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Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Butter Sauce

Yield 8 servings
Butternut squash, crushed gingersnaps, and aged Parmesan become an incredible filling for tender ravioli that make an elegant seated appetizer.


  • 1/2 cup crushed gingersnaps (about 8 cookies)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 (2-pound) butternut squash
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (12-ounce) package won ton wrappers
  • Sage Butter Sauce
  • Freshly ground pepper

How to Make It

  1. Stir together gingersnaps and milk in a medium bowl. Let stand until cookies are softened (about 10 minutes).

  2. Cut squash in half lengthwise; remove seeds. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Coat foil with cooking spray. Place squash, cut side down, on foil. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 30 to 40 minutes or until tender. Scoop out pulp; mash. Discard shell. Measure 1 3/4 cups pulp; reserve any remaining pulp for another use.

  3. Stir 1 3/4 cups squash pulp, 1/2 cup cheese, butter, and salt into softened gingersnaps. Working with 6 won ton wrappers at a time (keeping remaining wrappers covered), spoon about 1 tablespoon squash filling into center of each wrapper. Moisten edges of each wrapper with water; bring 2 opposite corners together. Press edges together with a fork to seal, forming a triangle. Cover ravioli with a damp towel to keep them from drying.

  4. Bring 2 quarts water to a boil in a large saucepan. Cook ravioli, 6 at a time, uncovered, 1 to 2 minutes. Quickly remove from water with a slotted spoon. Keep warm. Place 6 ravioli in each serving bowl. Top each with 1 tablespoon Sage Butter Sauce. Sprinkle evenly with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and pepper.

Christmas with Southern Living 2001