Pumpkin Ravioli with Browned Butter Sauce.

Yup. It’s true.  Pumpkins are good for something other than pie.  These pumpkin raviolis were actually made with a sweet squash because they’re usually more readily available.  P.S. Browned butter!!

Homemade ravioli with sage leaves on ironstone plate with linen napkin.

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You cannot see this, but at the moment I am wearing my favourite winter outfit.  14 pounds of moisturizing cream topped with a hat made out of humidifier.

It’s a look.

When winter rolls around and then sticks around and then overstays its welcome there’s only one way to deal with it.  Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize then EAT PUMPKIN RAVIOLI.

Don’t get the two mixed up, you don’t want to eat moisturizer unless you’ve tried absolutely everything else for your itchy pancreas.

So pumpkin ravioli. It’s a bit of a misnomer since people usually make it out of squash.  ‘Round these parts you can rustle up a squash easier than a pumpkin.  These parts are not in the American west by the way I’ve just randomly become a cowgirl. Which is a side effect of eating moisturizer, so again … don’t do that.

Roasted squash quarters on butcherblock countertop.

This isn’t one of those incredibly fast weeknight recipes.  This. Is. Not. That.

But if you prepare a few things in advance, they can be kept in the freezer for when the pumpkin ravioli mood strikes you.  You can make fresh pasta dough and freeze it to have on hand for instance. You can also make the filling and freeze that.  And if you want to be incredibly Martha about it you can make the ravioli entirely and then freeze those whole.

The first thing you need to do is pick out a good pumpkin or ravioli.


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Cast iron pan on stove with chunks of butter and chopped shallot.

 In a nut shell you’re going to roast a squash or pumpkin, make some pasta dough, mix a few things together, assemble the ravioli and you’re done.

Sauteeing butter and shallots in cast iron pan.

Butter and shallots get added to a pan to sauté while the pasta is resting and the squash/pumpkin is roasting.

Pureed squash with bay leave and cream being added in non stick pan.

Then all the filling ingredients get cooked a bit, thrown in the blender to whiz around a little, then back to the pan where you add some cream and simmer that sucker down until it’s thick.

Overhead shot of strips of homemade pasta with pumpkin ravioli filling dotting the centre.

It’s at this point that you can either go ahead and make entire raviolis, or freeze the pasta dough and the filling for use in the future.  ‘Course only crazy people get this far and don’t continue on to the actual ravioli making.


The one trick I use is to brush the entire strip of pasta dough with a beaten egg before adding the filling. It’s easier to do this than to add little bits of egg wash to the edges of the pasta after you’ve put the filling on.  Plus your chances of a perfect seal are WAY improved by brushing the entire pasta with egg.


2 strips of homemade ravioli on butcher block counter.

Try to work quickly because you want the egg to be nice and sticky so you get a good seal around the ravioli.

Pressing air out of filled ravioli with fingertips.

LISTEN UP!  You need to press all the air out of the ravioli before sealing it completely.  Just start pressing around the filling out towards the edges with your fingers, to push out any air.

Flour dusted homemade ravioli scattered on butcher block countertop.

Dust your counter with flour and sprinkle the assembled ravioli squares with flour too to keep everything from sticking while you continue on your ravioli making journey.

Homemade pumpkin ravioli on fork, with view of filling.


Around 7 of these will make a meal but you can also have fewer of them and serve the ravioli with a side of sausage.

Homemade pumpkin ravioli in ironstone bowl with fried sage leaves and drizzled with browned butter.

