading the dough as you add the tomato puree
  • Knead well and make a ball
  • Wrap the dough bowl in a plastic wrap and set aside for 20 minutes
  • In a small frying pan, add the oil and allow it to warm
  • Add the shredded squash to the oil and stir
  • Add the salt and pepper.
  • Once the squash starts to brown a little, turn of the heat and allow it to cool
  • Take the dough and cut it into 4 equal parts. See notes
  • Roll the dough making liberal use of all purpose flour to roll the dough
  • Make the thickness to be about 2" high and allow the dough dry slightly
  • Cut out about 2 inch squares
  • Add the squash filling about 1/3 of the way from the edge of the left side
  • Take the right side of the Tomato Ravioli and fold it over the stuffing
  • Use a fork to seal the edges of the ravioli
  • Do the same until you run out of filling
  • Set the filled tomato ravioli aside for about 15 minutes
  • In a small pan, bring about 3 cups of water to almost a boil
  • While water is boiling, take a tray and line it with paper napkins.
  • Add the filled raviolis slowly and allow them to rise
  • When they rise, use a strainer to remove them from the water
  • Place the raviolis in the tray with the napkin
  • Allow them to cool
  • In a small frying pan, add the butter and allow it to melt over medium heat
  • Add the ravioli and a little water.
  • Stir fry the tomato ravioli for a few minutes but do not over cook it
  • Serve with my vegan mushroom stroganoff sauce


- You can discard the pulp if you like, but, personally, I use it in place of vegetable stock
- If you don’t want to use all 4 pieces of the dough, you can freeze the rest. It will last about three weeks when frozen


Serving: 15gCalories: 316kcalCarbohydrates: 57gProtein: 10gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 1183mgPotassium: 699mgFiber: 5gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 600IUVitamin C: 43.9mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 4.2mg
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Tomato Ravioli made with Squash filling and served with a creamy mushroom sauce. Quick and simple vegetarian pasta recipe. Perfect dinner meal especially on Valentine's Day. Lo Carb Vegetarian dinner idea

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  1. Hello! I love your posts. And I especially love the way you write them. The recipe is not the only content and the blog feels personal. On my blog, the only content is the recipe. I would like to incorporate some more personal things in my blogs but would like your approval. I know you do not have the copyrights but I just wanted to be considerate and ask if I could take a page from your book (or post from your blog…hehe) and do what you do. How do you think of your blogs? What is your process? Also, I loved the “use your words” game and would like to revive it again. Can I be in the next go-around? Thank you!

    Matt Iden

    1. Thank you so much, Matthew for your kind words! Your compliments are very well received. I would love to take credit for incorporating stories into my recipe, but, I don’t own that concept. I really wish I had thought of it. This concept can be seen all around the internet. Many food bloggers love to work in their life with the blog post. It is a fun way to present recipes. So, go ahead and use the concept of storytelling your recipes. I can’t wait to see what you use. I always keep a note of things and topics that I like. I note every little event in my life from the very miniscule to the very extravagant! Then, I find ways to use it in my blog. That is the best way. Remember events that happened to you and use them. I have a friend that uses some of the funny things her cat did to use it in her blog. If you are passionate about politics, use that. There is no thought process in my blogs. I write as I live: without a plan. 🙂 Karen of TheBakingTornado.com organizes the “Use your words” writing challenge. We have one coming up this Friday which is all set. However, she will be very happy to put you in the next one. I will put you in touch with her.

  2. That sounds like a terrific Valentines celebration! I think simpler is better, otherwise it becomes stressful. Great way to use your words! (Recipe sounds delish!)

  3. I love this story and I too am a fan of Candy Land. I think regardless of the funds one has Valentine’s Day is best spent simply and quietly among those you care most about. Yours sounds like a truly memorable experience. I hope this Valentine’s Day was just as memorable.

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

  4. There have been very few Vday that we have had money, so frugal is my middle name. I believe that you don’t need a lot of money to show/tell someone you care. And I also believe you should do it all year, not just one day.
    I enjoyed your story and your use of the words. Good job. Welcome aboard!!
    The recipe, now that sounds and looks really good. I may have to give that a go.

    1. Thank you so much Dawn! I agree with you whole-heartedly! Love should be celebrated all year round. 1 day out of the year is hardly enough. I am sure you don’t take your significant other for-granted.

  5. I loved this. Such a wonderful story. Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday. It never mattered to me if I were single or not. I think love is a beautifully wonderful thing. It is one of the things that make human beings so wonderful. It makes perfect sense to me to have a day to celebrate love. I’m a frugal person, and a hopeless romantic. I agree that buying expensive gifts isn’t necessary. Your pizza and monopoly date sounds perfect to me. Love is priceless. Excellent use of your words.
    Now, about this ravioli…. yum! I’m going to attempt to make it. I have been obsessed with ravioli lately. It started while I was pregnant. I craved it. I like it sauceless, with a smidgen of butter. I think the tomato being in this will bring it over the top. I’m excited to try it. Fingers crossed I’m successful!!
    Thanks for sharing your story and this yummy recipe!!

    1. Julie B., I can tell that you are indeed a hopeless romantic from your wonderful wonderful comment. Your love of romance and that it should come from the heart is truly clear from your post. I hope you like the Ravioli. It is the tomato that truly brings it together. Send me a pic, or better yet, invite me over when you make it!! 🙂

  6. What a great post and an excellent use of the words given to you, along with a fabulous recipe., the ravioli looks fabulous.

    Mine was fairly low key but we celebrate on the 17th Feb when we met many many moons ago xx

  7. When I read that you, the tomato lady, got a hot POTATO as your assignment I had to smile for the first time. All through your story I kept smiling. I can tell you had a wonderful night., just enjoying each other’s company. Hope that is true for tonight as well 🙂
    And those ravioli look spectacular!

  8. Oh my! I love what you did with my words! What an amazing post. I think frugal celebrations are the best. We often talk about how meaningful things can be when you create your own experiences. Your ravioli look wonderful! I’m going to have to look up that creamy mushroom sauce. YUM!

  9. Yum! This looks so good!
    I’ve got one vegetarian and five others to feed so I’m always thrilled to find a fun vegetarian recipe that everyone in the family would appreciate.
    I love the frugal aspect to it, right up the ally of my cheap little heart. 🙂
    I’m so glad you joined the challenge this month! Heading back to check out some more of your recipes!

    1. Hello Meg,

      Thank you for your post. Frugality is a virtue that few have mastered. You are one of those few. I am heading to your site and others that took part in this. It has been so much fun.

  10. Your Tomato Ravioli are a MUST in my kitchen, and soon. You really took me by surprise with the pistachio, can’t wait to see what that does to the flavor.

    And your story about not having to spend a lot of money to celebrate love is a great reminder of what really matters.