Oh Monday… you look good.

Crunchy Oven-Fried Cheese Ravioli I howsweeteats.com

I’ve made no bones about it: growing up, pasta was just not my thing. Combined with my utter distaste for all tomato sauce, noodles never ever did it for me. My mom religiously made pasta every Thursday night (it’s still happening) and you could often find me up in my room hungry and throwing the tantrum of the century… every single week.

Wish I grew out of that, but… I threw a massive tantrum last Sunday night when my husband refused to watch the Golden Globes with me and gossip about celebrities. He’s no fun.

Some things never change?

Occasionally my mom would toss some gnocchi or ravioli into the mix to appease me, but I would still choose to pout and be generally bratty in that… adorable 13-year old way. I can’t wait to have teenagers.

Crunchy Oven-Fried Cheese Ravioli I howsweeteats.com

While I’ve made a habit of baking some of my previously favorite fried foods (think chicken fingers, fish sticks and mashed potatoes), ravioli has never made the cut. Which is stupid, because uh… it’s perfect. And now it’s crunchy on the outside, soft and cheesy on the inside.

Say what?

Crunchy Oven-Fried Cheese Ravioli I howsweeteats.com

Ideal for a night time snack attack.

And lots more filling than an entire bag of Trader Joe’s Crunchy Curls emotionally eaten while on your ninth consecutive hour of Dexter. But I’m not sure of that or anything.

Crunchy Oven-Fried Cheese Ravioli I howsweeteats.com

Ooooh I like this part.

Like, really like this part.

Crunchy Oven-Fried Cheese Ravioli I howsweeteats.com

Crunchy Oven-Fried Cheese Ravioli

serves 2-4, depending on ravioli size

1 pound frozen cheese ravioli (about 40 pieces)

3 egg whites, lightly beaten

1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1 3/4 cups panko breadcrumbs

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

3 tablespoons grated romano cheese + more for topping

pinch of salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

marinara sauce for dipping

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top. Spray the rack with nonstick spray. Add egg whites to one bowl, and in a larger bowl mix flour, bread crumbs, panko, romano, salt and pepper.

Bring water to a boil and cook ravioli for half of the recommended time. I let mine boil for a little over 2 minutes, then drained them and quickly spray through them with nonstick spray to help them not stick together. Once cool to the touch, dip each ravioli in egg whites then coat thoroughly with the breadcrumb mixture, pressing to adhere. Place on the wire rack and repeat until finished. Spray each with a quick hit of nonstick spray. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until crispy and golden.

Serve hot with marinara for dipping.

Crunchy Oven-Fried Cheese Ravioli I howsweeteats.com

But I like that part better.

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166 Responses to “Crunchy Oven-Fried Cheese Ravioli.”

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    Cait's Plate — January 23, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    Just when I think you can’t top yourself…you go and do this. INCREDIBLE.

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    Elizabeth @ Chronic Venture — January 23, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    yum yum yum!!

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    Melanie — January 23, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    YES! YES!! YES!!!!

    BTW – those oatmeal cupcakes were the freakin bomb!

    I just cain’t quit yew!! (**sloppy kiss**)

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    Erin — January 23, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    Yummy crunchy and gooey!

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    Rachel — January 23, 2012 @ 11:12 am

    Giant Costo bag of cheese ravioli, meet your fate.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 23, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    My brother and SIL had toasted ravioli at their baby shower in the fall. I’ve been wanting to make it ever since but kept forgetting! Looks fantastic!! :)

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    Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño — January 23, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    already saw your ravioli’s on pinterest, love love this idea!!!!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — January 23, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    Awesome! I was just wondering if I could bake fried ravioli. I’m going to make them for girls night this Friday!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 23, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    Mmmmm! I just pinned these little beauties for this weekend. Got a party coming up.

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    Jessica — January 23, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    I love you. Can I live in your kitchen? I promise not to take up much space!

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    Carrie — January 23, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    I’m always comforted to know I’m not the only person who didn’t love the tomato sauce thing growing up.

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    CouponClippingCook — January 23, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    What a great idea. Another post of yours that I’m bookmarking. They look delicious.

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    honeywhatscooking — January 23, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    genius!
    just genius!
    you are amazing!
    I would love to be in your brain!

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    Cat @Breakfast to Bed — January 23, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

    omg yes. yes for my superbowl party, yes for my mouth. yes for my well….nevermind.

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — January 23, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

    I love the idea of breading these and making something good even better…This is Scott’s dream food!!!

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    paige — January 23, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    I have frozen ravioli in freezer just waiting to be oven fried. Been wanting to do it! yummm

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    Katie — January 23, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    Crunchy?! And dippable?! That’s the best news.

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — January 23, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    Um, how amazing do these look! I’m speachless. I’ve always wanted to try fried ravioli but in my tiny little town I’d have to make them myself, and I just don’t fry things. I will totally be trying these!

