Food For Thought: Happy National Ravioli Day!!!!

Ok…. So, National Ravioli Day was actually Tuesday (March 20th) and I’m a horrible human being for posting this late. BUT, HOMEMADE RAVIOLI EVERYONE!!! You have to forgive me because life got in the way (o.k… work.) but, I had time today and decided to have my own belated Ravioli Day!

… Probably how my ravioli will turn out!

Butternut Squash Ravioli With a Truffle Butter Sauce

Ingredients for the Dough

  • 2 cups Cake Flour
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 Large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Ingredients for the Butternut Squash Filling

  • 1 large Butternut Squash
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves of Garlic
  • 1/2 cup chopped Onion
  • 4 tbsp Marscapone Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg

Ingredients for the Truffle Oil Sauce

  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon heavy cream (whipping cream)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup cold unsalted butter , cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp black (or white) truffle oil

Directions for Dough

1.Place the cake flour, all-purpose dlour, egg yolks and salt in a food processor or stand mixer. Pulse to combine, or turn on at low speed. With the machine running, gradually add the oil then 1/3 to 1/2 cup of water until the mixture forms a dough(the dough should stick together if pinched between your fingers). If necessary, add additional water, 1 teaspoon at a time if the dough is dry.

2.Place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Gather the dough into a ball and knead until the dough is smooth and shiny, 5 to 8 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Directions for Filling

1.Peel and chop the butternut squash. Spread it on a pan, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast at 400 degrees for 25 – 30 mins until squash is fork tender.

2.Sauté onions and garlic in a little olive oil till soft and translucent.

3.Place 2 cups of the squash in food processor with sautéed garlic, chopped onion and marscapone cheese. Puree the shit out of it. Make it smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste and make ravioli.

Directions for Ravioli

1. Roll out the dough using a pasta roller, or rolling pin. Roll into a long thin strip (No. Those are not my hands. Lol!) Had my man doing this while I was making the filling.

2.Lie it out putting a small scoop of filling spaced apart by a couple of inches.

3.Brush on some egg wash (an egg beaten with about a tsp of water) and top with the other half of the strip of pasta dough *VERY IMPORTANT!! When pushing down the top make sure to get all of the air out of it. Push down around the filling and make sure there are no empty pockets or water will get in and make your filling soggy!*

4.Use something sharp to cut ravioli. You can make squares with a knife, or circles with a round cutter,

Directions for the Sauce

1.Combine the vinegar and white wine in a saucepan on medium heat. Reduce until the liquid forms a light syrup.

2.Reduce the heat and add the teaspoon of cream. I often heat the cream first because I find that it curdles less if you heat it first. I hate it when things curdle…

3.Decrease heat to low and whisk in butter, one cube at a time until well incorporated. Do not boil.
4.Add lemon juice, and truffle oil. Do not substitute the Truffle Oil. It wont taste how it should. The oil makes this sauce.

Assembly

1. Heat some butter in a pan and throw in some Fresh Sage leaves, until slightly crispy

2.Boil water and place pasta in once boiled *Fresh pasta does not take long to cook! About 2 minutes. Do not wander away!*

3.Top with sauce and sage leaf.

4.ENJOY!!!

31 thoughts on “Food For Thought: Happy National Ravioli Day!!!!

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  1. Oh brilliant! Though I have never used cake flour before for making pasta (to be honest I don’t even know if they sell it in my country…probably they do but perhaps not at the local supermarket). Also you have a pasta machine… I use a rolling pin and a knife 😂 for kneading the dough I use my hands and somehow pizza dough is easier to knead than pasta.
    But I will definitely save this recipe because it looks delicious!! 💖

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  2. That looks wonderful! I feel sad that I missed yet another national food day (but then there’s like one every other day XD). I’m surprised you don’t need semolina flour or anything fancy like that! May try pasta-making one day~

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      1. Eat animal crackers, duh! There are amazing ones out there (I wonder if I can make Koala’s March count)!
        Where do you get these food days though? I’d love to celebrate once I have the time to actually cook/bake…

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  3. Those look extremely good.
    I can do 2 different types ONLY.
    Just the one with spinach in it or the meat.
    My kids love those.
    My problem is to prepare the right sauce or gravy for it and that can spoil the good ravioli.
    I will try your recipe then!
    _へ__(‾◡◝ )>

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      1. It does sound very nice and I really should have a go at making pasta and ravioli..Pasta is not something I eat often but when I do I enjoy it 🙂 Nice clear instructions and photos 🙂

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