Watercolor Butternut Squash Ravioli // Brown Butter Sage Sauce

DSC_1380Have you ever made ravioli from scratch?  This was my first time and what a success! My friend, Yaz, her two girls, and I were pretty ambitious last Saturday as we prepped for the "Sage & Sparkle Launch Celebration" the following day.  The main dish was a Butternut Squash Ravioli with a Brown Butter Sage Sauce, finished with a watercolor design, perfectly complementing the theme.

Making the pasta was by far much harder than expected (I have the bruises to prove it and a new found respect for Italian Women who make it look easy), but luckily I had my god daughter close by to help.

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After rolling the dough, it was time to add the filling, consisting of roasted butternut squash, milk, and an array of spices... saffron and nutmeg to name a few... you can add whatever suits your tastebuds.  Then we added the tops, closed them up, and started with the fun part. It was time to paint!

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We used a mix of liquid and gel food coloring... yellow and green to create the effect you see above.  We started by painting a wash of yellow over the raviolis then mixed in a wash of green with darker green streaks using the gel.

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While the raviolis turned out a little thick, they sure were delicious and so "Sage & Sparkle"!  When it came time to enjoy our creation, we topped the ravioli with a brown butter sage sauce and a side of arugula.  One word... perfection!

For a similar recipe, but made with store bought lasagna sheets for the pasta, check out this awesome video:  "Squash Ravioli: Brown Butter Sage Sauce (How to Make)" by KIN EATS.  I can honestly say I have watched it about 50 times, its just that cute!  Don't be surprised if you see something similar on "Sage & Sparkle" in the future... I'm totally inspired!

-XO

photo credit: pop! by Yaz / Sage & Sparkle