Good news for all you lovers of small square-shaped pasta bites stuffed with cheese, meat, vegetables, and other mouthwatering ingredients, because now there’s an entire day devoted to ravioli. March 20 is one of the most wonderful little-known holidays of the year — National Ravioli Day (a day we’re sure Adam Sandler and Chris Farley would love). Finally, a made-up holiday to be loved by all.
Ravioli, loosely defined as stuffed pasta created by placing filling between two thin pieces of pasta, was, to quell your historical curiosity, first mentioned in Italy in the 14th century, gaining more notoriety in Rome and Tuscany as the decades passed.
In honor of such a delicious celebration, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite ravioli recipes from some of New York’s most acclaimed pasta geniuses. There’s a ravioli recipe for whatever you’re craving — ones stuffed with oxtail for the carnivorous, halibut ravioli served in a spicy spinach sauce for a fresh bite of seafood, and a simple cheese and butter version for the minimalist. These indulgent dishes are easy to make and even easier to enjoy, making you the master of your own (ravioli) creation.
Daisy Melamed is a freelance writer based out of New York City, and also writes for the New York Daily News and New York Magazine, among others.