Taste test Vegetarian stuffed pasta
In this low-carb age, pasta may not be as popular as it once was, but vegetarian filled tortelloni or ravioli is one of the quickest dinners imaginable, and good either with pesto or just tossed in butter and grated Parmesan. Spinach and ricotta are the most commonly available non-meat filling, but there is an increasing number of more exotic options. The packets that we tested all serve two-three people.
Dunnes Stores Simply Better Buffalo Milk Ricotta & Spinach Ravioli, 250g, €4, 8/10
Our testers liked the richly flavoured filling and gave these ravioli from Dunnes a resounding thumbs-up.
M&S Mozzarella, Roasted Tomato & Basil Girasoli, 250g, €4.70, 8/10
The sweet flavour of roasted tomatoes and basil was popular with our testers, who liked that the pasta is made with free-range eggs. A good all-rounder that's a bit different.
Tesco Authentic Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni, 400g, €2.80, 7/10
The filling is pleasantly cheesy, and our testers thought that this was excellent value. A good family choice with mass appeal.
Pastificio Temporin Linea Gourmet Ricotta & Spinach Tortelloni, independent retailers, 250g, €3.89, 7/10
There's a good hit of nutmeg in this tortelloni, which comes from Verona in Italy.
Pasta Fresca Rossi Spinach & Ricotta Tortelloni, independent retailers, 250g, €3.89, 6/10
Pasta extruded through bronze dye casts is considered to be superior in quality, as its rougher surface is easier for sauce to adhere to. This fresh egg pasta is made in Modena, but the filling is a little bland.
M&S Beetroot & Lemon Ravioli, 250g, €4.70, 6/10
This Italian pasta is made with free-range eggs and, once our testers had got over the slightly alarming colour, some of them really liked the earthy flavour of the beetroot combined with Parmesan and lemon peel. Not a universally popular choice though, so perhaps don't risk it with guests.