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Homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce, made with pasta dough from scratch and roasted garlic and butternut, tastes like heaven.

Homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce on plate

Why this recipe works:

Homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce – it’s like fall perfection on a plate. In fact, it’s one of my favorite pasta recipes.

  • Roasting butternut squash is so easy to make. Once you roast butternut squash with whole cloves of garlic, you’ll never go back. Pure heaven, I tell you!
  • Homemade pasta is actually super simply to make and the taste and texture can’t be beat. My pasta recipe works perfectly for this ravioli.
  • And let’s not forget the brown butter sage sauce. You know I love my brown butter, and it is perfect for savory dishes like this butternut squash ravioli too. This homemade ravioli has so much flavor, but it requires the perfect sauce to compliment it rather than over power it.

How to make homemade ravioli:

In my opinion, there are three necessary pieces of equipment: a stand mixer with a dough hook, a pasta roller, and a ravioli maker. These are amazon links to the exact products I use. Now, you certainly don’t need all of this equipment and people have been making pasta by hand for centuries, but if you have them, making pasta is a breeze.

  1. Prepare the filling. This is done by coating butternut squash and garlic cloves in olive oil and roasting on a baking sheet (photo 1). This gets pureed in a food processor with additional olive oil, parmesan cheese, dried sage, and salt and pepper (photo 2).
  2. Make the sauce. Butter and fresh sage are cooked over low heat until the butter is browned and the sage is infused (photo 3). This is to be done just prior to serving.
  3. Make the pasta. Equal parts of all-purpose and semolina flour are combined with eggs, olive oil, water and salt, then kneaded until elastic. After a period of rest, the dough gets rolled into sheets.
  4. Assemble the ravioli. Cover the ravioli mold with the pasta dough, create a well for the filling, and add about a heaping teaspoon of roasted garlic butternut squash filling to each well (photo 4). Cover with the second sheet of dough (photo 5) and gently roll the dough together to cut the pieces. Then, all you have to do is turn it over, give it a tap, and they all fall out (photo 6). Easy!
step by step photos of how to make Homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Cooking tips:

  • To cook: toss the ravioli in salted boiling water for just a few minutes until they float.
  • To freeze: line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add a single layer of the homemade ravioli. Set in freezer and once completely frozen, they can be added to a resealable plastic bag. Be sure to squeeze out as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn.
  • Making the pasta: I prefer an even mix of semolina flour to all-purpose flour. It gives the pasta great texture and chew, plus it’s insanely easy to work with. The addition of olive oil to the dough can be tasted in the final pasta – YUM! You must kneed your pasta dough for a solid ten minutes. If you want to do this by hand, more power to you, but pasta dough is not a soft dough like bread dough, so you’re in for a workout. I highly recommend using your Kitchenaid mixer. You have to be sure to cover the dough and allow it to rest. This process allows the gluten to do whatever gluten does to make pasta wonderful.
  • To roll out the sheets of pasta dough to make your homemade ravioli, you can roll it on the counter by hand, but I highly recommend using a pasta roller. I’ve used the KitchenAid pasta attachments before, and while they certainly are easy to use, there is something so satisfying about rolling pasta dough in a quality made in Italy pasta roller. Just be sure you use enough flour to avoid any sticking in your pasta machine.
  • When forming the ravioli, be sure to have floured all of your dough generously so that it releases easily from the mold.
homemade butternut squash ravioli on counter with ravioli press

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butternut squash ravioli cut in half to show filling

Homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Prep1 hour
Cook45 minutes
Total1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Homemade Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage Sauce, made with pasta dough from scratch and roasted garlic and butternut, tastes like heaven.

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Ingredients 

Pasta

Filling

  • 2 1/2 lbs butternut squash peeled and roughly chopped
  • 8 whole garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • salt and pepper to taste

Sauce & garnish (see notes below)

  • 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
  • 10 whole fresh sage leaves
  • Garnish with 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts and freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions 

To make the pasta dough:

  • Combine all pasta ingredients and mix together to make a stiff dough. Knead by hand or in a stand mixer with the dough hook on medium low speed for 10 minutes or until dough is elastic. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and let rest for at least 20 minutes. On a lightly floured surface roll out to desired thickness and cut as desired.

