When my refrigerator quit, I was most upset about loosing my jar of black truffle sauce (salsa tartufi) from our trip to Italy. When I was in NYC last week, I was able to visit Eataly and sooo happy to see a version of the truffle sauce! If you aren't lucky enough to have a jar in your refrigerator, then you can substitute some browned baby portabellos diced and sauteed in black truffle oil. —lorigoldsby
ravioli sheets (or 16 wontons)
medium butternut squash
blue cheese (not crumbles)
stick unsalted butter
salsa tartufi (or 1/2 c. portabellos)
Roast butternut squash with rosemary sprigs until tender.
Scrape cooked squash into medium mixing bowl. Crumble in blue cheese. (I don't use pre-crumbled cheese because it usually has a coating on it to keep it from clumping)
Create raviolis using pasta sheets or wontons. When using wontons, I use 1 sheet and fold on the diagonal. When using fresh pasta, I create 3 inch round raviolis, Press well to seal.
Put salted water in large pot and bring to boil. Cook raviolis for 4 minutes (or until al dente) in batches. Drain and place on warmed serving platter. Reserve 1/2 cup of pasta water.
In large saute pan, melt butter over medium heat. Slowly allow butter to brown. Remove from heat, add salsa tartufi and torn sage leaves.
Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of pasta water to butter sauce, stir to incorporate all flavors, add all pasta to warm through.
Ladle onto warmed platter. Toss toasted walnuts on top. Drizzle balsamic reduction sparingly. Top with a few large shaving curls of parmesean.
I do not call for salt in this recipe because there is a lot of natural salt in the blue cheese, the salsa turtufi and the salted pasta water, plus the parmesean...but you can salt the squash and if you are substituting the mushrooms for the salsa tartufi, then do season those.
I learned to cook with my Gran. I can still see her reading a recipe and figuring out how she would make it better. She was fearless about substituting ingredients--but also knowledgeable. She approached food in the same way she built her antique business--appreciate quality ingredients and workmanship, but don't be a snob. I think I carry those same beliefs in my approach to cooking. I love family style dinners, I love a fancy ladies' luncheon with my wedding china, or a backyard seafood boil to celebrate my husband's birthday...I love to share food with others.