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4.34 from 6 votes

Pumpkin Ravioli with Browned Butter

This Pumpkin Ravioli can be made with squash too! Also don't be crazy, you don't HAVE to make your own pasta. Cut down on the prep time by using premade fresh pasta.
Prep Time2 hrs
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 666kcal
Author: Karen


  • 1 pie pumpkin about 2-1/4 pounds
  • 4 teaspoons shallot chopped
  • 1/3 cup butter cubed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 egg beaten


  • 3/4 cup butter salted
  • 24 sage leaves

Pasta Dough

  • 4 cups flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 TBSP olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 400 f.
  • Cut pumpkin or squash in half and lay flesh side down on a baking sheet.  Roast in oven until tender.  Remove from oven when done and scoop out flesh when it's cool enough to touch.
  • While the pumpkin/squash is cooking prepare your pasta dough if you're making it from scratch.
  • Sauté shallot in butter on low heat until tender. 
  • Add roasted pumpkin, sage, thyme, salt and pepper and stir until combined. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer everything to a food processor or blender and process until smooth. 
  • Return to the pan and stir in the cream and bay leaf. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. 
  • Reduce heat and simmer the filling, uncovered until it's thickened. This will take around 20 minutes.  Get rid of the bay leaf.  Chuck it.  Just throw it away.
  • Cut your prepared pasta dough into 2" wide strips.
  • Brush entire strip of pasta dough with beaten egg.
  • Drop 1 tsp. of filling onto centre of pasta, every 2".
  • Cover with another sheet of pasta and carefully press around each mound of filling pressing the air out to the edges of the dough.  Seal tightly by pressing the pasta together with your fingers. If you leave any space un sealed your filling will bleed out when you boil the ravioli. 
  • Cut strips of ravioli into squares with a knife, pizza wheel or fancy pasta cutter that will give a crimped looking edge.
  • Bring a large pot of water to the boil.  Boil ravioli for approximately 4 minutes, or until they float.


  • While the pasta is cooking, make the browned butter sauce by melting 3/4 cup of butter in a pan over low heat stirring constantly.
  • As soon as the butter starts to melt, add in the sage leaves.
  • Continue stirring. The butter will start to foam, then finally separate and brown.
  • Remove from heat as soon as the butter smells nutty and looks darkened. Transfer it to a dish immediately so it doesn't cook any further.
  • Serve ravioli with a few tablespoons of browned butter on top and around 1 sage leaf per ravioli.


If you taste your squash and it's kind of ... tasteless, add about 1/8th of a teaspoon of nutmeg and some brown sugar to taste until it has some oomph.


Can you freeze pumpkin ravioli? Yep.  Absolutely. Like I said, either freeze them whole after assembling or freeze the filling on its own and assemble the ravioli later.

Can you use Pumpkin Puree for pumpkin ravioli?  I don’t see why not.  You’ll lose a bit of the roasted flavour and it might take a bit longer to thicken up but it should work fine.

I hate sage. Can I make this pumpkin ravioli without sage?  Sure.  I mean, you’re a weirdo but sure.  I don’t really love sage either, but once you fry it in butter it tastes completely different.  Better.

What can I serve with Pumpkin Ravioli? I honestly like them on their own with a side salad, but you can serve them with a few slices of sausage.  The quickest, easiest way to cook sausage is to slice it into 1″ thick slices and pan fry it.  It cooks in no time and all of the sides get nice and crispy and browned.

I know the recipe looks a bit daunting, but it really isn’t hard at all.  It ain’t that hard. Any of it.

Yippee ki yay.

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  1. Paula says:

    Looks absolutely delicious and it doesn’t have to be super fast to make as it isn non- moisturizing season, nor gardening season, I have a wee bit of time on my hands.
    Incidentally I see you make the part that includes the flour on the wood countertop, wouldn’t it be easier on the cold slab of marble? Or is it strictly a photo op?

    • Karen says:

      Pasta dough likes warm surfaces (wood) and pastry dough should be worked on cold (marble). That’s why I chose those two particular surfaces for my kitchen. 🙂 ~ karen!

  2. bev-out-west says:

    Perfect winter pastime, pasta making! I’m going to try this with butternut squash.

  3. Diane says:

    I love the nutrition facts, those big numbers mean better flavor lol.

