Last Updated on January 11, 2020 by Chef Mireille
Ravioli with Figs and Proscuitto is the perfect balance of sweet and salty. A quick and easy recipe if using store bought raviolis.
I recently visited Eataly, the Italian superstore with 6 locations throughout the US, including 2 NYC locations. I don’t visit very often because every time I do, my budget gets thrown out the window. It is a foodie’s paradise with mostly artisinal really high quality products including everything from coffee and chocolate to pasta, fresh meat and fresh produce. Cheese, olives, bread, cured meats and cooking gadgets make this a one stop store for anything Italian.
They have a large selection of dried pastas with lots of different regional pasta shapes, including farro based pastas. Although I picked up a few of these uniquely shaped pastas, I also got some fresh ravioli’s. They also have a variety of fresh pastas, including raviolis. Although you can make this recipe using dried raviolis, the flavor is so much better with these freshly made ones. If you can get your hands on fresh raviolis or make them yourself, it is worth the extra effort. I purchased raviolis filled with green peas, ricotta and mint. Use any veggie or cheese filled raviolis for this delicious recipe.
I love fresh figs, but they are so hard to find in the regular supermarkets. I have been looking for them all summer and I have not been able to find any that are not overripe and way too soft. Finally, I was able to get a container full of perfect black figs.
Here in America, when we think of Italian food, we often think of foods in rich cream sauces or thick tomato based sauces. However, Italian food in Italy is very different. Though in some regions those heavy sauces are made, much Italian food is centered around fresh simple ingredients, simple flavored with garlic and cheese. Using high quality fresh ingredients, you don’t need a lot of herbs and bells and whistles to make an awesome plate of food! With the use of fresh figs in this recipe, it is indicative of pastas enjoyed in the Italian islands like Sicily and Sardinia.
Do you like fresh figs as much as I do? Try out some of these other Fig Recipes!
With super fresh ingredients, this simple pasta knocks it out of the park – flavor wise! It’s perfectly balanced – both salty and sweet at the same time!
Ravioli with Figs and Proscuitto
- 8 oz. fresh ravioli
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 finely chopped garlic cloves
- 1 oz. thinly sliced proscuittto
- 3 sliced figs
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Add ravioli and cook 2-3 minutes until they float to the top. Drain.
- In a large skillet, heat oil. Add garlic and cook on low heat until they start to turn golden.
- Add proscuitto and figs. Cook for 2 minutes on medium heat.
- Add raviolis and toss until the raviolis are thoroughly combined with the other ingredients.
- Add cheese and toss to combine.
I love fig and prosciutto together but I’ve never had it with ravioli so I can’t wait to try this pasta dish.
people are often afraid to try non traditional flavor combinations, but varying flavors compliment each other so well!
LOVE Eataly, I had a chance to go there on my last visit to NYC. And these ravioli look amazing also.
yes – I feel like a kid in a candy store whenever I go there!
Figs and Prosciutto, hmm… I think I’m going to try this dish. I don’t think I’ve had Figs in a pasta dish. It looks delicious.
that little bit of sweetness is a great compliment to the saltiness from the cheese and proscuitto
Honey @ The Girl Next Shore
Oh wow, I love figs but didn’t think it would feature much in savoury dishes too! We need an Eataly here in London!
Oh I love pairing them with savory and especially anything with cheese – cheese and figs are a natural marriage
I have eaten a lot of different ravioli, but have never had it this way. Sounds live a very interesting combination of flavours. The sweet and salty element would be amazing for sure. I will be on the lookout for some figs at the grocery store.
I am sure you will love the flavors!
Adriana Lopez Martin
I am a lover of figs but would have never thought using them in ravioli sounds like an interesting savory option. Will need to try your recipe at home before the season is over.
I love combining sweet and savory, and this looks like the perfect match! I haven’t cooked that much with fig, but once I find them in the store I’ll definitely make this.
figs are one of my fave fruits and they marry well with savory dishes
My neighborhood grocery store never seems to have figs either, but I’ve had good luck finding them at Whole Foods. I was just thinking I should probably make a trip soon to get the most out of them this season. Looks like a perfect way to use them!
yes you will love the figs in this recipe
My blog is about Italian pasta recipes so I really enjoyed reading through your recipe and your thoughts on the Italian cuisine. I love your ravioli – they look beautiful and tasty.
thank you – as a native, your feedback is greatly appreciated
Catherine E. Brown
Oh, wow! How creative is this?! I never thought of putting figs with ravioli…. with a pea and mint filling that’s got to be fantastic! Only one way to find out… now to find some figs!
absolutely – you will love this I am sure!
This sounds like such a unique combination of sweet and savory. I love trying new flavors, so will definitely be picking up figs during my next run to the grocery store.
sure – I think you will love this utilization of figs
Eataly sounds like a store I need to visit! This is one unique recipe. I haven’t had figs in so long. I wasn’t really a fan of them but this dish sounds great. I would totally try it! Can this be made with something other than prosciutto?
anything that adds a little salty taste can sub the proscuitto – really any cured meat you can use!
I love this take on a classic ravioli dish! Figs, proscuitto? I mean, could it be any more delicious! Yum.
I agree 🙂