October 20, 2011

Cheese Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Sage Browned Butter


Cheese Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Sage Browned Butter #fallrecipes #squash #sage
Yeah.  That is one mouthful of a title but, its a good mouthful!  When I told Grumpy what we were having for dinner I got the "look".  The look that says, "Are you crazy Buzzy?"  Nope, I sure wasn't!  I have a few butternut squash that my mom and dad sent home with me on my last visit.  They also sent some canned goods and fresh grown garlic.  I sure do love shopping at my mom & dad's!  I've been thinking about that squash and how I love sweet heat.  
I was also thinking of another pasta dish that I had made a few years ago that had browned butter with crispy fried sage and feta cheese.  As soon as I remembered I had cheese ravioli my question about what I would make for dinner totally disappeared and I just knew.

 

Grumpy was very skeptical but he ate it anyway and when he was finished it received his "seal of approval".  I was happy for this because now I know what I can make when I want that sweet, salty, heat with some pasta and butternut squash, and it is easy to throw together!  This dish is part of Presto Pasta Nights of which I am the host for this week.  You have until midnight tonight to submit your posts for the week.  For the guidelines of submission, please visit the Presto Pasta Nights website.  I and the host this week for PPN and will be posting the round up tomorrow!
Cheese Ravioli withButternut Squash and Sage Browned Butter


This was so simple to put together!  All you need is some squash, butter, cheese ravioli, and sage!  4 ingredients!  It takes about 30 minutes so I consider this quick also and will be a great weeknight meal.




Cheese Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Sage Browned Butter


1 package cheese ravioli - you can use fresh or frozen - I used frozen but will try fresh next time!
2 cups butternut squash, peeled and diced into cubes
8 sage leaves, sliced into ribbons
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
dash or two of cayenne pepper

Prep squash.  You can buy pre-cut squash, but most likely you will want to cut it into smaller pieces.  To prep my squash I peel it, cut into slices, then cut the slices into strips and cube them into small pieces.  This will allow the squash to cook faster.  Place squash in a roasting pan coated with cooking spray.  Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.  Place in oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until squash is cooked through and starting to crisp.  Remove from oven.

Just before the squash is ready to come out of the oven, put a pot of water on to boil and cook pasta according to package directions.  When pasta is done, place butter in a large frying pan and melt.  Once butter starts to bubble, add sage.  Watch carefully so butter does not burn.  Swirl butter and sage occasionally and when you see the butter has started to brown, remove from heat.

Add pasta (that has been drained) to butter/sage mixture and toss lightly.  Gently stir in squash cubes.

Serve warm.  This recipe served just Grumpy and me with no left overs...that means he loved this dish!  This recipe should serve 2 as a main course and 4 as a side.



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