Creamy Pesto Ravoili

It’s easy to get stuck in a past rut, making the same pasta recipes week after week! Sometimes you just need to switch things up! This Creamy Pesto Ravioli is loaded with vegetables and comes together in a flash! Making it perfect for a weeknight meal.

You’ll also love the flavor combination between the creamy pesto, the lemon zest, and the ricotta cheese-filled ravioli. It’s so delicious, easy, and comforting! 

Ravioli with Pesto sauce and veggies on a white platter

Why You’ll Love This:

  • Ravioli is one of the quickest cooking pasta, next to any kind of Angel Hair Pasta Recipe, and using a store-bought pesto sauce also helps speed up the process  of this dish even more. 
  • But the real time-saver is the fact that two of the vegetables, the frozen peas, and the baby spinach, don’t need to be prepped!
  • There’s no peeling, chopping, or dicing! You just throw them in, straight from their respective bags and toss them together with the pesto.

Ravioli with Creamy Pesto sauce and vegetables on a white platter

Watch My Video Demo of This Recipe Below!


Related Recipe:

Also featured in this video is my recipe for Creamy Tomato Sauce with Linguine. Another easy weeknight pasta dinner! 

What to Look For in Store-Bought Pesto?

  • Pesto is an Italian sauce made with fresh basil, garlic, olive oil, and sometimes anchovies too! (although I leave those out).
  • I like to ad a dash of heavy cream to my pesto to make it a pesto cream sauce. It mellows the flavor a bit and makes it a bit more decadent too!
  • Not all store-bought pesto sauce is created equal! I find if you want a sauce that tastes as close to my homemade pesto recipe as possible, head to the refrigerated section.
  • That’s where you’ll find the good stuff! 

a tub of store-bought pesto sauce

Store-Bought Pesto Should Have these Qualities:

  • Be stored in the refrigerated section, with a short expiration date
  • Be dark green in color. If it’s too light green, I find it doesn’t have as much flavor
  • Have visible chunks of pine nuts, garlic, and cheese
  • Just a bit of oil on top. If it looks too oily or too dry, head for another brand

What Else To Make with Pesto Sauce?

This recipe only calls for 1/4 cup (80ml) of pesto sauce, but you can make so many other yummy recipes with it like my Tarte au Soleil Appetizer, or my Cheesy Pesto Chicken Bake or my 15-Minute Pesto Gnocchi and Vegetables. 

The Best Ravioli for Pesto Sauce

  • I find the best flavor combination with this recipe, is a ricotta cheese-filled ravioli.
  • Trader Joe’s has a great one that also includes lemon zest. I used it for this recipe and it’s fantastic!
  • Just boil them in salted water, according to the package directions, and they are ready in minutes!
  • But other good choices would be spinach and cheese ravioli, roasted cauliflower ravioli (Trader Joe’s has a great one!), or just plain cheese ravioli. 

Great Flavor Combinations with Pesto

  • Pesto is such a bright, flavorful sauce that it pairs well with anything just as fresh and flavorful
  • In this recipe I like to pair it with fresh spinach, peas and shallots.
  • But you could also swap the peas for chopped asparagus or zucchini
  • Or use cherry or grape tomatoes, onions and small mozzarella pearls.

a close up of a platter of ravioli

Pasta Water is the Secret Ingredient!

  • Once the ravioli are done, do not drain the pasta water. Transfer the cooked ravioli to a colander, and keep warm with the colander resting on top of the pot.
  • To make this creamy pesto sauce, bit lighter, I stir in a full ladle’s worth of pasta water to the pesto sauce.
  • I reheat the pesto on medium-low heat. Be careful to to reheat pesto sauce on too high of heat otherwise the cheese in it will scorch and the sauce will begin to separate.
  • The pasta water thins out the pesto sauce and prevents it from becoming too heavy.
  • It also makes the sauce a bit saucier, and the starchiness of the pasta water keeps it from getting too thin. 

 a plate of ravioli cut into

Serving Ideas:

  • Sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese and julienned fresh basil.
  • Serve with homemade garlic bread or home easy garlic knots made with store-bought pizza dough.
  • Or serve as a side dish to my grilled chicken recipe!

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Ravioli with Creamy Pesto Sauce and Peas on a white platter

Creamy Pesto Ravioli

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A delicious ravioli recipe that is quick and easy for a weeknight meal! Store-bought pesto and a few no-peel, no chop vegetables makes this a snap!


  • 1 package Ricotta Cheese Ravioli (U.S. Residents I used the lemon ricotta cheese ravioli from Trader Joe's which are fantastic with this!)
  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) olive oil
  • 1 shallot, sliced thinly into half-moons
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) store-bought pesto sauce
  • 1/2 cup (75g) frozen peas
  • 1 ladle of hot pasta water
  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5ml) lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 fistfuls) baby spinach
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese to taste


  1. Measure and prep all the ingredients so the sauce can be made quickly. This will assure your sauce will be done when the ravioli is done.
  2. Boil water and add ravioli. Cook ravioli until tender.
  3. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a deep skillet. Add the shallots, season with salt and pepper, and saute until the shallots are fragrant and wilted. Add the pesto sauce and stir to combine. Add the peas and stir to combine. Add 1 full ladle of pasta water and stir to combine.
  4. Add the heavy cream, and the lemon zest. Then add the spinach. Cook until wilted. Drain the ravioli. Add them to the sauce and toss gently to coat. Transfer to a serving platter and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.


When Buying Store-Bought Pesto Look for These Qualities:

  • Be stored in the refrigerated section, with a short expiration date
  • Be dark green in color. If it's too light green, I find it doesn't have as much flavor
  • Have visible chunks of pinenuts, garlic, and cheese
  • Just a bit of oil on top. If it looks too oily or too dry, head for another brand

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 218mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 4gSugar: 3gProtein: 10g
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  1. This is such a complete and yet easy to follow recipe! I do appreciate Beth teaching me all the details and alternatives of making pesto vs buying it. another great recipe by Beth—thank you!

  2. This was absolutely delicious! We made this last night. It took realistically about 45 minutes to make but it was all worth it! I recommend that you buy freshly made ravioli. Eataly is a good place to purchase them. Scrumptious!! Thanks for this recipe.

  3. Beth – this was absolutely DELICIOUS! I got the right ravioli from TJ’s and also bought their panko breaded tilapia to pair with it. It was the perfect combo, especially because of the lemon flavor. The entire dinner was done in 20 mins and that’s only because I had to wait 10 mins for the tilapia to be done! Homerun as always. 😉