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Cheese Ravioli Carbonara

April 11, 2012

It got a little ridiculous in my house when I made Cheese Ravioli Carbonara. I loved it so much, I made it four times in a row. Four. Times. I had it for lunch and dinner pretty much everyday for about two weeks. I don’t often make the same meals over and over unless they are that good. And I really don’t make them that many times in a row. But let’s face it, it’s cheesy ravioli in a creamy sauce…with bacon. Now you understand!

Cheese Ravioli Carbonara

So, how’s it taste?

I think it’s safe to say I fell head over heels for this dish. It’s packed with savory deliciousness and it’s incredibly simple. The original recipe includes chicken, which I used first and it was great, but it works so well without it, too. If you want to add chicken, use about one pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cut them into strips. I had all the ingredients leftover from the first batch, except for the chicken and that’s what lead to making it without. I can’t begin to describe how fantastic the sauce tastes. It’s decadently creamy and has some oomph to it from the little bit of Italian dressing. Crumbled, crispy bacon and fresh basil make the ravioli super fancy and OMG the richness! This dish will knock your socks off from the first bite. It’s creamy, it’s cheesy, it’s insanely tasty, and includes bacon! I actually increased the amount of sauce in my last two batches. Now you get why I got carbonara crazy!

Cheese Ravioli Carbonara

adapted from Betty Crocker, Simple Home Cooking, January 2005
makes 4 servings
per serving: 225 calories, 12g fat, 22g carbs, 1g fiber, 10g protein


2 tbsp. light Italian dressing
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 package (9 oz.) refrigerated or frozen (thawed) cheese-filled ravioli
1/2 cup half-and-half
4 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
Shredded Parmesan, optional
Chopped fresh basil, optional

*You can add chicken to this dish. Use 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cut into strips. Cook the chicken in the Italian dressing and then add the broth and ravioli and follow the rest of the directions below.


1. In 10-inch skillet, add dressing, broth, and ravioli. Heat to boiling over high heat; reduce heat to medium. Cook uncovered about 4 minutes or until ravioli are tender and almost all broth has evaporated.

2. Stir in half-and-half; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 3 to 5 minutes or until sauce is hot and desired consistency (cook longer for a thicker sauce). Sprinkle with bacon, cheese, and basil.

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  • amy @ fearless homemaker April 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

    this looks mighty might delicious. this is totally the type of meal i’d make four times in a row, too. pasta + cheese + bacon = happy.

    • Leah April 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Exactly! I get so excited when a dish is that crazy good!

  • Jessica Macpherson April 11, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Oh my gosh, I am seeing this way too close (hungry) but way too far (an hour) from lunch time. Looks delicious!

    • Leah April 11, 2012 at 11:00 am

      I know! I’m craving bacon now!

  • Traciwilbur April 11, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Thank you, I know what I’m making for dinner tonight :). Considering 2 of my 4 have the appetite of a linebacker, do you think I should double the recipe?

    • Leah April 11, 2012 at 10:52 am

      I would, and definitely add the chicken. The serving size is fairly small. Hope you enjoy it!

  • Candy April 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I LOVE carbonara! It’s so quick & easy. Might try this with leftover ham and fat-free half & half.

  • Lannae April 15, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I love Betty Crocker! I had an old old old Betty Crocker cookbook, and there was at least one highly processed ingredient in each dish like ketchup and italian dressing. I think the old Betty Crocker I had was to help wives and moms get dinner on the table faster and easier.

  • Nancy May 1, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Every birthday I submit my “birthday menu” to my Mom who then obligingly makes the meal for me! 🙂 I saw this item on your site and it looked so good I added it to my birthday menu! We had it tonight. I’d never had it before and she’d never made it before but it turned out SO tasty – everyone loved it!! Thanks for making my birthday a little more special with your inspirational blog, posts & recipes!

    • Leah May 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Nancy, thank you so much for the sweet comment! I love hearing that someone tried a meal I posted and enjoyed it. It makes my day! I’m so happy the dish turned out well, I mean it’s got bacon in it! Oh, and happy belated birthday!!!