This Sunday was play in the kitchen day. When I went shopping, the local stores were overflowing with squash and pumpkins and gourds as far as the eye can see. I really want to eat seasonale, so I knew exactly what I would be cooking. 10 recipes, 2 big pumpkins, 3 sugar pie pumpkins, and 5 butternut squash later and I had a plan.
Part of that plan was to make butternut squash ravioli, but I knew squash by itself would be dry and a little boring. So I got to thinking about other fall produce and landed on the often humble, always delicious (even when honeycrisp) apple. I knew that the flavor would be subtle so I decided against a red sauce and went instead with one of my favorites: sage brown butter sauce. (Which can be vegan if using vegan butter ;))
I made my own dough, but if you do not have the time, buy wonton wrappers from the store. If it good enough for Giada De Laurentiis, it is good enough for me.
And so I present…
Butternut Squash/Apple Ravioli
For the Pasta:
- 7 cups of semolina
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup of water
- Extra All-Purpose flour for use as bench flour
For the Filling
- 1/2 large butternut squash, cut into 2 inch by 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 Jonathon apple, finely diced
- 1/2 tablespoon of ground coriander or nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons of corn starch
For the sauce
- 1 stick of butter
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped sage
To make the pasta (this part may be skipped and wonton wrappers used instead):
- Pour the flour, the salt, and the garlic powder into a large mixing bowl and stir with a fork to ensure they are mixed.
- Make an indention the flour and add the six eggs and water. Stir with a fork until the dough is crumbly.
- Knead by hand until the dough has the consistency of cookie dough. If they dough is too wet, add water. If the dough is too dry, add more flour (AP or semolina, either is fine.)
- Let the dough rest for at least 15 minutes.
- Once it has rested, cover a rolling mat or a clean table with AP flour. Divide the dough into four equal parts.
- Roll each part until it is 1/8 to 1/16 of an inch thick.
- Let the dough dry for up to 30 minutes.
To make the filling:
- Preheat the oven to 400. Roast the squash for 45 minutes. If time is an issue, cut the squash into small pieces and saute in olive oil.
- Add the olive oil and the butter to a skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the apples and cook for 3 minutes.
- If the butternut squash is not peeled, do so now. Add the squash and the coriander to the mixture. Cook until the apples become soft, perhaps another 3-5 minutes.
- Mash with a fork. Set aside to cool.
Stuff and cook the ravioli
- Cut the pasta into 2 inch by 2 inch squares with a pizza cutter.
- Add the cornstarch to 2 tablespoons of water to make a slurry.
- Coat half of the outer edge of each pasta square with slurry. (I made min the the shape of ] so that I ended up with long rectangles.
- Fold the dry pasta so that it lines up and covers the pasta coated in slurry.
- Press firmly but gently to close the edge.
- (optional) Use the pizza cutter to round the finished ravioli or make it whatever shape is desired.
- Boil in salted water until the ravioli float (about 3-4 minutes)
To make the sauce
- Put a skillet on high heat and wait for about 3 minutes.
- Add the butter and the sage.
- Remove the pan from the heat. The butter will have browned.
Pour the sage butter sauce on the ravioli, sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese and a little raw diced apple, perhaps some creme fraiche to really gild the lilly. Then grab a fork and go!
7 Replies to “Butternut Squash/Apple Ravioli”
This sounds so good. I’m bookmarking it on my meal ideas Squidoo lens, until I get to try it out. 🙂
Duuuude. I tried these tonight. Very good, if a little sweet.
I used the Nasoya wonton wrappers (V. nice- never made my own ravioli or any such similar thing before- plan to do it again with these!), and pre-chunked butternut squash from the grocery store. Also, I used half of a gala apple since I don’t even know what a Jonathan apple is.
I grew up with browned butter on everything, but I’d never thought of adding herbs to it before. I really like that, and I think I’ll keep some on hand all the time now. Very nice addition.
There are two things that I would do differently the next time. 1.) make up the ravioli the night before, so that I can just boil and serve at leisure (or make a huge batch and freeze for future use). 2.) Probably use half the butter for the same amount of ravioli, and throw the cooked ravioli into the pan with the butter to coat, instead of pouring the butter over it. That little bit of crispness would have been a nice touch to the ravioli.
Oh, and by the way? I’m so blaming you for the idea I’ve just had for a dessert ravioli. Now I just need to get the ingredients together…
I think I know why they were so sweet. On the spectrum of sweetness, Jonathons are far lower than a Gala, but I can see where you would think they were a bit too sweet. Without a Jonathon, a Granny Smith and a pinch of sugar might have worked.
That’s assuming the pre-chunked butternut squash did not have any sugar.
Glad you liked the wrapper idea, too. I wish I could take credit for it.
I like the idea of frying the ravioli in the butter. I think that’s an excellent addition to the recipe. Consider it part of the official version!
I made a chocolate banana ravioli once…it was GOOD. Can’t wait to hear about yours.
I was thinking of banana as well, but I only have a few wrappers left to experiment with. Also, was thinking apple, but no apples left. I do, however, have some bosc pears, and an 87% cocoa chocolate bar… 🙂
That sounds awesome. You know what else is really good…snickers and marshmellow. Mmm…
What an interesting combination. I’m going to try this next time I feel ambitious! Thanks for the recipe!