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The Beloved $5 Aldi Dinner Staple I Wish I’d Tried Way Sooner (Now I Buy It Every Single Week)

published Apr 7, 2024
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After awards season ends, I have a stacked list of movies to watch and albums to listen to. The same thing happens to my grocery list when Aldi’s annual Products of the Year winners are announced. In past years, some of my favorite award recipients have included the Specially Selected French Baguette and the Emporium Selection Extra Sharp White Cheddar Cracker Cuts. 

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This year five Aldi products took home the gold, including a new-to-me $5 dinner find I can’t believe I hadn’t tried earlier. Aldi’s Priano Italian Sausage Ravioli is so good, I now buy a package (or two) every week. Here’s why.

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What’s So Great About Priano Italian Sausage Ravioli?

Stuffed pastas, like cheesy tortelloni and ravioli, are always a hit at my family’s dinner table, so when I saw that Aldi’s Priano Hearty Ravioli was a prize-winning product I knew I had to try them. The ravioli is available in two flavors: Italian sausage and mushroom. My family prefers the flavor of sausage over mushrooms, so that’s what I’ve been buying. 

I’m often underwhelmed by the flavor of refrigerated pastas; there’s a hint of cheese, but other flavors are so subtle they are imperceptible — especially when tossed with sauce. That is decidedly not the case with the Priano Italian Sausage Ravioli. Both the cheese and spiced Italian sausage stand out in every hearty pasta pocket. 

This refrigerated pasta takes just three minutes to cook, so now I always make sure to keep a package in my fridge or freezer to toss with jarred marinara sauce when I need dinner in a rush. The best part is that this big — 18-ounce — package is hearty enough to feed my entire family, and it costs just $5.

What’s the Best Way to Serve Priano Italian Sausage Ravioli?

These ravioli are so tasty, you could toss them with melted or brown butter and Parmesan cheese and call it a day. Using ravioli in a casserole, like this cheesy ravioli pasta bake, gives it a lasagna-like effect without the labor of layering. You can also change the texture to crispy when you cook the ravioli in a skillet with mushrooms and garlic.

Although they are shaped differently, you can substitute ravioli for tortellini in many recipes. Aldi’s Hearty Ravioli would also be an excellent substitute in tomato tortellini soup, tortellini Alfredo, or Tuscan tortellini skillet.

Find it in stores: Priano Italian Sausage Ravioli, $5.35 for 18 ounces

What other Aldi favorites should we try next? Tell us about it in the comments below.