Butternut Squash Ravioli

ravioli-ck-1049301-xJust a few miles down the road, this baby was grown. I knew it was something special the moment I laid my eyes on her in my co-op.  I thought long and hard about what I wanted to attempt.  There are so many recipes involving butternut squash – especially this time of year.  Ravioli it was!

 

Butternut Squash Ravioli

Ingredients:

Pasta:
1/2 c. white flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
pinch of salt
1/4 c. cold water
2 tsp. olive oil

Filling:

3 c. cooked butternut squash
2 TBSP olive oil
s & p to taste

Sauce:

1.5 cooked butternut squash
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1.5 c. veggie broth
1 c. almond milk
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. oregano
s & p to taste

Procedures:

Filling:

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2.  Peel, cut and cube (1 inch cubes) butternut squash.  Mix with olive oil and s/p.
3.  Place on baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes, or until soft.
4.  Once done, transfer to bowl and mix until smooth.
5.  Let cool.

Pasta:

1.  In a bowl, mix dry ingredients and make a well.
2.  Beat liquids and pour into well.
3.  Mix dry ingredients until dough forms and as much of the flour as possible is mixed in.
4.  Knead dough on floured surface until smooth and elastic into a smooth ball.
5.  Roll by hand or use pasta attachment.  Create strips of pasta dough about 2 inches x 4 inches.
6.  Place 1 tablespoon of cooled filling onto one strip of the pasta.  Make sure to leave enough room to press edges together.
7.  Use 1 TBSP ground flax seed with 2 TBSP water to ‘glue’ the edges together.
8.  Place pasta into boiling water and cook for approximately 4 minutes.

Sauce:

1.  Place ingredients (except spices) into blender and blend until smooth.
2.  Place over low heat and let thicken.  If needed, use cornstarch to thicken.
3.  Add oregano, thyme, s & p.

This was heavenly!  I like meals that take hard work and aren’t necessarily “30-Minute Meals” – sorry, Rachel Ray.

I do believe that even though I wasn’t in the best of moods, this dinner lightened up the mood at our house tonight.  After Micah and I both had hard days, it was nice to sit down, eat together, and enjoy our company and conversation.

This sauce was full of flavor!  I would even add more squash or even a dash of pureed pumpkin if I had a bit.  The more squash, the better!

Laying low this weekend.  Micah and I both need some time to recharge!