Butternut Squash Ravioli with Hazelnut Sauce Recipe

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Do you ever have a meal at a restaurant that you love so much that you just have to try to recreate it home? That happened to me when my husband and I split a plate of butternut squash ravioli at One-Twenty-Six, one of my favorite local restaurants. And I had plenty of home-grown butternut squash from my garden to experiment with.

The ravioli filling I came up with rivaled the creamy texture and earthy flavors of the original. I encased the filling in sheets of delicate homemade pasta made from an authentic Tuscan recipe I brought home from Italy. The end result was a restaurant-quality dish at a fraction of the cost.

Butternut squash ravioli with hazelnut sauce makes a great meatless entrée or first course. Pair it with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc for a nice contrast to the buttery dish.

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Hazelnut Sauce
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Hazelnut Sauce | Source

Pasta

To make homemade pasta dough, use very fine (00 grade) flour for best results. For every 2 servings of pasta, use 3/4 cup flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon olive oil, and one egg.

Combine the flour and salt on a clean, flat work surface. Shape the flour into a mound and make a well in the center. Add the eggs to the well and beat with a fork to combine. Add the olive oil to the beaten eggs. Slowly incorporate the flour into the well beginning with the flour from the inside wall of the well and working outward until a sticky ball forms.

Knead the ball of dough until it becomes elastic and smooth, about 10 minutes. Brush the surface of the dough with additional olive oil, wrap in plastic wrap, and let rest for 30 minutes.

To make homemade pasta dough, begin by making a well in a mound of flour and add eggs.
To make homemade pasta dough, begin by making a well in a mound of flour and add eggs. | Source
Roasted butternut squash
Roasted butternut squash | Source

Filling

  • 1 small butternut squash, halved and seeded
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/2 whole nutmeg, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Rub the flesh of the butternut squash with olive oil and place, cut side down, on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes. Let cool, then scoop pulp from skin with a spoon and discard skin.
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat together squash, mascarpone cheese, Parmesan-Reggiano cheese, nutmeg, and salt until thoroughly combined.


To make the ravioli:

Roll the dough through a pasta machine three times, then fold over and roll through three more times. Carefully place the pasta sheet on a well-floured surface to prevent sticking. Spoon the butternut squash filling onto one long half of the sheet at intervals, one teaspoon at a time. Fold the other side of the sheet over the filling so the two long edges of the sheet meet with the filling in the middle. Cut the pasta into individual raviolis and seal by brushing the seams with a little water.

Cook the ravioli in boiling salted water for seven minutes. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and drain.

Cook's note: Fresh wonton wrappers (found in the refrigerator section of the supermarket) may be substituted for homemade pasta dough. Place one teaspoon of filling in the center of a wonton wrapper and fold the wrapper on the diagonal so one corner meets to opposite corner to form a triangle. Seal the edges by moistening with a little water and cook as directed.

Making the ravioli
Making the ravioli | Source

The finished dish

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To make the sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 8 fresh sage leaves
  1. While the pasta is cooking, melt butter in a pan over low heat. (Use one tablespoon of butter per serving.) Add chopped hazelnuts and fresh sage leaves to the melted butter and continue to cook over low heat until the hazelnuts begin to brown and the sage leaves become slightly crispy.
  2. Before serving, toss the ravioli with the sage butter and top with freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese.

Makes 4 servings.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Shhh, don't tell anyone, but I don't like vegetables. I do, however, like you, so I'm here for support. Well done; the pictures look great! :)


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Haha, Bill. Thanks! Maybe this will be the recipe to convince you to eat your veggies.


kelleyward 4 years ago

Love this yummy looking recipe. Amazing pics gave it 5 stars and shared! Kelley


Arlene V. Poma 4 years ago

Butternut Squash Ravioli seems to be a very popular brewery dish. I was introduced to this particular ravioli at Sierra Nevada last year, and this spring at Bear Republic. Now, whenever I see it on any menu, I'm ordering! My dad was a straight-up carnivore, but this ravioli is a wonderful way to ease into eating vegetables. So rich! Looking forward to trying your hazelnut sauce, too. Amazing combo, Deb!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Sounds delicious. Voting this up and sharing!!


