This homemade vegan ravioli recipe with an easy tofu and spinach filling is perfect for a cosy dinner! It requires just 8 ingredients, and is also gluten-free and oil-free, not to mention seriously tasty. 

Homemade vegan ravioli with tofu and spinach

To me, preparing homemade pasta of any kind is always so much fun. When I was little, I used to make a Russian ravioli variation (‘pelmeni’) with my mum and grandma all the time, and loved it. We would always take an afternoon to make a huge batch, freeze them and have week’s worth of dinner ready to go.

 

Despite the fact that winter is long gone, comfort food season definitely isn’t. I wanted to make gluten-free vegan ravioli because options that fill both criteria are quite hard to find in the supermarket. Besides, homemade is always tastier in my opinion!

Homemade vegan ravioli with tofu and spinach gluten-free

About these homemade vegan ravioli

The great thing about this vegan ravioli is that you certainly don’t need an afternoon to make them. The technique is super easy, and you don’t need any fancy equipment. I successfully make these in under 30 minutes.

It did take a few attempts to get the dough ‘right’. Vegan ravioli in itself isn’t that difficult with ordinary flour, but gluten-free is much trickier. I found rice flour to work better for keeping their shape than store-brought gluten-free flour blends. The bright orange colour comes from turmeric, which doesn’t interfere with the taste at all, but makes them super aesthetically pleasing. Gourmet meal vibes in under 30 minutes? Yes please!

Ravioli with spinach and tofu

I have to warn that because they are both gluten-free and oil-free, they don’t taste like ‘traditional’ ravioli. But, they’re a healthy and allergy friendly alternative, taste amazing and are non-vegan approved nonetheless!

Gluten-free vegan ravioli dough ingredients

  • Rice flour. I’ve used other flour varieties, and this one gets the best results.
  • Cornstarch.
  • Salt. 
  • Turmeric. This is completely optional, but I looove the colour.
  • Water.

What filling should I use?

Speaking of the filling, the one I used here is a super simple one with tofu and spinach. I love the texture and the fact that you need just a small amount of ingredients to make it really flavourful. Also, if you have any left over, you can keep it in the fridge to eat by itself or use in other recipes.

However, the great thing is that ravioli is a super versatile recipe. Once you’ve made the dough, you can try a range of options to see what you like best. Some of my other favourites include

  • Vegan cheese
  • Cabbage
  • Mushrooms
  • Tempeh
  • Beans and lentils
  • Potato
  • Berries (yes, sweet ravioli is totally a thing!)
  • Pumpkin
  • Various nuts and seed

Homemade ravioli with spinach and tofu

To serve homemade vegan ravioli, I usually use soy yoghurt in place of soured cream, a simple tomato sauce, pea and avocado pesto or chunky guacamole.

Instructions

STEP 1: Add water to a non-stick saucepan together with the turmeric. Bring to a simmer, then add the flour, cornstarch and salt. Stir until a stretchy dough forms. Remove and set aside to cool for around 10 minutes, using this time to prepare the filling.

Vegan ravioli dough

STEP 2: To make the filling, add the spinach, tofu and onion to a non-stick frying pan. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the onion softens, then add the black pepper and tamari, stirring briefly to mix everything together.

STEP 3: Roll out the dough into a thin roughly square layer, about 1/8-1/4 inch in thickness. If the layer of dough is too small for your work surface, divide it into 2 and repeat the process twice. Mark an equal amount of scores along each edge of the dough, and use them as guidance to cut the dough so that a ‘grid’ forms (see the photos below).

STEP 4: Place small dollops of the filling on every square in alternating rows, making sure to leave plenty of room around the edges. Then, use the empty squares to cover the filling and press down the edges using either your fingers or a fork.

Uncooked vegan ravioli

STEP 5: Transfer them to a baking sheet and prepare a pot of lightly boiling water. Cook them in small batches for around 2-3 minutes, until they float to the surface. Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon, and enjoy!

Homemade vegan ravioli with tofu and spinach

Other easy vegan dinner recipes

Let me know in the comments – have you ever made ravioli at home? If you give this vegan ravioli recipe a go, be sure to tag me on Instagram (@earthofmariaa) so I can see your creations!

Homemade vegan ravioli with tofu and spinach

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This homemade vegan ravioli recipe with an easy tofu and spinach filling is perfect for a cosy dinner! It requires just 8 ingredients, and is also gluten-free and oil-free, not to mention seriously tasty. 
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Ingredients

Ravioli dough

  • 1/2 cup water , + 2 tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup rice flour
  • 4 tsp cornstarch

Spinach and tofu filling

  • 1 1/2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 4 oz firm tofu, crumbled
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped

Equipment

  • Saucepan
  • Frying pan
  • Large chopping board
  • Rolling pin

Instructions 

Prepare the dough

  • Add water to a non-stick saucepan together with the turmeric. Bring to a simmer, then add the flour, cornstarch and salt. Stir until a stretchy dough forms. Remove and set aside to cool for around 10 minutes, using this time to prepare the filling.
    Vegan ravioli dough

Filling

  • To make the filling, add the spinach, tofu and onion to a non-stick frying pan. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the onion softens, then add the black pepper and tamari, stirring briefly to mix everything together. 
    Tofu and spinach ravioli filling

Assemble the ravioli

  • Roll out the dough into a thin roughly square layer, about 1/8-1/4 inch in thickness. If the layer of dough is too small for your work surface, divide it into 2 and repeat the process twice. Mark an equal amount of scores along each edge of the dough, and use them as guidance to cut the dough so that a 'grid' forms (see the instruction photos).
    Gluten-free ravioli dough
  • Place small dollops of the filling on every square in alternating rows, making sure to leave plenty of room around the edges. Then, use the empty squares to cover the filling and press down the edges using either your fingers or a fork.
    Ravioli dough with tofu spinach filling
  • Transfer them to a baking sheet and prepare a pot of lightly boiling water. Cook them in small batches for around 2-3 minutes, until they float to the surface. Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon, and enjoy!
    Uncooked vegan ravioli

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Calories: 276kcal, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 606mg, Potassium: 206mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 2110IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 105mg, Iron: 2mg

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