Fall Flavors: Pumpkin and Sage Ravioli – A Delicious Italian Delight

Oct 16, 2023 | Main Courses

Pumpkin and Sage Ravioli Recipe – A Culinary Delight

Pumpkin and Sage Ravioli Recipe – A Culinary Delight

Pumpkin and Sage Ravioli

A Taste of Autumn

There’s a certain magic in the air as the leaves change color and a cool breeze whispers through the trees. It’s the time of year when we start craving cozy comfort foods that warm our souls. One dish that never fails to capture the essence of fall is Pumpkin and Sage Ravioli. This recipe has a special place in my heart, as it reminds me of the first time I tasted it during a visit to a small Italian town nestled in the rolling hills of Tuscany.

Tuscan Town

An Italian Tradition

The story behind this classic Italian dish is steeped in history. Legend has it that pumpkin and sage ravioli were first created by a skilled Tuscan chef during the Renaissance period. The chef sought to combine the vibrant flavors of autumn produce with delicate pasta pockets, resulting in a dish that would stand the test of time.

The rich orange color of the pumpkin filling, paired with the earthy aroma of sage-infused sauce, creates a harmony on the plate that is as pleasing to the eyes as it is to the taste buds. This harmonious combination of flavors and textures has made Pumpkin and Sage Ravioli a beloved favorite in Italian cuisine.


The Recipe


  • For the Pasta Dough:
  • • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • • 2 large eggs
  • • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • For the Filling:
  • • 1 cup roasted pumpkin puree
  • • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For the Sage Butter Sauce:
  • • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • • 10-12 fresh sage leaves
  • • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • • Salt and pepper to taste


Making the Pasta Dough:

Your journey to delicious homemade ravioli begins with the perfect pasta dough. Follow these steps:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.
  2. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture and crack the eggs into it.
  3. Using a fork, gradually incorporate the flour into the eggs until a shaggy dough forms.
  4. Transfer the dough onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest for at least 30 minutes to allow the gluten to relax.

Making the Pumpkin Filling:

The velvety pumpkin filling is the heart of this recipe. Here’s how to prepare it:

  1. In a bowl, combine the roasted pumpkin puree, grated Parmesan cheese, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Mix well until you achieve a smooth consistency.
  2. Set the filling aside while you roll out the pasta dough.

Assembling the Ravioli:

Now comes the fun part! Let’s bring the ravioli to life:

  1. Divide the rested pasta dough into four equal portions.
  2. Working with one portion at a time, roll it out using a pasta roller or a rolling pin until it’s about 1/16-inch thick.
  3. Place tablespoons of the pumpkin filling, evenly spaced, on one half of the rolled-out dough.
  4. Fold the other half of the dough over the filling, gently pressing around the mounds of filling to remove any air pockets and seal the edges.
  5. Using a fluted pastry wheel or a ravioli cutter, cut the ravioli into individual pieces.
  6. Repeat the process with the remaining portions of dough and filling.

Making the Sage Butter Sauce:

The finishing touch to elevate your Pumpkin and Sage Ravioli to new heights is the sage butter sauce:

  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the fresh sage leaves and cook until they become crispy, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Remove the sage leaves and set them aside.
  4. Continue cooking the butter until it develops a golden brown color and a nutty aroma.
  5. Turn off the heat and add the grated Parmesan cheese, stirring until it melts into the sauce.
  6. Season the sauce with salt and pepper to taste.

Serving and Enjoying:

Now that your Pumpkin and Sage Ravioli are ready, it’s time to savor the flavors of autumn:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the ravioli for about 3-4 minutes, or until they float to the top.
  2. Using a slotted spoon, remove the ravioli from the water and transfer them directly into the sage butter sauce.
  3. Gently toss the ravioli in the sauce until they are well coated.
  4. Plate the ravioli and garnish with the crispy sage leaves.
  5. Feel free to sprinkle some extra Parmesan cheese and cracked black pepper on top.

Indulge in the creamy pumpkin filling, the fragrance of sage-infused butter, and the delicate pillow of freshly made pasta. Each bite will transport you to the picturesque Tuscan countryside and remind you of the beauty of autumn.

Enjoy this Pumpkin and Sage Ravioli recipe with a glass of crisp white wine and the company of loved ones. Buon appetito!

Recipe Variations:

If you’re feeling adventurous, here are a few ways to put your own spin on this classic recipe:

  • Try substituting butternut squash or sweet potato for the pumpkin filling for a slightly different flavor profile.
  • Add a sprinkle of toasted pine nuts or crispy bacon on top for some extra crunch.
  • Experiment with different herbs like rosemary or thyme to infuse additional flavors into the sage butter sauce.

Nutritional Facts:

Nutrient Amount per Serving
Calories 300
Total Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 85mg
Sodium 390mg
Total Carbohydrate 35g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 8g

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