Ravioli with Creamy Parmesan Sauce

Ravioli in a creamy Parmesan sauce topped with toasted breadcrumbs is a decadent way to warm up when it’s cold. It’s a cozy pasta recipe for two.

a bowl of pasta with a fork.

This ravioli with parmesan cream sauce is one of those once-in-awhile treats best served on a cold and snowy January day when you’re craving something cozy and comforting. It’s a small-batch recipe with tender cheese-filled pasta, a creamy parmesan cheese sauce flavored with garlic, and a toasty breadcrumb topping. In other words, it’s a rich and decadent dinner for two.

How to Make It

This creamy ravioli starts on the stove and finishes in the oven. The sauce is a simple Parmesan sauce flavored with garlic and Italian seasoning and thickened with a little flour. Coat the ravioli in the sauce and sprinkle buttery breadcrumbs over the top – once it bakes in the oven those crumbs turn into a toasty crust that pairs perfectly with the creamy pasta.

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Ravioli with Creamy Parmesan Sauce

a bowl of ravioli with parmesan cream sauce.

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Ravioli in a creamy parmesan sauce topped with crispy breadcrumbs is a comforting dinner for two.

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American



For the Ravioli

  • 1 (9-oz) package fresh cheese ravioli
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Topping

  • 2 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small cubes (see note)
  • Chopped fresh chives, for garnish (optional)


  1. Boil the ravioli according to package directions. Drain and set it aside while you make the sauce.
  2. In a 3-quart saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the garlic and Italian seasoning and cook it all together for a minute or so. Add the flour and stir until a paste forms. Cook the paste for a minute or so, stirring continuously.
  3. Slowly add the milk and whisk to create a smooth sauce. Cook the sauce over medium heat until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about ten minutes. Add the cheese and stir until it has melted into the sauce. Add the black pepper and stir again.
  4. Add the cooked ravioli to the pan with the sauce and gently stir it to coat it in the sauce. Divide the pasta and sauce between two oven-safe bowls.
  5. Turn the broiler on and place an oven rack in the top spot in the oven. In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and cheese. Sprinkle the mixture over the pasta in the bowls. Top the breadcrumbs with the cubed butter. Place the bowls on a sheet pan and transfer them to the oven. Broil until the breadcrumbs are toasted, about three to five minutes. Garnish with chopped chives, if using.


The sauce is extra saucy, so if you prefer less, reduce the amount of milk to 3/4 cup.

If you don’t have small oven-safe bowls, you can bake the ravioli in a small baking dish instead.

Swap the butter for one tablespoon of olive oil for extra crispy breadcrumbs. Mix the breadcrumbs with the oil and seasonings and sprinkle over the top of the pasta.


  • Calories: 859
  • Sugar: 8.3g
  • Sodium: 1341.9mg
  • Fat: 42.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 25.1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 12.4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 80.1g
  • Fiber: 3.5g
  • Protein: 39.4g
  • Cholesterol: 142.1mg

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The nutrition is an estimate only. It was calculated using Nutrifox, an online nutrition calculator.

Side Dishes

This Parmesan ravioli bake is very rich, so it goes great with a simple vegetable on the side. Roasted broccoli and sauteed green beans are two of my favorites. Or make a tossed green salad with a light vinaigrette. It will balance out the richness of the pasta and sauce.

a bowl of ravioli with parmesan cream sauce.

If you’re craving a cozy pasta, this ravioli with Parmesan sauce is for you. I hope you try it soon!

Happy cooking!


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  1. Well this most certainly looks good. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I look forward to reading more of your posts and am subscribing right now.

    1. I was looking for a recipe that did not call for half and half or heavy cream because I am out. This recipe is perfect. Full of flavor. Thank you for sharing

  2. Threw this together quickly to go over some spinach cheese ravioli and used heavy cream because that is what had. I needed to add some pasta water but it turned out great

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