Make date night extra special with this Homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli served with Romesco Sauce. The time you take making it together in the kitchen is just as magical and memorable as the meal itself!
If you want to hear my confession, I think Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday!
There’s just something about it. I love all of the holidays for various reasons. I love the fall and winter holidays for the family togetherness and magic. St. Patrick’s Day and Easter are pretty amazing because of the time of year and all the goodies. Halloween has the BEST atmosphere. Still, Valentine’s Day has my heart, so to speak.
It’s something about the unexpected. It’s the mystery and surprise. You never know what will happen on Valentine’s Day, but you can imagine it might be something pretty special. Even after all these years, my husband is full of surprises. He knows that ravioli has been one of my top five favorite meals for most of my life. The thing is, I always thought it was hard to make. I thought you had to be a professional pasta chef, or have trained in a restaurant kitchen. I was wrong! We make pasta right at home. It might take more time than other meals, but that’s a bonus. All that time together cooking up your favorite meal! How cool is that thought? It’s so romantic!
Homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli with Romesco Sauce
Yes, we made that pillowy softness and you can too! For my dream ravioli, I had the romantic idea to make it with butternut squash and a nice and easy Romesco sauce.
The prep is fun to do together.
- 3 large eggs, beaten to blend
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 14-oz container already peeled and chopped butternut squash
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- Olive oil
- 2 roma tomatoes
- Half a jar of roasted red tomatoes
- 2 slices of french bread - sliced one inch thick
- Four cloves of garlic
- 1 tsp of paprika
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ cup almonds
- ¼ cup red wine vinegar
- Beat eggs.
- Combine dry ingredients in your mixer bowl.
- Add eggs and mix until just combined by hand.
- Attach dough hook to mixer and turn to medium low for 10 minutes.
- Wrap dough in plastic wrap and set aside.
- Set oven to 375ºF.
- Place squash into roasting pan and toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and salt and pepper.
- In a separate roasting pan, place slices of bread, quartered tomatoes, almonds, and peeled garlic cloves with a tablespoon of olive oil.
- Roast at the same time for 10 minutes and then take out the bread and almonds.
- Roast the rest for another 10 minutes.
- Put squash in food processor with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and pulse until smooth.
- Set aside for ravioli.
- Put the roasted veggies, bread, almonds, remaining olive oil, vinegar, red peppers, and paprika in food processor and pulse until smooth.
- Set aside.
- Take the dough and place it into a rectangle - if you have a pasta machine roll it 2 or 3 times at the widest setting.
- Pull and stretch the sheet of dough with the palm of your head as it emerges from the rollers, or if you're hand-rolling it.
- If using the pasta machine, reduce the setting and roll it through another few times.
- Keep rolling until the dough is paper thin and about 1/8 inch thick - and see-through.
- Dust the dough with flour as needed and make an egg wash of 1 egg and 1 tablespoon of water.
- Flour the counter and lay the sheet of pasta on it.
- Brush egg wash on top.
- Drop the filling on half the pasta sheet - about 2 inches apart.
- Fold the other half over the filling like a pillow and press out air pockets.
- Cut the ravioli pillows out with a sharp knife and use a fork to seal the edges.
- Cook your ravioli in boiling salted water for 6 minutes.
- You'll know they're ready because they float to the top.
- Cover with Romesco sauce and serve hot!
Home Chef Tip: The romesco sauce is like a pesto that will melt over your hot ravioli. Be ready to eat it right away - and serve it with Parmesan cheese.
That’s it! What do you think? Are you game to try this one with your partner?
I was happy with how well it went for our last date night. For Valentine’s Day, I can see how this would be a great way to be together. If kids are around, that’s good too, because ours were happy to taste test the delicious ravioli. It’s good for all ages.
If you don’t have a pasta maker, you can easily make the pasta dough with a rolling pin. In a pinch, you can even use a water glass! I don’t want it to seem like ravioli is out of your league. In fact, it’s such an enjoyable and easy-paced recipe to make. Our first batch was perfect to us. The sauce was out of this world, and the butternut squash filling was simply delicious. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!
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