Pumpkin Alfredo with Butternut Squash Ravioli
Pumpkin Alfredo with Butternut Squash Ravioli is the epitome of fall flavors in one dish! Topped with goat cheese, dried cranberries, and toasted nuts for a simple dish that tastes just like a gourmet meal. Have it on the table in less than 30 minutes an easy weeknight dinner everyone will enjoy!
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Pumpkin Alfredo With Butternut Squash Ravioli
My obsession with this pumpkin alfredo recipe all started when I was having dinner at this little tucked-away restaurant outside of Columbia, MO in Rocheport.
This place is one of the most quaint restaurants I’ve ever been to and is full of charm. If you’re ever in the area I highly suggest checking it out, because you’ll never experience anything like it anywhere else. Their menu changes all the time and is only written on a big dry erase board.
While browsing the options I noticed they had a featured pumpkin alfredo pasta that sounded amazing and I just went for it. Well, let me tell you, as soon as the first bite hit my mouth I was in heaven and I knew I needed to recreate this recipe. It was the perfect mix of savory and slightly sweet, with just enough cinnamon to get you into the feelings of fall.
A Savory Pumpkin Dish, Why??
I was once a firm believer that pumpkin was meant for sweet recipes and sweet recipes only. The idea of savory pumpkin made me cringe just a little. Let me tell you now though, as someone who has moved to the other side. I never knew what I was missing with savory pumpkin dishes, and there is no going back now.
The pumpkin flavor brings all of my favorite cozy fall flavors into a delectable pasta dish, that’s to die for! I knew with recreating a recipe like this, it needed to be perfect, creating a finished dish everyone will crave.
We made about 4 different versions of this sauce, with a lot of trial and error before coming up with the final result, and it’s almost identical to what I had at that restaurant, so if you can’t make it to the middle of Missouri anytime soon, no need to fret, I have the recipe for a little taste of Abigail’s right here!
Tips For A Restaurant Quality Pasta Sauce
Choose the Right Oil: I love cooking with Spectrum Organic Extra Virgin Mediterranean Olive Oil because not only is it a better for you oil option, but it’s also sourced from hand-selected olives grown along the southern shore of the Mediterranean. The infusion lends a delicate flavor and peppery finish which pairs perfectly with the sage in this dish.
Infuse Sauce with Fresh Sage: Heat the Spectrum Organic Extra Virgin Mediterranean Olive Oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. When the olive oil is hot, reduce to medium heat and add fresh sage leaves. Fry just until oil stops bubbling around leaves, 10 to 15 seconds (try not to let them brown), then remove carefully with tongs and set aside to drain paper towels.
Add Your Remaining Ingredients: After infusing the sage you can start adding your other ingredients. Place the butter in the pan and melt over medium heat. Then add minced garlic and saute it start to turn yellowish.
Techniques To Avoid an Alfredo Disaster
Once you’ve got things all finished up with the sage, butter, and garlic it’s time to really get into the thick of things. When making a homemade pasta sauce it can be easy to come out with a finished product that’s either way too runny or way too thick. Just follow these few steps to a T and you’ll be smooth sailing all the way to a perfect pumpkin alfredo.
Add a little flour and whisk until smooth. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking frequently, for 3–5 minutes, or until bubbly and fragrant.
Next, add some half and half and 1 cup of chicken broth. Whisk until combined and add pumpkin, Parmesan, minced parsley, minced sage, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice. Simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally.
Thin sauce with more chicken broth as needed.
You now have the most delicious pumpkin alfredo sauce!!
How To Serve Pumpkin Alfredo
Boil some refrigerated butternut squash ravioli (from Trader Joe’s) and gently fold into the sauce. If you can’t find butternut squash ravioli, cheese ravioli would be delicious with pumpkin alfredo sauce.
When serving, add toppings and a drizzle of Spectrum Organic Extra Virgin Mediterranean Olive Oil. This is arguably the most important part of the recipe, for me. You wouldn’t think a few extra topping sprinkles would have that much effect, but they do!
The tanginess of the cheese, paired with the tart cranberries, and toasty nuts make the perfect combination to really take this recipe to the next level. If you’re thinking about leaving some of these off to save time or think they just sound weird, just give it one try! Worst case scenario you don’t like them and just scrape it off, but I have a feeling you’re going to love the flavors as much as I do!
More Fall Dinner Recipes To Get You Through the Season
Pumpkin Chili is extra hearty with a delicious sweetness and earthy undertone that takes chili to a whole new level of good. The perfect way to knock off the chill and satisfy hungry bellies.
Slow Cooker Beef Tip Sandwiches your perfect weekend or dinner crockpot recipe. I’m confident you’re going to love these Slow Cooker Roast Beef Dip Sandwiches! Serve with a side salad and you’re done!
Creamy Chicken Pot Pie is always a winner at our house. Dinner doesn’t get any easier than this, with ready-made pie crust and rotisserie chicken. This homestyle chicken pot pie recipe is super simple and perfect for a weeknight meal.
Hearty Chicken Pumpkin Soup This easy pumpkin soup is made with chicken, pumpkin puree, chicken stock, and fresh vegetables Cream and cheese are stirred in at the end for added richness. The perfect fall soup!
Southwest Black Bean Stuffed Butternut Squash is a meatless dinner idea that doesn’t leave you hungry. Not only is this meal colorful and delicious, but also full of beans to add protein so even the biggest carnivores won’t miss the meat.
Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese My favorite way to enjoy pumpkin is in a savory version, like this Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese. And boy did I enjoy this one. Could not stop eating it!!!
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- 2 (9-oz.) packages refrigerated butternut squash ravioli (I get this at Trader Joe's)
- 2 tablespoons Spectrum® brand Organic Extra Virgin Mediterranean Olive Oil (+ extra for drizzle)
- 6-8 fresh sage leaves
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1 cup half and half
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
- salt and pepper to taste (start with 1/4 teaspoon of each and taste to see if you need more)
- 1/4 cup each; crumbled goat cheese, dried cranberries, toasted pine nuts and pecans for topping
- Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, reduce to medium heat and add sage leaves. Fry just until oil stops bubbling around leaves, 10 to 15 seconds (try not to let them brown), then remove carefully with tongs and set aside to drain paper towels.
- Add butter to the pan and melt over medium heat. Then add garlic and saute it start to turn yellowish. Add flour and whisk until smooth. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking frequently, for 3–5 minutes, or until bubbly and fragrant.
- Next, add half and half and 1 cup of chicken broth. Whisk until combined and add pumpkin, Parmesan, minced parsley, minced sage, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice. Simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes stirring occasionally. Use the remaining cup of chicken broth to thin sauce as needed (I ended up using all of the remaining cup, by adding a little at a time).
- While sauce is simmering cook ravioli according to package directions.
- Drain ravioli and gently stir into sauce.
- Plate and top each serving with a drizzle of olive oil, crumbled goat cheese, dried cranberries, and nuts. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 461Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 1121mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 3gSugar: 13gProtein: 18g
Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used.
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