Fresh Pasta/ Seafood Pasta

Ricotta and Smoked Salmon Ravioli

February 1, 2015 (Last Updated: February 6, 2021)

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Total time to make this recipe: 1 hour 30 minutes

I can call this dish my “forte”; it is one of my favorites and always makes an awesome impression when I serve it to my guests.
Making fresh pasta doesn’t requires exceptional abilities, you only have to get used to it. The first time it will take you maybe 1 hour to make, the second time 45 minutes and so on.
Making stuffed pasta such as Ravioli, certainly requires some time. But it will be all worth it!

All the ingredients in this dish are well balanced: the aromatic smoked salmon with the ricotta, the tangy lemon with the cream and a sprinkle of chives and pink pepper everywhere.
The final result is so delicate yet so tasty. It’s a show stopper.

fork cutting into a homemade ravioli with ricotta and salmon
corner view of a plate full of homemade ravioli and creamy sauce
glass of white wine in foreground with ravioli plate on the background

The tools

To make fresh pasta you don’t need to spend a lot of money in pricey machinery. All you need is a working space (a large cutting board or a table made of wood or marble) and a rolling pin. Of course if you wish to invest in the craft, you can buy a pasta machine. It will certainly save you a lot of time and the pasta sheets will be of even thickness.

I have a beautiful classic Imperia pasta machine at home in Italy so I always refrained from buying a new one here in the Netherlands. But since it’s way too heavy to bring in my handluggage, after 3 years I decided it was time to get a new one. Worst case scenario I’ll have 2 at some point which is not so bad. I first went for a cheap one in a local store thinking they would be all the same, but I brought it back the same day because the metal was dangerously sharp and the handle didn’t rotate very well. So I bought another Imperia pasta machine and it is as perfect as I remembered. You can buy one too on Amazon (affiliate link):

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To cut the famous ravioli shape you can buy a ravioli cutter or you can use just use a wine glass to cut round ravioli. You can also use cookie cutters with regular shapes or even just cut a square shape with a knife. These are the cutters I mostly use, other than the above mentioned tools (affiliate link):

cutting board overhead with homemade raw ravioli from scratch

Making Ravioli from scratch:

Check also this post to learn more about making fresh pasta from scratch.

Step 1.

Make the dough as described in the recipe instructions and let it rest. When it’s time to roll it out, divide it in 4 parts and work on 1 by 1. Keep the remaining dough still wrapped to prevent it from drying.

pasta dough on a cutting board with a rolling pin and a scraper

Step 2.

Roll out the dough. If you’re using a pasta machine, start with the widest thickness and slowly roll it thinner and thinner until it’s almost translucent. Since the ravioli have 2 layers of pasta, the sheets should be quite thin so that the overlaying side it’s not too thick but also not too thin that will break during the boiling.

hand under a pasta dough sheet to show how thin it should be

Step 3.

If you roll it by hand, make a square shape and place the stuffing only on the lower part of the sheet so it can be overlayed with the top part. If you’re using a pasta machine you can simply use 2 separate sheets.

The stuffing should not be too large nor too small. Leave enough space (as big as the filling itself) around it to make sure you can cut it out easily.

pasta dough rolled out with ravioli filling piped in two rows

Step 4.

Cover with the other sheet of pasta and cut the ravioli.

It’s not necessary to seal the edges with a fork after the assembly. But if you don’t want the ravioli to open during the boiling, make sure you slightly brush the edges of both sheets of pasta with water. Press well down with your fingers to stick them together. Make sure all the air gets out otherwise it will create a bubble. Let them rest at least 10 minutes before boiling, so the water dries and the pasta sheets stick well together.

pasta dough rolled over the filling to close the ravioli
fork with homemade ravioli cut in half, filled with ricotta and salmon

The Recipe

Ricotta and Smoked Salmon Ravioli

A creamy filling of smoked salmon and Italian Ricotta cheese make these ravioli the star of the meal. Serve them with a lemon cream sauce.
4.67 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Author: Jessica – Cooking my Dreams


For the Pasta Dough

  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 2 Eggs

For the Filling

  • 3/4 cup Ricotta
  • 4 oz Smoked Salmon
  • Parsley

For the Sauce

  • 2/3 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1-2 tbsp Lemon Juice, to taste
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Chives
  • Pink Peppercorns, optional


