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Pumpkin Ravioli

Fresh Pumpkin Ravioli

I have hereby done battle with pasta dough, and I have to say the pasta dough won. Or, at least, the first time it did.

This recipe ended up making so much filling that we had it two nights in a row, but on the second night I scrapped the semolina-based pasta dough the recipe called for, and instead turned to my tried-and-true basic pasta dough recipe (that came with my kitchen aid pasta attachment). While the semolina might have given the pasta a bit more depth of flavor, it wasn’t worth the hassle of battling with a dense and crumbly dough, forcing it through the pasta roller over and over and over again until you somehow managed to get a piece out big enough for a single ravioli.

Fresh Pumpkin Ravioli

Lesson learned – if you plan on making homemade ravioli, have a package of wonton wrappers in the fridge just in case. While I did manage to get a decent dinner out of the first troublesome batch of dough, it would have been much easier to have tossed the crumbly stuff from the getgo and used the wonton wrappers instead. Now I know.

But how did they taste? Quite good, actually! The filling is rich and buttery, with a mild pumpkin flavor and a hint of sage and herbs. We deviated from the sauce in the original recipe (because adding another cup of cream really sounded like overkill), so we attempted a sort of chicken-broth based beurre-blanc sauce. It separated pretty bad on us in the last minute or so, becoming basically a mix of dark brown bits of reduced chicken broth swimming in melted butter. But it still tasted good! I also think it’d be quite good with a brown butter and sage sauce, which, while I’m not a huge fan of sage, works particularly well with pumpkin and/or butternut squash (which you could easily substitute here instead).

Pumpkin Ravioli

Makes 4-6 servings. Adapted from Wolfgang Puck.

Ingredients:

Filling:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound fresh pumpkin, peeled and cut in 1-inch cubes
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 bay leaf
2 tablespoons minced fresh sage, plus 6 small leaves for garnish
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
2 eggs, beaten
Salt
Freshly ground white pepper

Pasta dough:
4 large eggs (about 7/8 cup)
1 tablespoon water
3 1/2 cups sifter all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg, beaten lightly, for egg wash

Sauce:
1 1/2 cups chicken stock (preferably homemade)
1/2 cup white wine
2 shallots, chopped
4 tablespoons butter

Directions:

Heat a saute pan over low heat and add 4 tablespoons of the butter. When the butter is foamy, add the cubed pumpkin and cook, stirring often to stop it from sticking and burning, until it softens and falls into a puree.

Turn the pumpkin into a saucepan, add 1/2 of the cream and half the herbs and cook over a low heat for approximately 1 hour, or until the puree is thick and the liquid has evaporated. Stir occasionally to prevent scorching. Remove from the heat and beat in an additional 2 tablespoons of butter. Whisk in the beaten eggs, season, to taste, with salt and pepper and set a side to cool.

To make pasta dough, place eggs, water ,flour, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer or food processor. Pulse/mix about 30 seconds until combined. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and hand knead for 1 to 2 minutes. Form dough into a flattened disc, wrap tightly with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.

On a floured surface, roll out the pasta as thin as possible. Cut into 2 sheets and brush 1 of them with egg wash. Using a teaspoon, place 24 equal mounds of the pumpkin puree on the egg-washed dough, about 2 inches apart. Cover the mounded dough with the second sheet of pasta and press around the mounds of pumpkin to seal the dough.

Using a ravioli cutter or a sharp knife cut the ravioli. Dust a tray with semolina and place the ravioli on it.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, while you make the sauce.

Prepare the sauce: In a saucepan, reduce the stock with the wine and shallots to 1/2 cup. Simmer until reduced by half. Over a low heat, whisk in the remaining 4 tablespoons butter, a little at a time, over low heat. Strain the sauce into a clean saucepan and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add the ravioli to the rapidly boiling water and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain. Add the ravioli to the sauce and bring just to a boil.

Divide the ravioli among preheated soup dishes and spoon the sauce over them. Garnish each serving with a fresh sage leaf. Serve immediately.

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  1. 1
    Posted On October 25, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I have to give you a huge ^5.
    I know how hard this is to make and the mess it leaves int he ktichen.
    But you made this perfect.

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  2. 2
    Posted On October 26, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!

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  3. 3
    Posted On October 26, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Yum! I’m sure this was divine, as I know firsthand now, your homemade pasta is awesome!

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  4. 4
    Posted On October 26, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I was *just* saying to my boyfriend that we should attempt butternut squash ravioli this weekend. We’re a bit worried about making pasta dough and getting it thin enough (we don’t have a pasta roller), so thanks for the wonton wrapper alternative idea!

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  5. 5
    Posted On October 26, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I think you did a wonderful job on the homemade pasta. I would love to try making some myself, but not sure I have the patience. The photos are incredible.

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  6. 6
    Posted On October 26, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    They look professional! I’ve always wanted to try pumpkin ravioli…

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  7. 7
    hazeleyes
    Posted On November 1, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Wonton wrappers are wonderful.

    I think maybe there wasn’t enough water or egg in your semolina pasta recipe. Experiment, using either a little more water or an extra egg yolk or if more if needed, another whole egg.

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  8. 8
    hazeleyes
    Posted On November 1, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Hm, that doesn’t read right. I should have said dry pasta usually suggests not enough moisture. Add more water and try again. If more moisture is needed, add another egg yolk, and if more is needed, add the extra egg white. Add water only by teaspoons, testing after each addition, and after each addition of egg.

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  9. 9
    Andre Stojka
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    for a variation, eliminate the cream, add 6 crumbled ameretti cookies and you will be in heaven.

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  10. 10
    Andre Stojka
    Posted On November 2, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    for a lower calorie and high flavor variation, eliminate the cream, add 6 crumbled ameretti cookies and you will be in heaven.

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  11. 11
    Posted On April 6, 2010 at 6:10 am

    Hi. I have tried this recipe twice now and am still unsure as to where the other 1/2 of cream and herbs go….can you please clarify for me? Thank you! [The ravioli was delicious. I am a Peace Corps Volunteer in Azerbaijan and I just shared the recipe with a local friend and she wanted to go straight home and try the recipe out! It feels great when I know I have introduced someone to something new and exciting.]

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    • Chucky V
      Posted On October 10, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Yeah! Where is this other  cream going? I mean, like, what am I? Made of extra cream? But seriously, I wish these directions were more clear. Long story short, I decided to drop the cream and herbs into the sauce and based on how happy I am now, I would say that was the right decision. Best of luck to you, Loki. I hope you aren’t still cooking this… 3.5 years later. Also, how do you feel about the popularity of both Thor and the Hunger Games since 2010? You have an awesome name. Keep of the good work. See ya out there. 

  12. 12
    Tina@MorePleaseRecipes
    Posted On October 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe. Ive just used the recipe for the filling and sauce ony own site and it turne out beautifully. What delicious fall flavors:)

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  13. 13
    imperia ravioli molds
    Posted On April 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    I bought my 1st ravioli preparing set a few
    months ago but the outcome were less than outstanding.
    Lately I have devoted some extra free time refining my techniques and can currently create ravioli just as good as you would hope
    to discover in just about any high class eatery.

    Reply

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