homemade sausage and harvest squash ravioli {Hillshire Farm}

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For me, fall flavors are rich and savory with hints of sweetness.  After a summer of light, crisp and citrus-laden meals, I welcome the seasonal fare change — hearty, herbaceous, belly and soul-filling meals.

Football is big in my home right now – go Vikings – yes there are Vikings fans in SoCal – and I pride myself on my Sunday meals. Often times, I’m cooking on Sundays for a pack of ravenous football fans, and it cannot be all grill.meals….

In the true spirit of October, I’m taking full advantage of the gorgeous pumpkins and squash available on every corner.  This past Sunday, I stepped out of my comfort zone and decided to make fresh, homemade pasta for the first time, stuffed with a harvest bounty.

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See, I’m on this try a new technique once a week kick.  Last week it was poaching eggs and preparing hollandaise – not so hard actually, just all about timing and attention.  So, why not jump into homemade pasta? *heavy swallow*

With confidence from nailing the poached egg, I decided to tackle fresh pasta, maybe stuffed, but where to go – ravioli? tortellini?

No lie, I bought this manual pasta maker this weekend and this is my first attempt.  I saw this quote the other day and I love it, and I think it applies here –

It’s not what you are that holds you back, it’s what you think you are not. 

That’s a quote by Denis Waitley, author of The Psychology of Winning.  Think you cannot master homemade pasta?  Think again and then stop thinking – just go for it!  My cheerleader past is taking over… let’s get to the recipe!

I tried a couple and Anne Burrell’s All-Purpose Pasta Dough recipe worked best for me.  Make a flour well (careful not to break the walls or liquid escapes quickly!!) and as soon as you find a cohesive texture, knead and then knead again.  Once a smooth texture emerges, wrap and rest for at least an hour.

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I knew I wanted a hearty protein in this Sunday football recipe, and sausage was the first that came to mind.  I headed to Vons (Safeway) and found Hillshire Farm Beef Rope Smoked Sausage, the perfect pairing for harvest squash.  This slow-cooked smoked sausage is made with natural spices, lending great flavor to these delicious raviolis.

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For the filling blend: a roasted pumpkin puree, roasted butternut squash puree, fresh chopped sage and Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage, chopped (think tartare).

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To create the raviolis, roll your fresh pasta dough through your pasta roller until it is as thin as you can get it.  Pasta puffs up as it cooks, so the thinner the better.

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Run an egg wash over the pasta sheet.  Place teaspoon-sized mounds 2 inches apart on your sheet of pasta, stopping halfway down.  Fold the sheet back over top and seal off your raviolis, making sure there are no air pockets.  Cut with a crimping tool or ravioli stamp.

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Time to cook the ravioli, drop them in a pot of boiling, salted water for 10-15 minutes. Do not overcrowd the pot, raviolis pop to the top when cooked.

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Top with a warm, thick bechamel (simple white) sauce spiked with nutmeg. I found my recipe at The Kitchn. Garnish with roasted pepitas from the pumpkins used for filling.

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Needless to say, the Sausage and Harvest Squash Raviolis were a hit among the man crowd in my home.  They do require a bit of effort but your efforts pay off triple-fold in super yummy, fall flavors.

Did I mention how cute my husband is? *gush*  P.S. I love you too… the PS stands for Palm Springs, our home.

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I saved a ton of time by using Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage. For more recipes on how to incorporate delicious Hillshire Farm products in your fall meals, head over to their website.

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  1. October 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm — Reply

    You are my “shero” for making your own ravioli!

  2. October 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm — Reply

    This looks HEAVENLY! I’m so hungry now!

  3. October 15, 2013 at 12:29 pm — Reply

    I received a pasta maker for Christmas 2 years ago. After seeing you go for it, I think it’s time to dust that puppy off and make something! Like maybe your sausage squash ravioli?

  4. October 15, 2013 at 1:12 pm — Reply

    Oh my word. You made homemade pasta – that is amazing! The recipe sounds delicious too!

  5. October 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm — Reply

    I’m telling you, it’s not that difficult!!!

  6. October 15, 2013 at 2:22 pm — Reply

    (I somehow screwed up the link to me above. Oops! But you know where to find me. lol)

  7. October 15, 2013 at 5:37 pm — Reply

    Those look amazing! Not sure I’d try homemade dough, but I’ll definitely try the filling with refrigerated pasta that I can get from my supermarket!

  8. October 15, 2013 at 6:29 pm — Reply

    I would love to make homemade dough like that! I mean, I’ve made it before, but never in one of those awesome contraptions!

  9. October 15, 2013 at 7:18 pm — Reply

    Wow, seriously….. this looks and sounds completely amazing!!! What a unique combination!

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  11. October 16, 2013 at 8:29 am — Reply

    How delicious! I’ve made my own pasta but never have done ravioli. You definitely made making ravioli look easy! :)

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