Zavioli with Spinach and Ricotta

Zavioli with Spinach and Ricotta

World Cuisine European Italian

A low-carb take on ravioli. Thin strips of zucchini are stuffed with a classic magro (lean) filling and pesto, topped with tomato sauce and cheese, then baked. Top with fresh hot chile peppers or pepper flakes and more Parmesan cheese.

Servings per recipe: 4
Calories per serving: 267
Preparation time: 35m
Total cooking time: 55m


  • 1 1/4 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup chopped spinach
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup basil leaves, torn
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, or more to taste
  • 1/2 clove garlic (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 extra large zucchini
  • 9 toothpicks, soaked in water
  • 1/4 cup pasta sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese


  • 1   Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • 2   Mix ricotta cheese, spinach, egg, and pepper together in a bowl.
  • 3   Grind basil, oil, and garlic together into a chunky paste using a mortar and pestle. Add pine nuts to the pesto; grind to the size of small peddles.
  • 4   Slice zucchini lengthwise into strips using a mandoline.
  • 5   Arrange 2 zucchini strips in the shape of a cross. Spoon some of the ricotta cheese mixture in the middle of the cross. Top with a dollop of pesto. Fold ends into the center to create a parcel, starting from the bottom end and moving clockwise. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining zucchini strips, ricotta cheese mixture, and pesto.
  • 6   Spread some of the pasta sauce in the bottom of a shallow baking dish. Arrange zucchini parcels on top, spacing them 1/2 inch apart. Spoon a bit of pasta sauce on top of each parcel. Sprinkle Parmiggiano-Reggiano cheese on top.
  • 7   Bake in the preheated oven until sauce and zucchini begin to brown, about 20 minutes.

Nutrion facts:

Total Fat 17.8g 27%
    Saturated Fat 6.0g  
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 240mg 10%
Potassium 717mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 13.6g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2.9g 12%
Protein 15.3g 31%
Sugars 5g  
Vitamin A 2040IU  
Vitamin C 34mg  
Calcium 303mg  
Iron 2mg  
Thiamin 0mg  
Niacin 4mg  
Vitamin B6 0mg  
Magnesium 70mg  
Folate 92mcg