I made this dinner last weekend and it was simply amazing!!
Butternut Squash Filled Ravioli
1 butternut squash
2 tbsps light olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 pkg. wonton wrappers (12 oz.)
3 tbsps cornstarch, mixed with 3 tbsps cold water
Light pesto cream sauce (see recipe below)
Fresh grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
Fresh diced tomato, for garnish
For light pesto cream sauce:
1 cup tightly packed fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup mild olive oil
1/3 cup half-and-half
Preheat oven to 400° F. Cut squash in half; remove seeds and brush the interior with extra virgin olive oil. Place squash cut side down in pan brushed with additional olive oil. Bake, uncovered for 40 minutes or until fork tender. Cool.
Meanwhile, in a skillet, heat light olive oil. Add onion and garlic. Sauté until softened. Transfer onion mixture to a large bowl. Scoop squash from skin and place in bowl with onion and garlic. Stir in ricotta cheese, basil, salt and pepper. Mash until you have a coarse paste.
For each ravioli, place a wonton wrapper onto a lightly floured surface. Spoon a small amount of filling (about 1 1/2 tsps) onto the center of the wrapper. Lightly wet the edges of the wrapper with the cornstarch mixture. Lay a second wonton skin over the filling and carefully press edges to seal.
Trim edges with a ravioli cutter or a pastry wheel. Repeat with remaining wonton wrappers. Carefully place ravioli (one at a time) in a large pot of boiling, salted water. Cook and stir gently for about 5 minutes or until cooked through.
Remove cooked ravioli with a slotted spoon and place on a warm platter. Serve with light pesto cream sauce (recipe follows).
For light pesto cream sauce, in the bowl of food processor or blender, process basil, pine nuts, garlic, cheese and salt to form a paste. With the machine running, gradually add oil in a steady stream until evenly blended.
Place pesto mixture into a small saucepan. Heat until warmed through. Stir in half-and-half until smooth and warmed through. Serve sauce over ravioli. Garnish, if desired, with fresh grated Parmesan cheese and diced tomatoes.
Preparation time: 1 1/2 hours