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States

Spectacular butternut squash ravioli recipe. Looks delish. Nice touch adding the instructions for home made pasta. There's nothing worse than eating delicious ravioli ingredients encased in bland pasta.


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sadie423 4 years ago from North Carolina

Sounds yummy! Can't wait to try it!


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LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

This is my kind of flavor combo! I love pasta, anything with squash, sage and nuts! I will definitely be trying this! Thanks for developing and sharing it.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Wow. I published this and had to leave right away for a meeting and was so happy to see all these comments when I got home! Thanks for the comments, votes, ratings, and shares. I think it would make an especially great autumn meal with all the earthy flavors from the squash, sage and hazelnuts. I hope some of you do try it. If so, please stop back and let me know what you think.

Jason, you are so right about the homemade pasta. I did include the no fuss, wonton wrapper alternative because it is helpful in a pinch when you don't have time to make pasta (or like the time we tried to make pasta at a friend's house recently and couldn't find the crank to the pasta machine!).

Arlene, I bet this dish would go great with a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale!


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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California

I can see you're a fan of butternut squash...a second recipe! Me too, by the way. Raviolis are by far my favorite type of pasta. I've never even attempted to make my own...need to buy a pasta roller. Your recipe looks yummy and do-able for me. Thanks for sharing!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Turtlewoman. If you like pasta, you definitely should try to make your own sometime. It's fun to do for a small dinner party; everyone can get involved. Although the kitchen does get a bit messy!


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anglnwu 4 years ago

This looks fabulous. Must taste like a slice of heaven. Thanks for sharing.


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vwriter 4 years ago from US

This looks absolutely yummy. I believe I'll try making it with the wonton wrappers, since I don't have a pasta machine.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, anginwu. It is pretty heavenly, now that you mention it.

Vwriter, the wonton wrapper method is a pretty good alternative, but maybe you should put a pasta machine on your wish list. Thanks for the comment.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Sounds delicious. Passing this on.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, GRL!


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

This ravioli looks like it would simply melt in your mouth. I am definitely going to have to try and make this sometime - can't wait to taste the results.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, ktrapp! Let me know how it works out for you. I appreciate the comment.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Deb, I have never made my own pasta and this is the only part of this recipe which scares me - other than that, I will give this a try in the summer when I'm finished work and will have the time to make it properly; the first photo convinced me that I need to try it - it looks delicious and seems pretty healthy too.

Voted up and shared.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Jools! Don't be too intimidated by the homemade pasta. Round up a couple of friends to help and it will be fun.


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theclevercat 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Ohh my gosh!!! Pinned this one and am drooling at my keyboard. Beautifully illustrated, and on my way to buy squash and wonton wrappers (someday I'll try making my own pasta too).


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thank you, Clever Cat! I hope you enjoy the recipe. Please let me know what you think.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas

This does look and sound scrumptious! I really like good meatless recipes, and interesting ways to cook and serve vegetables. Have you ever frozen this dish and thawed/reheated it later? If so, how did it work out?

Homemade pasta is the best!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Au fait. As a matter of fact, I did freeze the leftover raviolis, uncooked, and let them thaw before cooking in the boiling water. It worked out pretty well. They still tasted great, but some of them fell apart in the water. I'm wondering if I should have thrown them into the boiling water still frozen for better results.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Meatless dishes are nice to have every once in a while - sometimes I just like a dish without beef or any other meat. You outline the recipe well Deb, would you mind sending me over a dish? :)


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

You know, I have cooked all my life, but I never made homemade noodles! I think I have just been intimidated by the difficulty I thought in making them. I don't have a machine to roll them out.

This really does look delicious, though.

I gave it 5 stars, UP, and will share.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I meant to say I've never made homemade ravioli, but you knew that, didn't you?


