Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter #Recipe

I recently made butternut squash ravioli and I cheated. Rather than taking the time to make my own fresh pasta, I picked up a package of won ton wraps at the grocery story. These Ravioli were utterly delicious! I hope you’ll try this super quick method. No one will notice that you didn’t make your own pasta.

Butternut Squash Ravioli
Makes about 48

1 butternut squash, about 2 1/2 lbs
1 tablespoon olive oil, for roasting the squash
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste
1 12 ounce package of won ton wraps

Sage Brown Butter

1/4 cup butter
10 fresh sage leaves


For the ravioli:

1.     Preheat oven to 400°. Carefully cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Discard seeds. Rub squash with olive oil and roast, cut side down, until soft when poked with a knife, about 35-45 minutes. Let cool and then scrape squash flesh out of the peel and place in a bowl. Discard peel.
2.     Mash the squash and add Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, sage, cinnamon, salt and pepper. Stir until thoroughly combined.
3.     Fill each wan ton wrap with a heaping teaspoon of squash filling. Moisten the edges of the wrap with water and fold into a triangle, sealing edges tightly. Continue until all wraps are filled. (Don’t be surprised if you run out of filling or if you have some filling left over. It all depends on how large the squash is.)
4.     To cook: Fill a pot with 2 quarts of water and bring to a boil. Add about a tablespoon of salt to boiling water, and then gently drop the ravioli into the water. Simmer for 4-5 minutes. The ravioli are done when they float to the surface. Don’t overcrowd the pot. Cook in batches. Drain with a slotted spoon and place on a warm platter. Serve with Sage Brown Butter.
5.  Optional serving suggestion: After ravioli have been simmered and drained, fry them in olive oil, 3 minutes on each side, to give them a crispy texture. Mmmm.

For the Sage Brown Butter:

1.     Place butter and sage leaves to a small sauce pan. Cook over medium low heat until the milk solids turn brown, about 10-15 minutes. Do not overcook. You want brown butter, not burned butter.
2.     Pour butter sauce over the ravioli and serve.

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Sweet Potato Soup with 
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Soup Ingredients:
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 lb fully-cooked ham, cut into small dice (about 1 cup)
1 large leek, cleaned well and sliced thin (about 1 ½ cups)
3-4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes (about 3 cups)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1 can chicken broth (about 14 ounces)
1 cup water
1 small can evaporated milk (about 5 ounces)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Garnish (optional):
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Thinly sliced scallions

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