When the days get shorter and the air starts to carry a chill, food should get cozier and more filling.
Italians know a thing or two about comfort food, and Eataly is passionate about sharing Italian tradition with hungry customers around the world. Both a restaurant, marketplace and an educational center, the company was founded in Italy and has since brought the nation's flavors to locations all across the globe. You can find Eataly in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Sweden and, of course, all across the Italian country.
To further prove its passion for sharing these traditions, Eataly’s executive chef of North America, Fitz Tallon, shares the company’s fan-favorite recipe for squash ravioli with brown butter and sage sauce (aka Ravioli di Zucca con Burro & Salvia) with you!
“We love Ravioli Di Zucca, because it is the true announcement that fall is here,” Tallon says. “Any hearty squash can be used as a substitute, including my personal favorite—red kuri—which is excellent roasted or stewed thanks to its delicate and mellow chestnut-like flavors. Though of course, butternut squash is the easiest to find, and its nutty-sweet taste is ideal for this dish. If you don't want your filling to be overly sweet, you can leave out the amaretti cookies and sprinkle them on top of the finished dish for whoever craves it!”
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Tallon recommends pairing this rich dish with a salad of winter chicories such as endives, treviso or a leafy member of the radicchio family. Top that with olive oil, sea salt and your favorite vinegar to toss the perfect side salad.
Oh, he also says “don’t forget the wine!”
“There is no better match than Gavi di Gavi from Fontanafredda to sip alongside the Ravioli Di Zucca dish,” says Matthew Orawski, senior beverage manager for Eataly North America. “Made from Cortese grapes grown in the Piemonte region of Italy, this wine carries notes of white flowers, vanilla and green apples, which accentuate the savory herbs of the dish; while the full-bodied texture matches that of the butter and squash.”
This recipe requires a few steps, but it’s worth the extra effort to make your own ravioli dough. Fresh is the traditional way, after all. Do not skip the step of letting your dough rest. That takes 30 minutes on its own, so make this dish when a celebration is in order—or when you’ve got some extra time.
The fresh dough recipe yields six servings, and the recipe for the ravioli filling and sauce will feed four to satisfaction.
Fresh Egg Pasta Dough
Fresh Egg Pasta Dough
Be sure to visit Eataly at one of its many locations across the U.S. and the world, and check Eataly online for more delicious recipes and information.
Photography by: Courtesy of Eataly