Ravioli with Browned Butter and Sage
Fresh ravioli tossed in a browned butter sauce with crispy sage and toasted walnuts. A bowl of rich, creamy comfort food!
This is one of my favorite Italian dishes of all time. It takes less than 15 minutes to make and it is layered with flavor and always impresses the guests.
I will never forget the first time I tried ravioli tossed in a browned butter sauce. My mind was blown. I was so accustomed to red marinara sauce or creamy alfredo so this was so unique in the best kind of way. I loved it so much that we went back to the exact same restaurant the next night just to get that ravioli with sage and browned butter again. If you know me well, I love variety so that was a big deal for me!
Whenever I find fresh ravioli the store with unique fillings, I can always count on being able to pair it with a simple browned butter sauce. Since it is pumpkin season, I found the most delectable pumpkin filled ravioli at Trader Joe’s. It was downright heavenly and my Dad even asked for 3 servings! The pumpkin ravioli paired perfectly with the browned butter, crispy sage, and toasted walnuts.
This Ravioli with Browned Butter and Sage can be made with any fresh ravioli. You can use cheese ravioli, butternut squash ravioli, mushroom ravioli, pumpkin ravioli, or any of your favorite kinds.
The beauty of this Browned Butter Ravioli is that fresh pasta takes so little time to cook. This fresh pumpkin ravioli takes 2 1/2 minutes to cook. It is a piece of cake to brown the butter. You add it to a hot skillet, let it melt, start to foam up, and become a rich golden color. Then you add fresh sage leaves and walnuts to allow them to crisp up in the browned butter. Once that is done, toss the freshly cooked ravioli with the sauce and dinner is done!
This is the perfect Fall comfort food dish and I want it on repeat at my house over and over again. It is that good.
How to make Browned Butter Ravioli with Sage and Toasted Walnuts:
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Generously salt the water. Cook fresh ravioli according to package instructions. Once it is cooked, drain the cooking liquid and set aside. I always reach for my favorite flavor of fresh ravioli in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.
- While the pasta water is heating up, start by heating skillet over medium heat. Add butter and let it melt and begin to foam. As it starts to become a light golden color, add fresh sage leaves and walnuts. Toss to coat and let sage turn crispy, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Toss the freshly cooked pasta in the browned butter sage sauce. Serve immediately. May top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.
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Ravioli with Browned Butter and Sage Fresh ravioli tossed in a browned butter sauce with crispy sage and toasted walnuts. A bowl of rich, creamy comfort food!
- (2) 9-ounce pkgs. Fresh Ravioli (flavor of choice such as pumpkin, butternut squash, cheese, etc)
- 6 Tablespoons Salted Butter (may use up to 8 Tablespoons if you prefer more sauce)
- 2-3 Tablespoons Fresh Sage Leaves (roughly chopped)
- 1/2 cup Walnuts (roughly chopped)
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)
Heat large pot of water over high heat. Add a generous amount of salt. Once the water is boiling, add ravioli and cook according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
While cooking ravioli, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently and swirling the pot to ensure even cooking. After several minutes, the butter will begin to foam. Add the sage leaves and walnuts and continue to stir and swirl the skillet. When the butter is a light golden brown color and nutty in aroma and the sage is crispy, remove from heat.
Toss cooked ravioli in with the sauce. Salt to taste. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese, if preferred. +
*I used Trader Joe's pumpkin ravioli in this dish. Butternut squash ravioli works beautifully as well.