Sunshine decided we should make ravioli with the butternut squash I roasted last week. A very good call.
Sunshine made the pasta dough, Sondi rolled it out, and then everyone had their hands in shaping the ravioli. I love inviting friends over to make their own dinner. Where’s Melissa? Probably manning the camera.
I changed up the sauce a bit for my vegetarian friend, Chik. I’ve made this before with chicken stock and pancetta. This time I used vegetable broth and eliminated the pancetta and it was still delicious. I think I’ll keep to my vegetarian version from now on. Thanks, Chik.
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Cider Cream
- Fresh Pasta
- 1 egg, scrambled with a pinch of salt
- Roasted Butternut Squash
- large scoop of mascarpone
- large scoop of ricotta
- snow flurry of freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano
- salt and pepper
Cider cream sauce
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 shallots, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- 5 sage leaves, chiffonade, plus more whole leaves for frying
- 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 3/4 cup apple cider
- Freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano
- olive oil, for frying the sage leaves
Puree the butternut squash. Add the mascarpone, ricotta and parmigiano-reggiano. Season to taste.
Make the fresh pasta, let rest for 30 minutes.
Roll out sheets of dough . If you’re using the Kitchen Aide attachment: start on setting number one. Fold rolled out dough into thirds, and pass through the pasta machine on the same setting, but rotate the dough 90 degrees. Repeat. Now you’re ready to pass through to setting number two. Dust the dough with flour before changing to setting number three, four and five.
Now you’re ready to make the ravioli.
Using a small scooper or spoon, place ravioli filling in the middle of each cut piece of pasta.
Dab the edges with egg wash and then fold into a triangle or rectangle.
Press down around the filling to the edges of the ravioli to seal. The ravioli can be frozen on a sheet pan and then transfered to a large ziplock bag.
For the sauce: Saute the shallots and thyme in melted butter in a medium skillet over medium heat.
Add broth and cider, and simmer for 8 minutes.
Add cream and sage, simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Add freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano, mix to incorporate. Turn off heat. Fry sage leaves in olive oil until they stop sizzling. Drain on paper towels.
Cook pasta until it floats. It’s fresh, so it won’t take long. Drain and then toss into the cider cream.
Garnish with fried sage leaves and additional parmigiano-reggiano.
Greg says: The “safe” choice is an Alsace Pinot Gris for its touch of sweetness and acidity, but instead, I’m really into this obscure white grape from Campania Italy called Falanghina. The producer is Terredora and we have the 2009 vintage Falanghina. I’m not the only person who liked it either; Wine Advocate scored this beauty 90 points!
Falanghina has a surprising richness in its almost tropical expression of fruit. The aromatics that emerge in the glass add further complexity to this generous and utterly engaging white. It is unbelievably delicious, and has this great finish of pumpkin and all spice on the back palate. This will pair with your Butternut Squash Ravioli perfectly!
Here’s Chik! Crazy vegetarian…