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Christy and Mary. Christy, I'd love to send a plate of ravioli your way. And, Mary, of course! Thanks for the comments and shares. : )


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Hi Deborah, I think I would try it...if someone ELSE were making it besides ME! Ha, Ha! I will certainly look for it on the Menu next time...you do make it sounds Good, and the pictures look Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

I understand completely, b. Malin. I've seen a variation of this recipe at a few restaurants now, so maybe you will find it on a menu soon. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

the recipe sounds fantastic but i doubt i can make one as good as this. all my votes/


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, unknown spy. You never know unless you try!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

yumm...yumm...yummm!!

what better way to start my monday morning :)

will give it a try, deborah!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Ruchira. Please do give it a try and let me know what you think!


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Angela Kane 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Thanks for the recipe, I like squash and ravioli and I am always looking for new ways and recipes involving both ingredients.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Angela. I hope you enjoy the dish!


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey

This looks great and sounds delicious. I have tried my hand at homemade pasta, but have not gotten a knack for it yet. However, your directions are easy to follow and pictures informative.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Stephanie. Making homemade pasta is fun, especially when you get your dinner guests involved. But it does tend to trash the kitchen. Flour everywhere!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

This looks really good and I have a huge squash that needs cooking, so I think I will try it. I don't have a pasta maker, so if I roll it really fine would that work out okay?

Thanks for the recipe.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

That should be fine, but maybe a little bit of work. One way to cheat is to use a package of square wonton wrappers, if you can find them at the grocery store. Use two wrappers per ravioli. Put the filling in the middle of one, put another on top, and seal the edges with a bit of water. Tastes just like pasta.


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Mmm this is a fantastic recipe! I am saving this one to try! :)


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Veronica. Let me know how it turns out for you.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Yummy Deb. Sharing!


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ignugent17 4 years ago

I love squash and this looks so good. ! :-)


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StephSev108 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Sounds delicious. I'll have to try it out. Thank you.


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Jools. thanks for sharing. Ignugent and Steph, thanks for stopping by. It's a great recipe and well worth the extra effort that homemade pasta requires. Enjoy!


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

I particularly don't like squash, but never had it with mascarpone cheese. Maybe I should give this a try; it definitely looks and sounds good. Thanks for sharing, Deb!


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DeborahNeyens 4 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks for your comment and for your willingness to give it a try, Keith. Butternut squash is a lot sweeter than other squash, like summer squash, and its sweet, earthiness is enhanced by the mascarpone. I bet you'd like it. And, as a soup lover, you may even like my butternut squash soup recipe. It has curry and ginger in it for more of an Asian flavor.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Deborah,

We just finished eating a butternut squash. Used it as a vegetable for several meals. I really like the sound of this recipe! We don't own a pasta machine, but I see that they are not that expensive to purchase. May have to add that kitchen gadget to our assortment. Nice to know that the wontons can be used in place of the homemade pasta. Voted up, useful and will share. Also gave it another 5 stars. You sound like a great cook!!!


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

I love butternut squash, so this recipe looks delicious!


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kitkat1141 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This looks pretty time consuming, but the result looks fantastic. I can practically smell it through the pictures! If I feel inspired, I will give this a try. It would be a good valentine dinner recipe.


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Peggy. Truthfully, we don't use our pasta machine all that often although it is nice to have around. The wonton wrappers do work well in a pinch. Thanks for the 5 star rating!


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, kitkat. If you don't want to spend all the time making the pasta, the wonton wrappers are a good substitute. And I agree, it would be a great dish for a Valentine's Day dinner!


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Deborah-Diane. Do give it a try and let me know what you think!


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keepyouinstitches 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

This looks delicious! I will need to make this for my hubby soon.


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks. It isn't the easiest thing to whip up (homemade pasta never is) but it's worth it!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Happy Birthday Deb! I hope you are enjoying your special weekend! Happy Easter also! :)


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks for the good wishes, Linda. I had a nice birthday and Easter. I hope you had a great Easter, too.


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torrilynn 3 years ago

@Deborah thanks for this awesome recipe. i never knew that you could combine all of these ingredients to make something absolutely amazing! looks great. Voted up.


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks for the thoughtful comment, Torrilynn. I hope you give my recipe a try.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Such a great recipe that I have come back to pin this article to my 'Main Course Recipes' board. Will also share with my followers.


