Cheese Ravioli (With Hidden Veggies Too)

READY IN: 1hr 15mins




  • Roast 2 small acorn squash at 350 degrees farenheit for 45 mins or until tender. Allow to cool to room temperature or until cool enough to handle.
  • Meanwhile, chop/dice the yellow and red peppers, as well as the mushrooms and onion. Preheat a large skillet, add the olive oil and saute diced veg until tender.
  • Add the diced tomatoes to a blender and blend until smooth then add blended tomatoes as well as tomato paste to the sauteing vegetables. Add the italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper, then taste and adjust seasoning accordingly. Add balsamic vinegar then taste again and adjust as needed. Cover and let simmer over low heat.
  • Finely chop spinach and add to a medium bowl. Mix in 2 eggs, ricotta cheese, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In medium bowl add 2 1/2 cups flour and mashed squash (or 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin), mix until it starts to pull together, then turn out onto floured work surface and knead in enough of the remaining flour to make dough stiff but plyable. You want to be able to roll this thin without being too wet to where your hands will go through it, but you don't want it to be too dry to where it is going to crumble apart either.
  • Divide dough in half and roll into 2 equal sized rectangles. Fold one of the rectangles of dough loosely in half then in half again and set aside. On the remaining rectangle of dough, drop filling by teaspoonfuls about an inch apart.
  • Make an eggwash by beating one egg in a small bowl. Use a pastry brush to brush egg into visible surface of dough (in between each pile of filling and around the outside edges). Unfold second rectangle of dough and place directly on top of the first one being careful not to drag it across the filling piles. Smooth out any air bubbles and gently press seams between each pile of filling. Cut ravioli apart and use a fork to pinch edges together to seal.
  • Drop one at a time into gently boiling water being careful not to drop directly on top of each other to prevent sticking. When they start to float (which won't be long), simmer another 1-2 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon. Cook in 2-3 batches if necessary.
  • Serve sauce over ravioli and enjoy with freshly grated parmesan.