Trader Joe’s is known for its convenient, cost effective, yet tasty meal offerings. Their ravioli selection is no exception. A great go-to meal, ravioli is so versatile that it can be a quick and easy lunch, a simple weeknight meal, or an elegant dinner. If you’re not familiar with what they are, they are little pillows of pasta with different fillings. Trader Joe’s has so many varieties that it’s often hard to choose. Here we review 7 of the best Trader Joe’s ravioli:
1. Lobster Ravioli
There is something so fun about this red and yellow striped ravioli! Not only is it filled with decadent lobster, but it also looks really cool on your plate! Since lobster is its namesake ingredient, this dish definitely tastes like lobster. But at this price point you can’t expect large chunks. Even so, the flavor definitely shines through the ricotta and mozzarella.
As an adult Harry Potter fan, I can’t help but think of his scarf whenever I eat these, although I don’t necessarily recommend this for kids. The best thing about this version is the sophisticated mix of flavors in the filling, so a simple garlic herb butter would work well as a sauce.
2. Butternut Squash Ravioli
This is a great autumnal offering among Trader Joe’s signature ravioli. Located in the refrigerated section, this makes a delicious fall flavored meal. Butternut squash is divinely creamy, the perfect texture for a filling. Since it is stored in the refrigerator, you can quickly prepare this dish and expect it to taste freshly made. Butternut squash used in this way may be a bit sweet, but the ricotta and mozzarella mellow it out. This dish works well with browned butter and sage over it.
3. Honey Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli
Another visually captivating pasta, these yellow and orange pillows of salty sweetness offer an unusual twist on ravioli. This may not be for everyone, yet the flavors here can be comforting on a cool fall day. This dish is both sweet and savory and with the added nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon, it encompasses the quintessential flavors of fall. We recommend that you serve with a simple sage and browned butter sauce.
4. Mushroom Ravioli with Truffle Sauce
This mushroom ravioli is the only one on our list that is found in the freezer section. It may look a bit daunting right out of the bag, with chunks of truffle sauce and frozen ravioli, but it cooks up to look much better. As frozen meals go, this one turns out quite tasty, plus you can keep it in the refrigerator just in case.
The sauce that melts into the pasta tastes like a super-rich full bodied mushroom explosion with hints of truffle. These have a very decadent mushroom flavor layered throughout the filling and broth, with mushroom pieces to round it out. This is the only ravioli on our list that comes with its own sauce, making it super easy to cook!
5. Cauliflower Mezzelune
Mezzelune means “moon shaped” and we can’t believe how pretty these half-moon ravioli are! They look very decorative on a plate and taste just as good as they look unless you don’t happen to like cauliflower. These have a thin skin of pasta filled with roasted cauliflower and a tasty mix of ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and grana padano PDO cheese, which is similar to parmesan. Plated, these moon-shaped pasta look very inviting and pair well with a tasty tomato or even a pesto sauce.
6. Goat Cheese Ravioli
I can only recommend this for goat cheese lovers. If you are not a fan of goat cheese, this may not be your cup of tea. Goat cheese is tart, and this comes through in the ravioli. There is no doubt that there is goat cheese in these as the flavor is quite prominent.
Although there are sun-dried tomatoes in the filling that add complexity to the flavor, it’s the goat cheese that dominates. The outer pasta on this has a slight green tint as it is a spinach-based pasta. Being made with goat instead of ricotta cheese these ravioli are a bit dry, so a marinara or vodka sauce would be the perfect addition.
7. Mini Ravioli
We have added this one dry pasta to our review since it’s a very versatile ravioli and a great pantry staple. Added into a batch of soup, these cute little ravioli hold their shape and will turn any soup into a hearty meal. Because they’re so tiny in size, these are super popular with kids. I have even tossed them in butter and cheese for a winning last-minute lunch for my kiddos. You can keep these mini ravioli in the pantry to have on hand for days when you can’t make it to the store.
Now that you’ve had a chance to read about several ravioli offerings from Trader Joe’s – is your mouth watering yet? Admittedly, we’ve had our fill of ravioli but still can’t wait to try the next ones! Keep an eye out as Trader Joe’s seems to come out with a new type each season! Let us know if you try any of these or discover a new one! Who knows, it might even show up in one of our posts!