After a few days shy of a month spontaneously traveling through Italy, my homemade pasta has easily been leveled up. My favorite homemade pastas to make are tortelloni (the big ones) and ravioli, because of the creativity that you have with the fillings! Today's pasta inspiration came from a little hole-in-the-wall in a small Tuscan town. With that being said, enjoy my Homemade Butternut Squash & Sage Ravioli that will melt in your mouth.
Now, be prepared for some delicious looking photos.
Typically, this pasta dish would be served with a browned butter sage sauce (which I am totally NOT against, because that would be delicious!!). However, I switched it up a bit to make a butternut, pecan, and sage olive oil sauce. I actually think it pairs quite well with the small hint of butternut puree in the actual pasta and the ricotta/sage filling.
I have definitely made pasta at home before without using a pasta machine; however, it is definitely a labor of love. Plus, pasta machines can be found at fairly decent prices, considering the amount of time they will save you!! For instance, I kneaded this pasta dough in a matter of 4 minutes, and had all of it rolled out in a matter of 10 minutes. That left me with the exciting part of adding the filling and shaping the pasta into magical goodness!
Homemade pasta, even with a pasta machine, is still partially a labor of love... but let me tell you my friends, it is 100% worth every bite you will take! There is nothing more rewarding than sitting down for dinner after making your very own fresh pasta... play a little Italian music and toss together some greens for a garden salad.... voilà!.... you have magically arrived in Tuscany, Italy for dinner time!
It is time to tie on our aprons and begin making homemade ravioli!
Also, I found this cute video that I think is a great video demonstrating how you would roll out, fill, and cut the ravioli... click here to watch.
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