Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Butter Sauce

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Ever since I made my first batch of home-made pasta using my newly purchased pasta machine, I’ve been longing to try out other pasta recipes. This is a lovely recipe from Michelle Southan at Taste.com.au. I used the pasta recipe from a previous Daring Kitchen challenge and it worked a treat. I found making the sheets a bit fiddly and I can’t say I made the most elegant job of putting it all together, but it was tasty none-the-less. And, it has to be said, the browned butter sauce with crisp sage was the best bit of all!


PUMPKIN & PINE NUT RAVIOLI WITH SAGE BUTTER SAUCE

Serves 4-6 (depending on serving size)

Ingredients: (Click here for unit converter)

  • 500g pumpkin, peeled, deseeded, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 55g (1/3 cup) pine nuts
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 20g (1/4 cup) shredded parmesan
  • 1 x quantity fresh pasta sheets (or make your own – see my pasta recipe)

Sage-butter sauce:

  • 200g butter, chopped
  • 1/4 cup small fresh sage leaves
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice

Method:

  1. Cook the pumpkin in a steamer basket over a saucepan of simmering water for 10 minutes or until tender (alternatively, you can roast the pumpkin in the oven as I did for a richer, more caramelised taste). Transfer to a medium bowl. Use a fork to mash until smooth.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the pine nuts and cook, stirring, for 4-5 minutes or until lightly toasted. Add the garlic and cumin and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds or until aromatic.
  3. Add the pine nut mixture and parmesan to the pumpkin and stir until combined. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Place 1 pasta sheet on a lightly floured surface. Place heaped teaspoonfuls of pumpkin mixture, in 2 rows, at 5cm intervals on the pastry sheet, leaving a 2cm border around the edges. Use a pastry brush to brush the pasta around the pumpkin mixture with water. Top with another pasta sheet and press the edges together to seal. Use a ravioli wheel or knife to cut between the pumpkin mixture to make squares. Repeat with the remaining pasta sheets and filling.
  5. To make the sage-butter sauce, melt the butter in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add the sage and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes or until the sage is crisp and the butter is light golden. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice.
  6. Cook half the ravioli in a large saucepan of salted boiling water for 5-8 minutes or until al dente. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining pasta. Divide the ravioli among serving bowls and spoon over the sage-butter sauce. Serve.

Food Photography Info: Canon 550D (EOS Rebel T2i); Canon 50mm 1.8 lens / Natural lighting

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