"A seasonal delight: pumpkin ravioli!"

A seasonal delight:  pumpkin ravioli!

Although I promised myself  I wouldn’t buy any more cookware or equipment to clutter my house I finally broke down and purchased a pasta attachment for my KitchenAid.  I admit it took me 4 months to pull that thing out of the box and use it but the results were outstanding and well worth the effort! 

The pasta making itself was very relaxing in a zen-like way.  You start with basic ingredients (flour, eggs, water and salt) which, when mixed, don’t feel like much.  In fact we commented how the blob seemed tough and inflexible to which I let out a sigh because I realized we might have to head to the refrigerated section of the store after all.        

Twenty minutes later the dough had relaxed and we were ready to roll (literally).  The finished pasta sheets turned into two types of ravioli:  pumpkin parmesan and ricotta spinach.   Bathed in a brown butter sauce (pumpkin) and homemade marinara (ricotta) we marveled at the finished product, clinked wine glasses and then dug our way down to the bottom of the bowls.

Sage Brown Butter Sauce*

  • ½ stick butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sage leaves (about 15-20) 

Place butter in a saucepan, turn heat to medium low.  Add the salt, pepper and sage leaves.   Cook, shaking the pan every now and then, until the butter melts and turns from yellow to pale brown, about 5 minutes.   Use immediately.  Pumpkin Parmesan Filling* 

  • 2 cups squash
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup grated parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon sugar 

Combine all ingredients.  Spoon filling onto flat pasta sheets and cut.   

Both recipes (above) adapted from “How to cook everything” by Mark Bittman.

"Ricotta and spinach ravioli"

Ricotta and spinach ravioli

14 Must-Make Cauliflower Recipes.
Broccoli and Cauliflower Recipes Even Kids Will Love.
Hearty, Chunky Soups for a Cold Day.
Healthy, Easy New Ways to Enjoy Salmon.
10 Tasty Ways to Make Canned Tuna Gourmet.
What's in Season: Fall Vegetables You Can't Miss.
Crispy, Creamy, and Perfectly Cheesy Gourmet Gratins.
10 Creative New Ways to Cook Salmon.
Cozy into Fall with Savory Seasonal Soups.
Creamy, Comforting Macaroni and Cheese Recipes.
12 Terrific New Takes on Jalapeño Poppers.
Quick and Easy 5 Ingredient Pastas.
Edible Flowers from The Garden of Eat'n.
Snack Healthy with Homemade Hummus.
Every Dish is Made Better with Beer.
10 Exceptional Coffee Drinks to Make at Home.
10 Handy Meals Made in a Muffin Tin.
Vegan Appetizers Anyone Will Love.
Simple, Hearty Mexican Dishes for a Crowd.
10 Succulent Salmon Dishes for Healthier Eating.
Appetizer Ideas for the Big Game.
Italian Dishes Minus the Indulgence.
Cozy Chili Recipes and Creative Ways to Enjoy Them.
Fantastic, Flavorful 5-Ingredient Chicken Dinners.
10 Savory Curries You Can Make in a Hurry.
Top 10 Christmas Cookies of the Season.
5 Creative Cinco de Mayo Recipes to get the Fiesta Started!.
Fun Football Shaped Bites for the Super Bowl.
The Ultimate Super Bowl Appetizer: 5-Layer Football Field Dip.
Complete Your Meal With a Perfect Wine Pairing.
Pass the Chickpeas! 10 Healthy Garbanzo Bean Recipes.
Food Pairings with Sean McKenzie and Dave Matthews.
Top 10 Tips for Winning Dinners!.
From Apples to Kale to Salmon, How to Keep What You Love Fresh.
Cooking with Silk®.
Grow Your Own Ingredients: Fresh Garden Favorites.