To make the filling:

  • Toss the squash with the garlic in a bowl with just enough olive oil to evenly coat everything. Roast on a baking sheet at 400oF for about 45 minutes until soft. Remove from the oven and mix in a food processor to combine – slowly pouring additional olive oil into the mixture until the consistency is smooth. Add parmesan, dried sage, and salt and pepper, to taste. Use this filling to make the ravioli.

To make the sauce:

  • Combine butter and fresh sage leaves in small sauce pan. Heat over low heat for at least 15 minutes to infuse the butter. Then, increase the heat just a bit (take care not to burn) and stir continuously until the butter browns slightly and the sage leaves crisp. 

To prepare:

  • Use a ravioli press to add and seal one teaspoon of filling in between each pasta sheet. Dip finger in water and wet edges of pasta before adding second sheet to allow for a nicely sealed ravioli. Use a roller, gently pressing down, to seal them up. Be sure to heavily flour the outside of your pasta to enable easy release.
  • Boil the ravioli in plenty of salted water until just done. This will only take a short time! The ravioli will float on the surface of the water when they are finished. Carefully remove and drain. Serve with sage butter, a sprinkle of toasted pine nuts, and a generous amount of grated Parmesan cheese.

Notes

 recipe makes 6 dozen ravioli
  • To cook: toss the ravioli in salted boiling water for just a few minutes until they float.
  • To freeze: line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add a single layer of the homemade ravioli. Set in freezer and once completely frozen, they can be added to a resealable plastic bag. Be sure to squeeze out as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn.
  • Making the pasta: I prefer an even mix of semolina flour to all-purpose flour. It gives the pasta great texture and chew, plus it’s insanely easy to work with. The addition of olive oil to the dough can be tasted in the final pasta – YUM! You must kneed your pasta dough for a solid ten minutes. If you want to do this by hand, more power to you, but pasta dough is not a soft dough like bread dough, so you’re in for a workout. I highly recommend using your Kitchenaid mixer. You have to be sure to cover the dough and allow it to rest. This process allows the gluten to do whatever gluten does to make pasta wonderful.
  • To roll out the sheets of pasta dough to make your homemade ravioli, you can roll it on the counter by hand, but I highly recommend using a pasta roller. I’ve used the KitchenAid pasta attachments before, and while they certainly are easy to use, there is something so satisfying about rolling pasta dough in a quality made in Italy pasta roller. Just be sure you use enough flour to avoid any sticking in your pasta machine.
  • When forming the ravioli, be sure to have floured all of your dough generously so that it releases easily from the mold.
  • Sauce amount – Since I typically don’t cook all of these ravioli (I cook some and freeze the rest), the amount of sauce in this recipe is perfect for my family of four. If you’re planning on cooking ALL of the ravioli at the same time, you may want to double or triple the sauce amount.

Nutrition

Calories: 348kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 67mg, Sodium: 319mg, Potassium: 437mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 10275IU, Vitamin C: 20.5mg, Calcium: 114mg, Iron: 2.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published in May 2018 and has been updated with helpful information, ingredient and process photos, as well as recipe tips. Don’t worry – the recipe hasn’t changed!

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63 Comments

  1. This recipe is amazing. I made Agnolotti instead of Ravioli and used chopped pistachios instead of pine nuts. The texture is deliciously creamy, the addition of sage in the filling is genius. It’s an elegant dish that will be hard to beat!

  2. I make this every Christmas! But now I can’t recall – the recipe is 12 servings, but roughly how many raviolis is that per person? Thank you!

    1. Oh gosh. I really can’t remember. I think it was based on a smallish serving just because of how rich they are. I’m guessing 6-8? If you make this recipe, will you let me know how many total raviolis you get? I wish I had written that down!

  3. I froze mine before the boiling stage and plan to let them thaw slightly before boiling. Is there a better way to freeze them?

      1. Can I let the dough stay at room temp for longer than 20 minutes or should i put in the fridge until ready to roll out?

    1. 5 stars
      I really enjoyed this recipe and the final result! I blocked off my entire afternoon thinking this would be an arduous process but it was quick and easy. I especially enjoyed how the recipe is written!! I had some mushrooms I needed to use up so I cooked them down in the brown butter and it was a wonderful and beautiful accompaniment to the final dish.

  4. 5 stars
    I will be trying this recipe this evening! I roasted the butternut squash earlier in the day while I was working in my garden. I know it will be delicious – I’ll report back. Thank you so much for this recipe.