Taste Test: The Best Ravioli

We sampled dozens of cheese ravioli brands to find these melty masterpieces.
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Best for Light Meals
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Celentano Light Cheese Ravioli

Surprise! These sunshaped ravioli (with only 2.5 grams of fat and 200 calories per serving) tasted better than many full-fat counterparts. Pungent romano cheese adds flavor to the mild, crumbly filling. "Maybe I'll finally start my diet now!" announced one taster. ($3.90 for 22 oz.)

Try with marinara, or use in our Beef Ravioli and Spinach Soup

 
Best for Weeknight Dinners
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Seviroli Three Cheese Large Ravioli

One bite of these oversize ravioli and our panel swooned in unison: "Soooooo creamy." Stuffed with ricotta, parmesan, pecorino-romano and flecks of parsley, they're flavorful enough to serve with just EVOO, salt and pepper. And because they're sold in bulk, they're wallet-friendly enough to eat every night of the week. ($8.85 for 4 lbs., at Sam's Club locations)

Toss with a little EVOO, salt and pepper, or use in our Eggplant Raviolini Soup

 
Best for Impressing Guests
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Pasta Prima Five Cheese Ravioli

One of the highest scorers in our history, these prompted one panelist to claim they were the best she'd had...ever. With feather-light dough and a silky filling -- a blend of sweet ricotta, parmigianoreggiano, romano, asiago, fontina and garlic -- they are total indulgence. ($4.22 for 8 oz.)

Take 'em over the top with alfredo, or use in our Ravioli Lasagna

 
Best for Kids
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New York Ravioli Jolie Ravioli Mac & Cheezy

Turn the perennial kid fave into a filling and stuff it into fun shapes like hearts and rocket ships. The result? An adorable and addictive dinner. "So cute and tasty!" raved a smitten mom. Our tot taster was too busy driving his car-shaped ravioli into his mouth to comment. ($3.99 for 12 oz.)

Dab with butter, or use in our Green Alien Ravioli with Edamame

 
Best for Date Night
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Buitoni All Natural Quattro Formaggi Agnolotti

Roasted garlic plus four cheeses give these seductive half-moons a complexity that meets its match in bright pesto. "These pack a sharp punch," said one panelist, who couldn't wait to cook them for his wife. Aw. ($4.69 for 9 oz.)

Stir with pesto, or use in our Pan-Fried Spinach Ravioli

 

 

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