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Raviole bolognesi

Raviole bolognesi are a typical treat from Bologna, very common in the countryside and originally made for Father's Day (San Giuseppe).
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 50 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Bolognese, Italian, Regional
Keyword: Bologna, Father's day
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 180kcal
Author: Roberto


  • a bowl or a standing mixer
  • a cookies mold
  • a spoon
  • plastic film
  • a rolling pin
  • an oven tray


  • 2 eggs
  • 480 gr all purpose flour
  • 140 gr butter
  • 180 gr sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 lemon's zest
  • 60 gr milk
  • 150 gr bolognese mustard
  • q.s. Alkermes liquor (optional)


  • In a bowl or using a standing mixer, start slowly mixing the flour, the baking powder, the lemon zest and the butter.
    Raviole bolognesi - powders, butter and zest
  • Add the sugar...
    Raviole bolognesi - sugar
  • ... the eggs..
    Raviole bolognesi - eggs
  • ... and the milk.
    Raviole bolognesi - milk
  • Adding the milk slowly, you will obtain the desired texture.
    Raviole bolognesi - mixing
  • The final result is a rich shortcrust pastry, that you will wrap in plastic film. Put it into the fridge, where it will rest (minimum 1 hour, ideally 3-4 hours).
    Raviole bolognesi - dough
  • After the resting period, roll it with a rolling pin and cut circles with the mold. Turn on the oven at 170 °C.
    Raviole bolognesi - shapes
  • Put at the centre of each circle a teaspoon of mustard, then close the shapes creating the raviole. Press the borders so they don't open while cooking.
    Raviole bolognesi - filling
  • Place the raviole on a baking tray covered with baking paper. With a finger, moist the top with some milk, spray with some sugar and put them into the oven.
    Raviole bolognesi - milk and oven
  • After 20 minutes, the raviole are ready! PRO TIP: you can moist the raviole with some alkermes liquor, with its typical dark pink color. Amazing! :)
    Raviole bolognesi - enjoy


  • use all the ingredients at ambient temperature
  • if you cannot find bolognese mustard (quite likely...) use a not too sweet jam. My choice would be a green tomatoes jam (absolutely delicious and a perfect pairing imho).