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Ravioli is usually disappointing (one reason I love Gnudi). You read a title like “Asparagus and Pancetta Ravioli” on a menu, and you think that you’ll actually be able to taste the asparagus and pancetta. But, too often, ravioli tastes like thick pasta and the filling flavor is lost.

Giant Delicata Squash Ravioli with Sage n Brown Butter

That’s why this idea for a giant, delicata squash filling loaded ravioli started to percolate in my mind. I finally got around to trying it and I’m SO excited to share it with you. Not only is it spectacularly easy, it’s spectacularly delicious. I’m writing the recipe as an easy dinner idea for two, because that’s how we’ll eat them. But of course you can cook more at once if you like.

delicata filling

For this first batch I cheated, but just a little, by buying premade pasta. Of course you can make your own and I will next time. Or maybe the time after that. 🙂 But the fresh lasagna noodles in the refrigerator section of your grocery store make quick work of these.

ravioli

Once you’ve filled the ravioli, a ravioli press like the one pictured above works well to secure the edges. Of course you’ll just use the edge of the press along the edges, not press over the filling as the opening won’t be wide enough.

When you make these, freeze any extras. They go straight from the freezer to simmering water and take just a minute or two longer to cook.

delicata ravioli

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Giant Delicata Ravioli with Sage and Brown Butter

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Calories: 236
Servings: 6 ravioli
If you don't cook these all at once, freeze extra ravioli in a single layer in a freezer bag. Slide them frozen into simmering water when you're ready to eat them. They'll take a couple of extra minutes to cook.

Ingredients  

  • 12 ounce package fresh lasagna noodles or homemade lasagna noodles

Filling:

  • 1 large delicata squash sliced half long-wise, seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small shallot minced
  • salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves plus more for garnish

Sauce:

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 24 leaves fresh sage or more

Toppings:

  • 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  • finely chopped fresh parsley

Instructions 

Ravioli Filling:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Add water to a glass baking dish, enough to come about 1/2-inch up the side. Place delicata halves side by side in the dish, cut side down.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes, until squash is very tender. Once squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out the flesh.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add shallot; cook and stir until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add roasted delicata flesh, smash until mostly smooth (you’ll have a few chunks left – yum!). Stir in cheese and parsley; remove from heat.

Assemble and Cook Ravioli:

  • Cut one fresh lasagna sheet in half lengthwise. Add a scant 1/4 cup of filling to center of one half sheet. Top with second half, pressing edges to seal. Repeat with remaining filling, you should end up with 6 or 8 ravioli. (See headnote.)
  • Heat enough water to cover ravioli in a wide sauté pan; bring to a high simmer. Slide in 2-4 ravioli (depending on the size of your pan) keep them in a single layer, and cook until pasta is tender and filling is heated through, 4-6 minutes. Repeat with remaining ravioli.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce. Melt butter in a small skillet; add sage leaves. Cook and stir until butter is lightly brown and sage leaves have crisped. Remove from heat.
  • When the ravioli are done, carefully lift each out with a slotted spoon and place on serving plates. Drizzle brown butter and sage leaves equally over plates. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 213mg | Potassium: 378mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1727IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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10 Comments

  1. Genevieve says:

    5 stars
    Very tasty, made this tonight with homemade pasta and it was delicious. It was the first time I made giant ravioli and we all loved it, even my 10 year old boy who is a bit picky about veggies… I didn’t have the ingredients for the topping but it didn’t miss a thing. I’ll be doing this again, thanks for sharing!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      This is wonderful to hear, Genevieve! Thank you for coming back to let me know!

  2. Trish | Well Worn Fork says:

    5 stars
    I love huge ravioli – this looks AMAZING!

    1. Marissa says:

      Thanks, Trish!

  3. Joanne says:

    These giant ravioli are so fun! And I agree with you…if I”m getting a fun filling in my ravioli, I want to be able to at least taste it!