Today’s recipe is a double feature because of how advanced the whole recipe is. Cooking is a hobby where experience, ability, and equipment factor a large part into what you are able to make. Not everyone has the machinery and know-how to make pasta from scratch, so I removed that from this post. I know how overwhelming it can be to follow recipes online because some blogs or sites will assume their audience has the same amount of skill as themselves. I want this blog to be inclusive for anyone who wants to learn, so I keep my posts at beginner to intermediate levels. Now, with that said and done, we can get started on today’s scrumptious dish!
There is no reason to be upset if you can’t make your own pasta, it’s a very difficult batter to get right. The appliances alone are really only found in kitchens that produce their own pasta on a regular basis. For a regular weekday chef, you really just need an oven, a stove, and the motivation to learn!
We won’t touch on the actual making of ravioli in this post, cook your favorite pre-made ravioli to the specifications that its bag or box says. Once your pasta is fully cooked, a great way to add some color and texture is to sear them in a pan. This will give them a little crunch and stiffness to better hold the sauce while keeping the inside nice and soft.
For the best flavor combination, I recommend using vegetable ravioli. The sweetness of the Pure Southern Honey works best with earthy flavors. That’s why the filling that we touch on in this post has a squash base!
My favorite way to give a simple-looking dish a little flare is by adding in some vibrant herbs! A few that would pair well with the flavors in this dish are rosemary, thyme, and sage!
My family loves to drown our food in sauces so I normally make a little bit more than what my recipes call for. This is a very rich sauce so I try not to overdo it on this one! If your sauce comes out a little too sweet for your liking, add in a little more butter and a pinch of salt.
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- Peeled butternut squash
- Half a cup of ricotta cheese
Sweet and Smooth Honey Butter Sauce
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- Sage leaves
- Half a cup of chopped hazelnuts (roasted)
We are going to start with the ravioli filling. If you are using premade ravioli, skip down a little further to see our Sweet and smooth honey butter sauce! Before we start with the filling, make sure all your ingredients are portioned and ready to go. If you have a food processor, now is the time to break that out. If not, any type of blender will suffice. Chop the squash into chunks that can fit into the container. Then add the ricotta cheese and a dash of salt and pepper. Blend that together until it has a creamy consistency. This filling can be used in ravioli, baked in puff pastry, or any other way you like! It’s an easy way to get some fresh veggies into your weekly dinner schedule.
Sweet and Smooth Honey Butter Sauce
This is the main event! Make sure you have all your ingredients and let’s get started! Get a large saute pan and put it over medium heat. Put the stick of butter in there and move it around so that the whole pan is coated evenly. Then add in the Pure Southern Honey and bring that to a simmer. Be sure to stir regularly to avoid the sauce burning or sticking. After a few minutes, add in your hazelnuts. Stir the hazelnuts around once or twice to make sure they are fully covered in the sauce, then add your ravioli. Lightly toss them in the sauce. Once plated, put the sauce on warm heat and allow everyone to add as much sauce as they would like.