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Zubair Ahmed 3 years ago

Excellent hub, thank you for sharing. I tried something similar in a restaurant once very tasty. Going to have to try cooking it myself.


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa Author

Thank you for pinning and sharing, Au Fait. I'm so glad you liked it!


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DeborahNeyens 3 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks for reading and commenting, Zubair. If you do try the recipe, please stop back to let me know what you thought of it.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

Oh my goodness, this sounds fabulous! I had some delicious butternut squash raviolis in a restaurant in California and afterward, a friend and I made some homemade raviolis in her kitchen. I would love to have another go at it, and I plan to use your recipe next time. I've heard wonton wrappers can be used in a pinch. I may try that next time I'm in a hurry. Thank you for sharing! Now my mouth is watering. : )


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

My mother made homemade noodles when I was a child and I loved them. I've never tried to make any but I will now. Love butternut squash. Thank you for all the work you put into this awesome hub!


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Looks so tasty! Worth the trouble to make it, I'll bet.


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, vespawoolf. The wonton wrapper work well in a pinch, but they certainly don't beat the real thing! I hope you give my recipe a go.


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, vocalcoach. Give it a try. Making homemade noodles is like playing with food. : )


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa Author

Absolutely, rebeccamealey. It's actually pretty fun to make pasta.


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HappyMikeWritter 2 years ago

Ahh you made me soo hungry :-) It looks soo yummy and easy :-) I will try this recipe and I am sure its gonna taste faaaabulous :-)


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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina

This looks so awesomely delicious! I'll add it to my veggie collection. Thanks for sharing. UP/U/ Interesting and Awesome


ElleBee 2 years ago

Love butternut squash and love hazelnuts. Totally saving this for a fall recipe when butternut is in season :)


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Great delicious recipe, voted up.


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mike, Denise, ElleBee and Vellur. The squash bugs got the butternut squash in my garden last year before I did so I'm hoping I have better luck this year. This is such a great recipe to make!


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

For the first time I'm getting exited about preparing Butternut after reading your post. Voted up!


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Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

Butternut is really the only squash I like and I love hazelnut. I use hazelnuts in a lot of baking, drink hazelnut flavored coffee, you name it. I will definitely try this. :)


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa Author

Thanks for reading and commenting, Nadine and Paula. Have you had the chance to try the recipe yet?


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AudreyHowitt 22 months ago from California

Oh yum!!


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vocalcoach 22 months ago from Nashville Tn.

I'm back to report that I've been using this delicious recipe of yours and just love it. A big favorite for dinner. Your photos are great! Sharing again Deborah. Thanks.


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rebeccamealey 22 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Oh, I'll be this is really good. I love butternut squash, anyway! I'd love to try this.


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CatherineGiordano 22 months ago from Orlando Florida

This looks wonderful. I'll buy the ravioli ready-made. it won't be as good, but I'm too busy writing to make my own. Then I will use your sauce recipe on it. tomato sauce just doesn't go with pumpkin ravioli.


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CatherineGiordano 22 months ago from Orlando Florida

Tomato sauce doesn't go with butternut squash ravioli either. I like butternut squash and pumpkin ravioli and your recipe reminded me of pumpkin ravioli. I think pumpkin could be substituted for the butternut squash in your recipe.


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DeborahNeyens 22 months ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, AudreyHowitt.

Vocalcoach (Audrey), that makes me so happy to hear. Thank you!

Rebeccamealey, please do give it a try and report back to let me know what you think.

Catherine, an alternative to buying ready-made ravioli is to make the butternut filling and use fresh wonton wrappers instead of dough. Saves a ton of time and is still pretty good. And absolutely pumpkin would work instead of butternut. Even canned pumpkin, to save even more time. Thanks for the suggestion.


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teaches12345 22 months ago

The photos make my mouth water! Butternut is my favorite squash and your recipe will provide a great way to enjoy it more.


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DeborahNeyens 20 months ago from Iowa Author

Thanks, Dianna. We have had trouble growing butternut squash the last few years, but I am going to try again this year.


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Kristen Howe 17 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Deb, this looks delicious, yummy and easy to make. I would love to make this later this year. Voted up for awesome recipe!

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