Saturday, December 24, 2016

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Perhaps the simplest of all pasta sauces, a brown butter sauce takes only a few minutes to prepare and matches beautifully with this seasonal pasta.

Butternut Squash Ravioli with a Brown Butter Sage Sauce
These ravioli on the other hand, would have taken a good bit of time to make homemade. That's why, when Costco had them fresh (not frozen), I purchased them and they were quite good. Each package (the product comes in a set of two packages) serves 4 adults as a main course, as the sauce is rich. If you have big eaters you may need to increase the quantity. As a first course, one package serves 6, approximately two raviolis per person.

From Costco - Very Good - Link Here
While the link above prepares them with a garlic sauce, I felt a brown butter sage combination would be more seasonal. You can purchase fresh sage in most good grocery stores, which is what I did.

Browned Butter
Ingredients (serves 4)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
1 small shallot, minced
1-2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
Juice from half a fresh lemon
Pinch of salt and grind of fresh pepper
Prepared butternut squash ravioli (per above)
Shredded Parmesan cheese (to taste)

Instructions
Prepare butternut squash ravioli by bringing a large pot of salted water to boil. Freshly made (not frozen) ravioli take only 3-4 minutes in the boiling water.

In a 12 inch or larger deep skillet (avoid a dark non-stick skillet), melt butter over medium-high heat, swirling occasionally. Do this until the butter is browned and releases nutty aroma, which takes about 2 minutes. Do not leave the stove top as you don't want it to burn. Off heat, add shallot and sage, stirring until shallot is fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in lemon juice, salt and pepper. Cover to keep warm until your pasta is ready.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the well-drained raviolis a spoon at a time into the butter sauce. Toss them gently to coat before adding a second spoon of ravioli. Once all are coated, transfer to serving bowls and top with shredded Parmesan cheese.

The prepared sauce ready for the pasta.

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