For the Pasta Dough

  • Have a large table or cutting board cleaned and ready to make the fresh pasta. Keep a clean towel next to you to rest the ravioli.
  • In a large wooden board (or a large bowl) put all the flour creating kind of a mountain, make a hole in the center and break the eggs in. Add a pinch of salt and with a fork start mixing the eggs slowly.
  • Still mixing with the fork, add the flour to the eggs a little bit at a time until it gets all mixed up together.
  • When you’ve added already most of the flour and it becomes hard to mix with the fork, get your hands dirty! Mix well with your hands until it becomes a uniform dough, add some more flour to the board if necessary and knead for 10-15 minutes until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.
  • Now cover the dough in plastic wrap and set aside to rest for 10-15 minutes. Just enough time to make the filling.

For the Filling

  • Finely chop the smoked salmon and mix it with the ricotta in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper and add the finely chopped parsley. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it aside in the fridge.

To make the Ravioli

  • Remove the plastic wrap and cut the dough into 4 equal parts. Take one and cover the others again with the plastic wrap.
  • With a rolling pin or pasta machine, roll the dough until it gets really thin, almost translucent.
  • Proceed with the same process also for the rest of the dough.
  • With a teaspoon or a sac-a-poche place the filling in the center, brush with water around the filling and cover with the other pasta sheet. Pinch with your finger starting from one side and slowly all around to also remove the air from inside the ravioli.
  • Cut the ravioli, then press again the edges with your fingers to make sure they’re well stick together and then set the ravioli aside on the clean cloth to rest. Proceed with the same process for the rest of the pasta.
  • Bring to boil a large pot of salted water, then toss the ravioli slowly one by one being careful not to open them.
  • Let them cook about 3-4 minutes (the cooking time mostly depends on the thickness of your pasta. Taste one to make sure is al dente).
  • Meanwhile in a pan bring to simmer the cream and squeeze in it the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper.
  • When the ravioli are cooked, add them to lemon cream sauce and finally add the chopped chives and parsley.


Add some pink peppercorns on top for extra bold flavor.


Calories: 820 kcal | Carbohydrates: 82 g | Protein: 35 g | Fat: 37 g | Saturated Fat: 20 g | Cholesterol: 300 mg | Sodium: 636 mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: handmade pasta, italian food, stuffed pasta
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plate of ricotta and salmon ravioli

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    Shanna Jones
    September 3, 2018 at 6:21 am

    Yum, all those flavors! I need to try my hand at making my own pasta one day. This recipe is really making me want to do it!

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    September 3, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Ricotta and salmon pair so wonderful together. I love this combo. Can’t wait to make this for my family. It’s perfect family dinner if you ask me. My kiddo is such a fan of ravioli.

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    Sally Humeniuk
    September 3, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    What a delicious, different ravioli! Your step-by-step instructions make the recipe seem incredible doable. We love homemade pasta, pinning this recipe to make soon. Thanks for sharing!

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    December 15, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Yummy!! I have to try this recipe. Pics are beautiful. Great blog, thanks!!!

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    March 28, 2019 at 9:06 am

    JESSICA, thanks! Very tasty ravioli turned out. Very cool photos!

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    April 3, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Jessica, it’s really awesome! This will quickly become a favorite in our house!

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    February 11, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Thank you for a great Recipe!

    How far in advance could you make the ravioli? I was planning to make this 2 days in advance of eating?

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      Jessica - Cooking my Dreams
      February 11, 2020 at 12:20 pm

      Hi Ellie!
      If you make fresh pasta in advance it will oxidate in the fridge. It will still be edible but really unappetizing to see.

      I suggest to freeze them, spread out on a plate so they don’t stick to each other and toss in boiling water at the moment of cooking.

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        February 11, 2020 at 7:54 pm

        Thank you so much for your reply! Do I just need to put them in boiling water straight from frozen?

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    April 14, 2020 at 1:33 am

    Made this the other night…. super delicious recipe! Even my 4 year old LOVED them. Will definitely be making this again. Thanks 🙂

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