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Easy Ravioli Sauce

This easy ravioli sauce is so easy to make with refrigerated or frozen ravioli. It has a thick and flavorful cream sauce with a hint of tomato flavor, simple seasonings, and fresh or canned diced tomatoes. Your family will love this 30-minute meal.

Be sure to serve this with a side of my Garlic Bread with Cheese!

A white plate with Ravioli in a tomato cream sauce with tomatoes.

Easy Ravioli Sauce

Nothing beats a gourmet-style ravioli sauce that you can have on the dinner table in 30 minutes flat. 

The 4-cheese ravioli that I use for this recipe is filled with a combination of ricotta, Romano, mozzarella, and gorgonzola. So I chose to use cream cheese and Parmesan cheese in the sauce- because that gives us a 6-cheese combination!

SIX! CHEESES! 🤯

Scroll down to see how to make it, read through my PRO tips, storage information, and more.

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Melt the butter in a large high-walled skillet and add minced garlic. Cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook for 2 more minutes. Add the tomato paste, onion powder, basil, oregano, and mustard powder. Stir to combine.

Making a roux and adding tomato paste and seasonings for ravioli sauce.

Add the chicken broth in splashes, stirring continuously. Slowly stir in the half and half. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer.

Adding chicken broth and cream to tomato paste and seasonings to make Ravioli Sauce.

Stir in the softened cream cheese and drained diced tomatoes. (Optional, reserve some of the tomato juice in case you’d like to thin the sauce out at the end.) Cook the pasta according to package instructions, drain. Reduce heat to low and stir in the Parmesan cheese.

Adding cream cheese, tomatoes, and Parmesan cheese to Ravioli Sauce.

 Add the ravioli and use a silicone spatula to gently stir until combined. Garnish with Parsley and red pepper flakes and serve!

Adding Ravioli to a creamy tomato sauce and stirring to combine.

Pro Tips

  • Freshly diced Roma tomatoes or regular diced tomatoes can be used instead of Rotel if preferred.
  • A teaspoon of hot sauce makes a nice addition to the sauce and won’t make it too spicy.
  • Optional additions include: Fresh spinach or fresh basil.
  • I use Rana refrigerated 4-cheese Ravioli with this recipe.
  • To soften the cream cheese quickly: Heat 2 cups of water in the microwave. Place 3 Tbsp. cream cheese in the microwave and close the door. Let it soften for 5 minutes.
  • Grate the Parmesan cheese from a block, it will melt and taste much better than packaged grated cheese.
  • 20 oz. tortellini can be used in this recipe as well. (Or try my easy Tortellini Sauce recipe!)

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • While you can freeze leftovers, ravioli doesn’t hold up quite as well after being frozen and reheated.

A pot of Ravioli in a cream sauce with tomatoes.

Tools For This Recipe

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  • This is the Le Creuset skillet I used in this recipe, (and in 90% of my recipes). It’s pricey, but it conducts heat really well and is oven safe. The size is perfect and the quality is great.
  • Pasta Strainer– This is the one I have and love.
  • Box Cheese Grater– Always shred cheese from a block, it melts and tastes much better. Bagged shredded cheese contains cellulose which prevents it from melting as well.
  • Silicone Spatula– I use these every time I cook. It makes it easy to carefully toss the ravioli into the sauce.

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Easy Ravioli Sauce

5 from 9 ratings
This easy ravioli sauce is so easy to make with refrigerated or frozen ravioli. It has a thick and flavorful cream sauce with a hint of tomato flavor, simple seasonings, and fresh or canned diced tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons salted butter, I use Land O' Lakes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon EACH: onion powder, dried basil, dried oregano, mustard powder
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups half and half, half cream half milk
  • 10 oz. Rotel tomatoes with green chilies
  • 3 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 20 oz. refrigerated ravioli
  • Parsley, to garnish
  • Red Pepper Flakes, to garnish

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a large high-walled skillet. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook for 2 more minutes. Add the tomato paste, onion powder, basil, oregano, and mustard powder. Stir to combine.
  • Add the chicken broth in splashes, stirring continuously. Slowly stir in the half and half. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer.
  • Stir in the softened cream cheese and drained diced tomatoes. (Optional, reserve some of the tomato juice in case you’d like to thin the sauce out at the end.)
  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions, drain.
  • Reduce heat of the sauce to low. Gradually sprinkle in the Parmesan cheese and stir until combined.
  • Add the ravioli and use a silicone spatula to gently stir until combined.
  • Garnish with Parsley and red pepper flakes and serve!

Notes

  • Freshly diced Roma tomatoes or regular diced tomatoes can be used instead of Rotel if preferred.
  • A teaspoon of hot sauce makes a nice addition to the sauce and won’t make it too spicy.
  • Optional additions include: Fresh spinach or fresh basil.
  • I use Rana refrigerated 4-cheese Ravioli with this recipe.
  • To soften the cream cheese quickly: Heat 2 cups of water in the microwave. Place 3 Tbsp. cream cheese in the microwave and close the door. Let it soften for 5 minutes.
  • Grate the Parmesan cheese from a block, it will melt and taste much better than packaged grated cheese.
  • 20 oz. tortellini can be used in this recipe as well.

Storage: 
  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
  • While you can freeze leftovers, ravioli doesn't hold up quite as well after being frozen and reheated.

Nutrition

Calories: 513kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 19g, Fat: 28g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 100mg, Sodium: 904mg, Potassium: 244mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 627IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 177mg, Iron: 11mg

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27 comments on “Easy Ravioli Sauce”

  1. This was an amazing recipe!!! I added Sautéed ground meat for my husband and we both loved it. As always your recipes are all good and bursting with flavors. You are my favorite recipe blogger and I look forward to more scrumptious recipes. Also where did you get the plates you plated this in?

    • Hey Gail! Thank you so much I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying my recipes, thank you so much!! The plates that I use here are from Crate and Barrel, “Toben Dinner Plate” (except this isn’t the dinner size, it’s the salad size!)

  2. Very tastey. Will cook again.

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