One Great Squash Dish
Fall is one of the best seasons for cooking since some of the richest and delicious foods are ripe and ready this time of the year. With the holidays just around the corner, you have the perfect excuse to try something new. This year you can try a wonderful butternut squash ravioli that will excite your taste buds and delight your guests. This is not only a scrumptious meal, but it’s actually surprisingly healthy as well! If you’ve never made your own ravioli before, now is the perfect time to practice your culinary skills. Here’s how to make this great fall dish.
What You’ll Need
The ingredients list of this dish is fairly simple. Everything you need can be picked up at a local grocery store if you don’t already have it in your pantry
Butternut Squash Ravioli
- -1 cup of cooked mashed butternut squash
- -1/2 tsp. of salt
- -1/2 tsp. of black pepper
- -A pinch of cayenne pepper
- -1/2 of mascarpone cheese You can make your own with heavy whipping cream and vinegar. It's so easy!
- -1 egg yolk
- -1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- -1 16oz. package of round Wonton wrappers Or make your own ravioli pasta dough with egg yolks and flour.
- -2 tbsp. butter
- -1 clove of garlic
Now that you have everything you need, it's time to make the real magic happen. This is a simple 4 step process that doesn't require any sort of advanced dishes or culinary abilities
- Mix the cooked squash together with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper. Stir in the mascarpone cheese, egg yolk, and Parmesan cheese until it's smooth.
- Prepare your Wonton wrappers for use by laying them out on a counter top and moistening the edges with a wet towel or your finger. Place about 1 tsp. of the squash mixture into the center of each Wonton. Fold the Wonton over and press edges together to seal it closed.
- Place the butter and garlic in a saucepan and bring to a medium-low heat to melt the butter. At the same time, set a pot of water with a little bit of salt to boil.
- Place a few of the prepared raviolis into the boiling water at a time, boiling for about 2 minutes or until they begin to float. Remove them from the boiling water and drain before transferring them to the butter-filled saucepan. Cook lightly in the saucepan until the raviolis have a nice garlic flavor. This should take about 2 minutes as well. Remove the finished raviolis from the saucepan and top with spices such as sage, rosemary, Parmesan cheese, and black pepper to taste.
Recipe NotesIf you don't have any cooked butternut squash on hand, don't be worried. Cooking squash for this meal just requires you to cut the squash in half the long way, scoop out any seeds in the bulb area, and roast the two halves flesh side down for 20-30 minutes at 300 degrees until tender. Let it cool before you try to work with it.
Health Benefits of Butternut Squash
Butternut squash ravioli is such a simple dish, but it packs a powerful punch to both hunger and health. Did you know that butternut squash is stuffed full of heart-healthy nutrients? Not only that, but it also contains very little fat so there is almost no downside to this delicious fall squash! Just one cup of cooked squash, as is needed for the recipe, will give you a great contribution to your daily dose of fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Folate, and Potassium.
Everyone will be able to enjoy this ravioli dish because there is no meat involved in the process. You won’t hear non-vegetarians complaining about that, though, since the sumptuous taste of this meal or side dish will impress even the pickiest guests you have. Branch out a bit this holiday and try a heart-healthy, simple butternut squash recipe. You’ll be glad you did!