Cheese Ravioli with Brown Butter and Fresh Tomato Sauce

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This recipe for Cheese Ravioli with Brown Butter and Fresh Tomato Sauce is a great way to jazz up store-bought, packaged fresh ravioli.  Watch the video showing you how to make this Cheese Ravioli with Brown Butter, and then scroll to the bottom of this post and print out the complete recipe so you can make it at home.

overhead shot of brown butter ravioli with tomatoes on a white plate set on a red/white checked napkin

This Ravioli with Brown Butter is such a fabulous, super-quick option for a weeknight dinner.  And it’s especially good to make in the summer when tomatoes are ripe and sweet and perfect.

My son has always dubbed ravioli as his favorite dinner choice ever.  It figures that he chooses something that is usually purchased already made either frozen or fresh.  That makes dinner easy for me, but I generally like to jazz things like that up a bit.

This recipe drizzles brown butter and basil with lightly sauteed tomatoes over freshly cooked ravioli.  It couldn’t be simpler or more delicious.  And this recipe happens to be one of the recipes in my cookbook!

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brown butter ravioli with tomatoes on a white plate set on a red/white checked napkin

How to make Ravioli with Brown Butter:

Butter is melted and simmered until it begins to brown.  Have you ever tasted brown butter?  It turns into a nutty and sweet, addicting sort of sauce.  When you add fresh cherry tomatoes to the pan, they wilt rather quickly and begin to burst.  That’s when you take the sauce off the heat and add it to hot, cooked ravioli.  It’s SO GOOD.

This is one of those recipes that is good to make when you just want to pick up a few ingredients and you don’t want to have to put a lot of effort into dinner.  My family loves this Ravioli with Brown Butter!

brown butter ravioli with tomatoes garnished with fresh basil on a white plate set on a red/white checked napkin

If you’re looking for a few more dinner recipes that call for just a few ingredients, you might also enjoy my Parmesan Crusted Chicken and this Slow Cooker Taco ChickenHow to Cook the Best Ribs in the Oven, Easy Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Slow Cooker Pulled Pork are super easy dinner choices too.

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Cheese Ravioli with Brown Butter and Fresh Tomato Sauce

Here's a great way to jazz up cheese ravioli!
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 434kcal
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Pasta, ravioli


  • Two 9-ounce packages fresh ravioli
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) salted butter
  • 2 cups cherry or pear tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  • Cook the ravioli according to package directions.
  • While the ravioli is cooking, prepare the sauce.  In a medium skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.  Reduce the heat to low, add the tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes begin to soften and burst and the butter turns brown, about 7 minutes.  Stir in the basil.  Season the sauce with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve the brown butter- tomato sauce over the freshly cooked ravioli.  Sprinkle individual servings with cheese.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 434kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 763mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 790IU | Vitamin C: 11.7mg | Calcium: 122mg | Iron: 9.4mg



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  • Millican Pecan wrote:

    This is so good! I like brown butter anything, and this is so easy. And pretty! Thanks for sharing. The simplicity makes it a winner.

  • Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert wrote:

    Wonderful easy dinner recipe Lori – love that browned butter too – and I’m with your son, ravioli is always a great idea! Happy weekend 🙂