I remember as a kid, I LOVED the Chef Boyardee Beef Raviolis.  Even into my 30s I found myself eating them with Saltines.  Now, my favorite is a tossup between Pumpkin & Mushroom Sage.

Here are some things you may not know about them.

  1. The first mentions of Ravioli was in the 14th century Venus.
  2. The word ravioli is from an old Italian word riavvolgere (“to wrap”)
  3. Canned ravioli was pioneered by Chef Boyardee in the 1930’s
  4. “Fresh” packed ravioli lasts up for several week while fresh made lasts for just a few days.
  5.  Italian tradition  is to serve vegetarian ravioli, particularly on Fridays. Meats is served as a side or later in the meal.
  6. Ravioli appears in In India, a popular dish called Gujiya is similar to ravioli, however it is prepared sweet, with a filing of dry fruits, sugar and a mixture of sweet spices, then deep fried in vegetable oil.
  7. Ravioli nudi, or “naked ravioli”, refers to simply the filling without the pasta shell.
  8. Jewish cuisine has a similar dish called Kreplach, a pocket of meat or other filling covered by egg pasta.

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