We do a lot of lunch boxes around here. Although I’m not above sending my kids to school with a few bucks to get whatever is being offered that day we’ve come to find that more often than not the offerings are less than healthy and even worse less than appetizing or filling. When packed lunches are an everyday thing it can be easy for things to get a little boring though. I love doing toasted ravioli as a fun and unique addition to our bento style lunch boxes. To make this staple in our family a little healthier I started making air fryer toasted ravioli. I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner! They are so much better in the air fryer and way healthier than the traditional fried version!
Kids of all ages love dippable lunch box offerings. I don’t know what it is. Perhaps it’s just that food is way more fun when you can dip it in something before eating. Maybe there’s more flavor. Either way, my kids definitely don’t complain when it’s air fryer toasted ravioli day!
How to Make Air Fryer Toasted Ravioli
This recipe is very similar to the traditionally toasted ravioli fried in oil. However, it is a much healthier alternative by using the air fryer. The ravioli comes out just as crisp in this version. The cheese is still creamy and delicious. And the breadcrumb crust stays fresh and full of flavor. The only real change that is made is to the cooking method. If you prefer you can absolutely still use this recipe in a traditional deep fryer or a pot of oil.
1 package frozen cheese ravioli
1 C bread crumbs
1 C parmesan cheese
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
Set out two shallow bowls. Add the egg to one bowl and beat.
Add the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder to the second bowl and blend until completely combined.
Dip ravioli individually into the egg bowl until covered. Let any excess egg drip off of the ravioli.
Dip egg covered ravioli into the breadcrumb mixture. Cover the ravioli completely and pat gently to ensure that the pasta is completely covered in breadcrumbs. You can do a second dip in the egg and back into the breadcrumbs if you want. However, I rarely find this step to be a necessary one.
Place a single layer of about five ravioli into your air fryer. ( This number will vary based on the size of your air fryer basket.) You want to be sure that you aren’t crowding your ravioli too much. It is important to remember that they will puff up slightly while cooking so you want to be sure to leave enough room to allow for some expanding.
Cook ravioli in the air fryer for 14 minutes at a temperature of 350 degrees. Flip your ravioli over about halfway through at 7 minutes.
Adding Toasted Ravioli to the Lunch Box
These ravioli store great if you want to make them the night before and put them into the lunch box in the morning. They don’t last much longer than a day or so, though. It is best to do them a day ahead of time and to only do the size of a batch that you would like to use. I have found that leftovers can get a little soggy if you leave them into the refrigerator for too long.
I generally do a serving size of about five ravioli in a lunch box. I find this number works out well for adults and kids. It also is the perfect serving size to fit into the containers I use for our bento style lunches.
I often pair the air fryer toasted ravioli with a fresh vegetable and a sweet, but healthy snack like my PB and J protein balls. (The recipe for the PB and J balls is coming soon so be sure to join our mailing list below so you don’t miss it! It’s SO tasty!)
You can serve these toasted ravioli with a marinara sauce but I always prefer them with pizza sauce. They are amazing with a mixture of pizza sauce and ranch. I do always keep my sauce away from my ravioli until it’s time to eat because it can make things a little soggy if you mix things up.
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