We hate to admit it, but it seems that the expression is true: Italian grandmothers really do make the best homemade ravioli. Even Sarah Jessica Parker thinks so.

So what are those of us without a little nonna kneading flour and egg in our kitchen to do? Do we have to succumb to not-too-bad grocery store variety over homemade ravioli? Luckily not. We just have to be willing to put in a little work ourselves.

While we might not have the guidance of generations upon generations showing us how to work the dough, what we do have is a handful of creative recipes to make ravioli exciting. Because how many four cheese raviolis can you really eat in your life?

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  • Shiitake And Arugula Ravioli

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://norecipes.com/blog/shiitake-and-arugula-ravioli-recipe/">Shiitake and Arugula Ravioli recipe</a> by No Recipes</strong>

  • Lemon Ricotta Ravioli With Sage Brown Butter Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bakerita.com/lemon-ricotta-ravioli-with-sage-brown-butter-sauce/">Lemon Ricotta Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter Sauce recipe</a> by Bakerita</strong>

  • Beef Ravioli With Homemade Pasta

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.slowcookingkitchen.com/2012/06/beef-ravioli-w-homemade-pasta.html">Beef Ravioli With Homemade Pasta recipe</a> by SCK Recipes</strong>

  • Pumpkin Ravioli With Brown Butter Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.savorysimple.net/pumpkin-ravioli-with-brown-butter-sauce/">Pumpkin Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce recipe</a> by Savory Simple</strong>

  • Beet & Chevre Ravioli With Poppy Seed Butter

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.reclaimingprovincial.com/2010/11/07/beet-chevre-ravioli/">Beet & Chevre Ravioli with Poppy Seed Butter recipe</a> by Reclaiming Provincial</strong>

  • Ricotta And Spinach Ravioli

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://ourlittlegreendot.com/ricotta-and-spinach-ravioli-recipe/">Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli recipe</a> by Little Green Dot</strong>

  • Fresh Goat Cheese Ravioli

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://eastvillagekitchen.com/2008/12/06/fresh-goat-cheese-ravioli-recipe/comment-page-1/#comment-4251">Fresh Goat Cheese Ravioli recipe</a> by East Village Kitchen</strong>

  • Eggplant Spelt Ravioli

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.loveandzest.com/2012/03/eggplant-spelt-ravioli-giveaway.html">Eggplant Spelt Ravioli recipe</a> by Love & Zest</strong>

  • Meat & Spinach Ravioli

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://theitaliandishblog.com/imported-20090913150324/2010/2/12/the-lost-ravioli-recipes-of-hoboken.html">Meat & Spinach Ravioli recipe</a> by The Italian Dish</strong>

  • Pumpkin Ravioli In A Walnut-Sage Cider Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.theprofessionalpalate.com/blog/the-recipe-redux-pumpkin-ravioli-in-a-walnut-sage-cider-sauc.html">Pumpkin Ravioli in a Walnut-Sage Cider Sauce recipe</a> by The Professional Palate</strong>

  • Beet Greens Ravioli

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.gastronomersguide.com/2009/06/beet-green-ravioli-with-brown-butter.html">Beet Greens Ravioli recipe</a> by Gastronomer's Guide</strong>

  • Lamb And Sweetbread Ravioli

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://pepperandsherry.com/2012/10/01/lamb-heart-and-sweetbread-ravioli-and-exciting-news/">Lamb And Sweetbread Ravioli recipe</a> by Pepper & Sherry</strong>

  • Pumpkin Ravioli With Butter Sage Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://butterybooks.com/maindishes/pumpkin-ravioli-with-butter-sage-sauce-recipe/">Pumpkin Ravioli with Butter Sage Sauce recipe</a> by Buttery Books</strong>

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