  4. Hazel says:

    So glad you put sage with your pumpkin ravioli- my absolute favourite combination , maybe apart from the squash and amaretti biscuit ravioli I once had…

  5. Alberta Karen says:

    73 grams of fat? Really?! And then eat it with sausage. Holy Crap!

    • Karen says:

      That seems wrong. I’ll check into it. Although really … you don’t need to worry about fat, especially animal fats. ~ karen!

  6. Teresa says:

    I have eaten someone else’s pumpkin ravioli before and it was fantastic. I am not sure that I would go to the trouble of making it though, as I am a lazy sloth in that department.

    That being said, I do have some fantastic Buttercup squash that is still ok and could be used. it is a very sweet squash. I have made the browned butter and fried sage with it before too.

    Will think on it.

    Great recipe.

    • lee says:

      I so admire ravioli makers….alas I am also too lazy. But if you peel and cube (like 1/2 or 1 inch) the sweetish squash and toss well with olive oil and salt. Roast on a baking sheet at like 375 til caramelized, browny edges. Toss with cooked pasta, butter (sage infused or not) salt, pepper and lots of parmesan (I use Parmigiano-Reggiano for the tang) cheese you will be really happy! Quick, easier than squash lasagna and ravioli but not as pretty. House of 2 vegetarians and 2-4 omnivores and we have this a few times a month. (Had 30 something squash/pumpkins left from garden AFTER sharing–had to find recipes we loved.)

      And Karen–we REALLY missed you. Glad the headache is over.

      • Hazel says:

        You could also make large ‘deconstructed ravioli’- make the pasta and the filling but cut the pasta into large squares and boil it and then serve with the stuffing heated separately and placed in between two pieces of pasta. All the taste without the faff of making the individual ravioli…

  7. ecoteri says:

    24 sage leaves? Exactly? what are the dimensions of said sage leaves? 2 inch or 4 inch? Can they be a bit winter browned or do we need to trim them? eek. Actually, I have been needing a food engaging event that will open my heart, this sounds awesome – what do you do with the trimmings (always, I wonder, what to do with the trimmings?),…. meanwhile, what if I pick 30 sage leaves – or only have 22?
    Glad to have you back. I missed your humour.
    and…. well, my sad news is that I lost a hen – she was in a dog-crate in the kitchen last night, and although her body was still there this morning, she was no longer present. sad. even with the new babies chirping in another room, sad sad day.

    • Ev Wilcox says:

      Sorry about your friend. Animal loss has it’s own kind of sorrow. Sounds like you are a good chicken mama, Like Karen.

    • Karen says:

      Sorry about your girl Ecoteri. It’s such a sad thing. 🙁 And yes 24 sage leaves. 🙂 One for each ravioli. If you only had 22 you’d be very very sad. ~ karen!

  8. Anakit says:

    Apparently pumpkin ravioli are a typical dish in Verona, Italy, where incidentally Juliet was from, so it would be a good idea for a Valentine’s menu. For those who have a man.

  9. Lohi Karhu says:

    No need to post this one… it’s for you 🙂

    You have really become quite the photographer! Really nice food shots, and, really, most all that you post looks ‘tasty’, visually!

    And, I have NO IDEA about the apparent angst over your blog format/style, as there seem to be enough of us who subscribe and like what you DO … its the “DO” part 😉 And, you write for humans, real people!

    • Karen says:

      It’s complicated to explain to anyone who isn’t in this Internet world, but without the help of Google, real people can’t find the site. Your blog needs to be optimized for Google so real people can find it basically. So if someone searches for Pumpkin Ravioli for instance, I want my site to be one of the ones that pops up in the Google results. That’s why optimization for Google is important. ~ karen!

      • Lohi Karhu says:

        Indeed…I guess that it’s important to increase traffic (and income), if one wants to succeed in freeing oneself from the bonds of employment servitude, thus, SEO becomes an important tool in your tool-set, just like a hammer and screwdrivers 😉

  10. Ev Wilcox says:

    Thanks Karen!

