Ravioli is one of my favorite things to eat, it’s filling, satisfying, and it comes together really quickly. Now let me preface this by saying I’m talking about pre-made ravioli, obviously homemade ravioli is probably way better but who has the time?
Everyone relates ravioli to Italian cuisine and they’re not wrong, it was first mentioned in manuscripts found from 14th century Italy. Ravioli are basically dumplings and it’s no wonder why everyone loves them then. Dumplings rule. Pasta dumplings rule even more.
So this dish is one of my favorites, it’s a butternut squash/pumpkin cream sauce that’s loaded with cheese so it has a amazing savory flavor that has subtle hints of sweetness from the squash. By using canned squash/pumpkin you can bring this dish together in less than a hour. This dish is perfect for the fall and winter and it’s one of my favorite weeknight meals to make when we’re hungry and short on time.
1 Package of Store Bought Ravioli (or homemade if you’re fancy) *9 to 10 Ravioli*
1 Can of Pumpkin Puree/Butternut Squash Puree either or
1 Cup of Condensed Milk (or Heavy Cream)
1/4 Cup of Pecorino Romano Cheese Shredded
1/2 Tsp. Brown Sugar (you can add less, more, or none at all, it depends on how sweet you like the pumpkin to be)
1/2 Tsp. Herb de Provence
1/2 Cup Finely Diced White Onion
1/4 Tsp. Cinnamon
2 Tbsp. Butter
1 Tsp Salt (this is really to taste, so you can add less if you like it to be less salty)
Step 1 – In a medium sized pot, heat your butter, then add your onions.
Step 2- Once they’ve browned, add your spices.
Step 3- Now add your pumpkin puree, stir for about a minute or so.
Step 4- Reduce the heat to low, add in your condensed milk and stir for about 5 minutes
Step 5- Now add in your cheese and brown sugar, stir and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes. Make sure your heat isn’t too hot, you don’t want the sauce to become grainy.
Step 6- Prepare the ravioli per the instructions on the package, or fill a (separate) pot with water, bring it to boil, add the ravioli, and then cook for about 5 to 6 minutes.
Step 7 – Once the ravioli is ready you can add it to the sauce or serve the sauce over it. Enjoy!