How To Make St. Louis Toasted Ravioli

Homemade Fried Ravioli with Marinara Sauce and Basil

If you live outside of the St. Louis area, there’s a chance you’ve never had the greatest food on the planet before: St. Louis toasted ravioli. This stuff is out of this world. Yes, it’s even better than normal ravioli, and you have to try it for yourself. But just how do you make it? You don’t have to go out to your favorite restaurant just to whip this stuff up. Try it in the comfort of your own home, so you can share it with family and friends. Once they’ve tried it, it might just become a favorite at your home. Here’s how to put it together!


Here’s what you’re going to need for this recipe. Remember to pick up everything before you start cooking, and make sure you use up what’s already in your pantry.

  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 package (9 ounces) thawed beef ravioli
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • Fresh minced basil and additional shredded Parmesan cheese, optional
  • 1 cup marinara sauce

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Before you do anything else, you’ll have to set up your breading station. Set out three separate bowls. You should fill the first with bread crumbs and seasonings. In the second one, you’ll add your flour. And in the third goes your eggs (cracked, of course).

Next, you’ll get to dipping. First, dip your ravioli in the flour to get it nice and sticky. Then dip it in the egg, shaking off the excess as you go. Finally, dip it into the bread crumb bowl to give it a nice, healthy coating.

Once you’re done with the breading, heat a cast-iron skillet up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Fry the ravioli for about one to two minutes on each side, or until they’re a nice golden brown. Spoon them onto paper towels, so you can soak up the extra oil.

Now’s the time to garnish if you so desire. Add herbs, spices, or cheese to the tops of your ravioli. Serve them with marinara sauce, and you’re good to go.

You’re going to absolutely love this recipe. And it comes together so quickly, it can easily become a weeknight fave to share with the family. Try it out today!

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