  11. Darlene E Meyers says:

    What? Red nail polish?

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  14. Christina Contri says:

    I know you just introduced the nutritional info, so maybe there’s still some bugs in it. Some of those numbers seem off. Specifically the fat and carbs. 73 grams of fat seems excessive, even for something bathed in a butter sauce and 3 grams of carbs can’t possibly be correct for homemade pasta with a sweet squash filling. My hubs & kid would never eat this, so I won’t be making it, but I wanted to make sure the info was accurate for those who need it.

  15. Sabina says:

    Been making homemade ravioli since I was a pup with my mama. She’ll be 92 at the end of this month and she still makes them by hand every Christmas and Easter! My brother used to make pumpkin and lobster ravioli in a former life as a married man/restaurant owner, good stuff!

    Mom’s dough is a little different, she’d tell you you have too many eggs and that makes the dough tougher. She also never taught me to squish all the air out, instead she poked a hole in the top to let the air escape when boiling. I’m gonna try it your way when I make these…maybe Sunday 🙂

  16. Audrey says:

    Think it’s a error …… the last line before the first frying pan picture reads: The first thing you need to do is pick out a good pumpkin or ravioli — think you meant squash.
    See I do read everything you write.

  17. Nicole says:

    First recipe blog I actually read through. Usually I’m singing to myself. ‘Blah, blah, blah.’ as I quickly scroll down to the recipe to read it, which is far more interesting then the ‘blah, blah’ I just flashed through…usually. BUT not yours, dear Karen, not yours!! Just happened to have pureed pumpkin in the frig….off to the store for pasta!

    Also, thanks for the wood vs marble tip! Needed an excuse to completely redo the kitchen.

  18. Heather says:

    This looks delicious, and I will definitely give it a go. Love your new recipe format. Good job! Did you the cold stones to get rid of the itch?

  19. Melissa Krouse says:

    Although I had previously sworn off pumpkin dishes of any kind (long story) it looks delish. Have you been working on your photography skills as well cause your food shots look amazing. Was trying to watch one of your videos on the side bar….couldn’t enlarge it…. Am I doing something wrong?? I am a complete ludite after all.

    • Karen says:

      Funny story. I’ve never tried to enlarge those videos on the sidebar, lol. I’ll look into it. They all come from posts I’ve done in the past so if there’s one you desperately want to see bigger then just type the topic into the search bar. ~ karen!

  20. Suzie O says:

    My Husband went rogue during the last grocery shop and bought a pumpkin which I figured would feature as a soup sometime during the week. Well, soup schmoop! I’m going to wow him some fancy pants ravioli! Perfect timing. Cheers Karen!

  21. Melody says:

    You know what I like about you, Karen? Your posts are grammatically correct (and you are funny)!

  22. shannon says:

    I just gotta say, I am loving the Instastories. Easily the highlight of my Instagram viewing. You always provide a good laugh (I especially love the one where you checked in just to say “hey guys”). And who doesn’t need a good laugh? You get how to do this without taking yourself or the medium too seriously. Please keep it up. 🙂

  23. Ruth Vallejos says:

    In November of 1989, I was traveling through N. Italy using the town of Modena (where the balsamic vinegar comes from) as a base, staying with relatives. The night before I left, it was Thanksgiving, and as we went out for dinner, the only thing remotely thanksgiving-ish was (you guessed it) ravioli con zucca. Just wonderful. When I came home, I had no pasta machine so I used won-ton wrappers. It’s the pumpkin and sage that are magic. Lovely combo.

  24. Beth says:

    Excellent timing (on both our parts)! I was just thinking about (finally) roasting up the sugar pumpkin I’ve had on my counter all winter and turning it into ravioli and you’ve saved me the effort of finding a recipe. You’re awesome.

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