May 28, 2015
I was introduced to The Ravioli Company by my friend Missy Casselli who told me of a wonderful pasta place on Platt Street. Being greeted with a warm homemade knot roll (which they still sell today 15 years later), I knew I found home.
My good friends Dwight and Lauren Otis own The Ravioli and they put out great homemade ravioli, fresh pastas and sauces. There is love in every single bite. If you are in a pinch and need something for dinner – there is no faster – no more tasty meal, than pasta from the Ravioli Company. You can always depend on their food – and a wonderful smile – their chocolate chip cookies aren’t bad either.
You will love this dish I created from one of their pastas. Please do let me know of your experience making this ravioli dish.
- 1 pound butternut squash from the Ravioli Company
- 1 stick salted butter
- 6 fresh sage leaves
- 15 hazelnuts (I get mine from The Fresh Market)
- Fresh cracked pepper
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese
In a 350 degree oven – toast hazelnuts on a sheet pan until toasted – about 10 to 15 minutes. Let cool. Place cooled hazelnuts in a kitchen towel and rub until the skins come off. Coarsely chop.
Over medium high heat in a small saucepan, melt salted butter with 4 sage leaves (that have been pulled apart in 3 pieces), until the butter begins to brown. You’ll see brown specs occur. You must watch the butter after it is melted to keep it from over-browning. It can over brown quickly so when it begins to brown, take it off the stove – it will continue to brown. Taste to make sure this is the flavor you desire…and not burnt. It should have a very rich brown buttery flavor.
In a medium size stock pot, bring 2 quarts water to a rapid boil. Toss in the entire one pound bag of The Ravioli Company ravioli into the boiling water…stir a couple of times to make sure it does not stick. When the ravioli comes to the top (this takes less than 5 minute), drain and place 6 to 7 raviolis on a plate or nice bowl.
Serve with a big salad, a slice of hearty rustic Italian bread from Pane Rustica (perfect for dipping into the brown butter), and whatever wine you enjoy. Finish your meal with a hearty scoop of strawberry gelato and hazelnut biscotti – and you’ll have a great meal in 10 to 15 minutes.
Say hello to my friends Dwight and Lauren Otis – owners…and check out their website for all their other pasta offerings.
The Ravioli Company
3414 South Manhattan
Tampa, Florida 33629