Saturday, August 25, 2007

Pumpkin, Sage, & Pecan Ravioli

Wow! I had fun making dinner tonight... even though I didn't get started until 8:00, and we didn't eat until 10:30. Ha! It's hard for me to start cooking when it's still sunny and lovely outside... and we spent the evening walking the dogs at the beach instead of getting an early start on my big dinner vision.

I made the "Pumpkin, Sage, & Pecan Ravioli" with "Red Chili Pasta" & "White Bean Garlic Sauce" & "Frizzled Leeks" - all from "Voluptuous Vegan." I am really loving this cookbook - consistently delicious recipes! Some are quick and others are more involved (like this). I actually had it for about 2 years and never used it - I thought it was too intimidating. Poor me for waiting so long! I like how the recipes are grouped into little menus... and you can make them all together, like I did tonight, or just pluck out the individual parts that look interesting. I've got my eye on a few more recipes in the book and hopefully I'll have a chance to make them soon. (including another ravioli recipe that sounds amazing).

These are the ravioli before I cooked them. Aren't they beautiful? I love that bright orange color.

This was only my second time making from-scratch ravioli. I don't have any special equipment (like a pasta machine or a ravioli tray) - so I made little triangles instead of proper ravioli. You'll see I also made a few rectangles, which were fun.

The pasta dough was easy to make, and has rehydrated red chilis and flour and silken tofu, and a little olive oil in it. Fun! I remembered from my previous experience that it's important to just keep rolling and rolling until the pasta is really thin - and it turned out great this time! We both loved this dinner, Musty ate a TON. That's certainly rewarding after working so hard. There's still more filling, and a bit more dough - so I'll make up the rest tomorrow and pop them in the freezer.

The frizzled leeks were roasted with a little bit of olive oil and salt until crispy - yumola! Also the garlic and white bean sauce was very delicious. I know there's not a lot of color variation here... but the raviolis are full of butternut squash... maybe that counts for something? :)

12 comments:

  1. Yum! raviolis, i miss to eat them, i must find a vegan recipe asap!

    the food looks great, what a great work you do in those raviolis!

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  2. I remember the first time I made ravioli. It was for my husband (then boyfriend) and I had no idea about the pasta-rolling thing. It took forever! But even though it is so much fun.

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  3. yum, those ravioli look wonderful. the color on them are so vibrant.

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  4. I too feel like I always need a lot of color variation but you know, I think in the end it all balances out. Your plate is so much healthier than the SAD plate so I wouldn't worry about it too much. I just saw a recipe similar to those raviolis on Eat Air that I really want to try. They had the great idea of stuffing store-bought shells instead of making raviolis (big time saver).

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  5. Wow, those raviolis look fantastic! That's the kind of dinner I could eat several servings of. I'll have to check out that cookbook!

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  6. yum. those look beautiful. i've wanted to give them a try, now i'm doubly motivated.

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  7. How lovely! I love that cookbook, but honestly, I have never even gone near the more complicated recipes, but looks like your hard work truly paid off. I might have to dive in...

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  8. oh my, these raviolis sound like the PERFECT entrée for Fall, with the fusion of pumpkin and sage. divine!

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  9. Wow, the TITLE had me hooked! That ravioli is beautiful, and seeing as it contains some of my all-time favorite ingredients... well, I might have to track down that recipe sometime. :) I always put off trying recipes that look too intimidating, only to find out that the endeavour would have been totally worthwhile all along.

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  10. Rebekah Youngers9:15 PM

    Wow, that looks AMAZING!! Quite a bit of work, but I'm sure it was worth it. My mouth is watering.

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  11. these raviolis are magnificence at its best! I haven't tried any recipes from Voluptuous Vegan yet, and I need to change that.

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  12. First time commenting here! You have a very nice blog! This meal sounds absolutely fantastic. :D

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