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How to Cook Frozen & Fresh Ravioli

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Ireland Wolfe has been writing professionally since 2009, contributing to Toonari Post, Africana Online and Winzer Insurance. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Master of Arts in mental health counseling. She is also a licensed mental health counselor, registered nutritionist and yoga teacher.
How to Cook Frozen & Fresh Ravioli
Ravioli with shredded cheese. Photo Credit: Olha_Afanasieva/iStock/Getty Images

A traditional Italian dish, ravioli are pasta stuffed with cheese, meat or other filling and typically served with a marinara sauce. You can purchase pre-made frozen ravioli at your grocery store or you can make your own from scratch — and freeze them for later use if desired. The cooking process for fresh and frozen ravioli is the same; the only differences lie in the preparation and how long the ravioli need to cook.

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Step 1

Separate your fresh ravioli with a sharp knife, if they are attached to each other. You do not need to separate frozen ravioli.

Step 2

Add 4 to 6 quarts of water to a large pot. Sprinkle salt in the water and add 4 teaspoons of vegetable or olive oil to prevent your pasta from sticking.

Step 3

Boil the water over high heat. Cover your pot to help the water boil more quickly.

Step 4

Add the fresh or frozen ravioli to your boiling water. Frozen ravioli that are stuck together will break apart as they cook. Return to a boil.

Step 5

Cook your fresh ravioli for 5 to 7 minutes, uncovered. Frozen ravioli may need a few additional minutes. Do not stir because the ravioli may break apart. Test your ravioli for doneness by taking a bite after fishing one out with a slotted spoon.

Step 6

Drain your ravioli by gently pouring them into a strainer or by removing them with a slotted spoon. Serve with your favorite sauce.

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