Handmade Butternut Squash Ravioli with Browned Butter, Sage and Walnuts

November 17, 2020
3 Ratings
Photo by Dan Pelosi
  • Prep time 1 hour
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Makes 24 Ravioli
Author Notes

I grew up making ravioli by hand in my grandparent’s basement kitchen. Like most Italian-American families, that is where the real cooking happens. My grandmother taught me everything I know about making ravioli by hand with just a rolling pin and a knife. She kept it simple, and you could see the imperfect mark of her craftsmanship on every piece of ravioli she made. I always thought it was so beautiful and honest.

My grandparents made a traditional red sauce ravioli, filled with ricotta, parm and herbs. As I took their recipe into my own hands, literally, I began exploring with their dough and filling as my base. This ravioli recipe is perfect for fall, has hints of nutmeg in the dough, a sweet roasted butternut squash filling, and is bathed in a nutty browned butter sauce. Best of all, you get to make it all with your hands just like grandma. Be sure to embrace the imperfections, they taste better. —Dan Pelosi

What You'll Need
  • Ravioli
  • 1 Medium Butternut Squash
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil (plus 1 tbs)
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Water
  • 2 cups AP Flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Grated Nutmeg
  • 1 cup Ricotta
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Orange Zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
  • 1 Egg
  • Sauce
  • 1 Stick Unsalted Butter
  • 8 Sage Leaves
  • 1 handful Whole Walnuts
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 pinch Pepper
  • 1 pinch Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 pinch Shaved Parmesan Cheese (to serve)
  1. First things first: preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Remove skin and seeds from the butternut squash and dice into approximately 1” cubes. Coat the cubes of squash in ¼ cup olive oil (or more if needed) and a pinch of kosher salt and a pinch of pepper. Roast on a parchment-lined baking sheet for one hour until brown, crispy and caramelized. Set aside and let cool.
  2. Let’s make the ravioli dough. Whisk 3 large eggs at room temperature, 2 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small bowl. In a separate bowl combine 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg. On a clean surface, dump the bowl of flour mix in a pile. Grab a small bowl and press it into the center of the flour mix. Remove bowl. You have just formed a nice well for egg mixture. Pour your egg mixture into the well, grab a fork, and forming circles start to pull the flour into the eggs creating a shaggy dough. Once your egg and flour mixture are mostly combined, take the dough into your hands and knead for 8 minutes on a freshly floured surface until a smooth ball of dough is formed. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and let rest for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Now let’s make the ravioli filling. Measure 1 ½ cups of roasted butternut squash and place in a mixing bowl. Mash roasted squash with a fork until it’s fairly smooth. Add 1 cup ricotta cheese, ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon orange zest, ¼ teaspoon kosher salt , ¼ teaspoon pepper and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg to the bowl with the squash and stir until combined. Set aside.
  4. Time to roll your dough. Grab your rested ball of dough and place it on a floured surface. Cut the dough in half and set one half aside. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough until it’s 1/16 of an inch thick. If you are using the Five Two rolling pin, this is the thinnest ring on the pin. Cut your dough into 2” squares. Form excess dough into a ball and roll out again, cutting more squares. Repeat until all dough is used.
  5. Now let’s form the ravioli. Grab your butternut squash filling and dough squares. Beat one egg in a small bowl and grab a pastry brush. Grab one 2 squares of dough and place 1 heaping teaspoon of butternut squash filling on one square. Brush (or your can use your fingers) the edges of the dough with beaten egg. Place the second square of dough on top of the dough with the filling and press the filling flat and seal the edges of the dough with the egg mix. I like an organic shape for my ravioli, and I like people to see I made them by hand. So I don’t get too specific with the craftsmanship here. If you like, you can take a knife and trim the edges of your ravioli until they please you. Repeat this process until all dough and/or filling is used up. Place finished ravioli on a parchment-lined tray as you go.
  6. We are so close to eating! Bring a large pot of salty water to boil. In a shallow pan place 1 stick unsalted butter, cubed, and 8 sage leaves. Grab your handful of whole walnuts and crush gently in your hand. Add to pan with butter and sage and place on medium high heat. Cook, stirring gently, until butter is browned, nuts are toasty and sage leaves are crisp. While your butter is browning, place your ravioli into the boiling water for approximately 4 minutes, or until they are fully cooked. They won’t take long. Take your ravioli directly out of the pot of water and place in your pan with browned butter. Coat your ravioli in the browned butter, sage and walnuts. Serve immediately with shaved parmesan, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes to taste. Enjoy!

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1 Review

Ben J. November 19, 2020
Delicious! My wife isn't a fruit lover so the orange was an annoyance to her (her problem, really )- but I did admit that I suspected it would have been a gentler flavor as it's not in the title, or I just had some particularly fragrant orange rind! Still a wonderfully decadent, delicious dish.