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    Clarissa — January 23, 2012 @ 1:29 pm

    Oh my gosh, I HAVE to make these. I’m from St. Louis and love love love toasted ravioli, which is breaded and fried ravioli served with marinara sauce. But now I can enjoy my hometown favorite without the guilt and without getting splattered with hot scary grease! Thanks for sharing!!

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — January 23, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

    This would be the most perfect appetizer! You are genius!!

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    Anita — January 23, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

    Okay, dangit! I MUST try this.

    BUT

    I came here, because I found this link and I simply HAD to show you. HAD TO.
    http://www.bellalimento.com/2011/02/05/sweet-spicy-bacon-coated-with-nutella/
    Because OMG.

    I’ll be in my bunk.

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    Kimberly — January 23, 2012 @ 2:14 pm

    Making these for our Bachelor girls night tonight!! YES!!!!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 23, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    What a wonderful idea! My family would love this and what a perfect appetizer for parties!! I’m saving this one for my to do list!!!

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    christina @ ovenadventures — January 23, 2012 @ 2:30 pm

    i love fried ravioli but i’ve never done it in the oven. totally awesome!

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    Quiche-ing Queen — January 23, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    What a great recipe! We are a family of snackers and I know everyone would love these. Must make them this weekend when we’re still in jambes at noon watching 80s movies.

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    Gayle — January 23, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    Love these! Going to feature them on my Super Bowl food roundup!

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    nancy k — January 23, 2012 @ 3:08 pm

    What a great idea…these for sure will be on my menu for my Superbowl thing.
    They look super yummy.
    Thanks!!

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — January 23, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    INCREDIBLE. Perfect for super bowl parties!

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    Jodi @ Southern Flavored Life — January 23, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    These look alot better than the ones at Olive Garden! ;-)

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    Chrysa — January 23, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    I agree with you completely about the pasta thing! When I was a kid, “eating pasta” meant boiled spaghetti with a jar of Ragu. I spent my whole life thinking, “I don’t like pasta.” But then, I discovered wider, thicker noodles (thatswhatshesaid) and sauces using an olive oil base or an alfredo. Now I can almost say that pasta is my favorite food!

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    natalie (the sweets life) — January 23, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

    “toasted ravioli” is what this is called in St. Louis, where this is one of our city’s foods, if you will. This looks far better than most restaurant versions I’ve seen! You rock Jess!: )

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    danielle — January 23, 2012 @ 3:51 pm

    This looks great! Thanks!

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    Kristin — January 23, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    Oooohh, genius!

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    kyla — January 23, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    Toasted ravioli! It’s a big thang here in Saint Louis. I’ve never been that crazy about it but this looks delish.

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    Sarah @ The Healthy Diva — January 23, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    I think my brother would die and go to heaven if I made this for dinner. He is the ultimate pasta lover. Bookmarked to make when I get back from holidays!

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    Heather — January 23, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    I’m from St. Louis as well and my boyfriend is a toasted ravioli fanatic. I didn’t have a dinner plan for tonight yet, and then you posted this (you have impeccable timing, by the way), which I have all of the ingredients for at home. I can’t wait to get going on these!

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    • Heather — January 23rd, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

      Update: These are AMAZING! Thanks so much!

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    Corrie Anne — January 23, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

    Perfect Valentine’s dinner idea!!!

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    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen — January 23, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

    I loooove fried ravioli! Thanks for lightening this up for me!

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    Samantha — January 23, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

    These look super amazing! In fact, they gave me an idea I think you should make: deep fried cheesecake! How fantastic would that be?! My pants would never fit me again!

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    Tabitha — January 23, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    This looks amazing. Can’t wait to try this.

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    Kristy (Sweet Treats & More) — January 23, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    Oh my word this is a must try!

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    Cassie — January 23, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

    I’ve never had a problem with pasta but I love ravioli just the same. love, love, love this.

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    Emily — January 23, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    I have no words. These look amazeballs.

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    Grant Turner — January 23, 2012 @ 11:02 pm

    Made these tonight and they were amazing!

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    Melinda — January 23, 2012 @ 11:14 pm

    Woah.

    I was JUST looking at a recipe for crunchy ravioli on allrecipees the other day because it was one of the top voted pictures. And I was like WHAT? Crunchy ravioli? Impossible. But your pictures make it look de-licious so.

    Must try.

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    nicole {sweet peony} — January 23, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

    i love toasted ravioli! yummers!!

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    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — January 24, 2012 @ 12:10 am

    this IS perfect for superbowl! which reminds me that I made your mac and cheese cups for last superbowl!!

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    Dana B — January 24, 2012 @ 2:13 am

    No matter how many times I hear it, I just can’t comprehend “don’t like pasta” :) Baked ravioli. wild concept, but it looks great!!

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    DawnB — January 24, 2012 @ 8:29 am

    Awesome idea – and it’s not deep fried.

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    thelittleloaf — January 24, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    These look amazing! I love ravioli anyway, but done like this they could be served as a snack with drinks or numerous other possibilities. Amazing.

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