Sunday, October 4, 2009

Brown Butter Ravioli with Pumpkin

So good – this dish has so many great flavors and textures going on, which paired together outstandingly.

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  • 1 2-pound sugar pumpkin or butternut squash, cut into 1-inch dice
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, eyeball it, plus additional
  • Salt and pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/3 pound pancetta, cut into fine dice
  • 1 1/2 2 pounds good quality, fresh large cheese or wild mushroom and cheese ravioli
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 20 leaves fresh sage
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano, for shaving over ravioli
  • balsamic drizzle

Coat pumpkin with a few tablespoons EVOO, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg and roast 15 minutes. Turn squash over and roast 15 minutes more.

When pumpkin is a few minutes away from being done, bring a large pot of water to a boil for ravioli.

Heat a drizzle of EVOO in a large skillet over medium heat. Add pancetta and crisp, 4-5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and wipe the fat drippings out of the pan.

Drop ravioli in the boiling water and cook 3-4 minutes.

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While the ravioli cook, melt butter in the skillet then add sage leaves and crisp them up, about 2 minutes. Carefully remove leaves, reserving them on a plate. Reduce heat under skillet a bit and allow the solids in the butter to brown.

Drain ravioli and add them to the skillet. Toss to coat.

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Arrange brown butter ravioli on serving platter with the pumpkin, and give everything a gentle toss. Top with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, crumbled sage and balsamic drizzle.

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

Photo recap of the Tempeh Avocado Reuben we enjoyed the other night. This sandwich is tough to beat! (Thanks for the avocado idea Jen!)

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This afternoon we loaded up Finley and Wilson for their once per year church service. Today was the Blessing of the Animals at Duke Chapel - “The Blessing of Animals is an outdoor worship service held each year on the Sunday in October closest to the Feast Day of St. Francis (October 3).”

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Andy and Wilson

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Jess and boys (Finley and Wilson)

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Blessing the pups (the sermon and song we sang even mentioned beagles :) These two have certainly blessed our lives.

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It was a glorious day out too…

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Lele said...

That is SO CUTE that they bless the pets!
I used to go to summer camp at Duke, and I love their chapel. It is so ridiculously beautiful.

Libby Murphy said...

Recipe sounds like something I would like and I am all about the Blessing of the Dogs. Your photos are great and remind me how beautiful it is on the campus of Duke.
Happy Twirls

Sweet and Savory said...

I have never made ravioli. Yours look scrumptious. I need a kick in the pants to get me to make ravioli, though. A mental block.

craftycook said...

Do you ever make your own ravioli? I have a recipe like this that uses a savory chocolate pasta dough to make the raviolis. Very different and delicious.