Try this easy and delicious Filipino Kalabasa Ravioli recipe made of wonton wrappers with sweet and savory squash filling. It’s a healthy and light pasta dish, perfect with sesame oil and parmesan cheese toppings!
What is Filipino Kalabasa Ravioli?
This Kalabasa Ravioli is a Filipino version of the butternut squash ravioli recipe that is perfect for fall parties, family lunches, dinners, or any gatherings. Ravioli are Italian dumplings usually filled with vegetables, ricotta, cheese, and meat. The filling is then placed between the two thin layers of egg pasta dough and served with a delicious tomato- or cream-based pasta sauce. Ravioli is an Italian word that means “little turnips.” The filling varies depending on where they are prepared. The filling is made with ricotta cheese, spinach, nutmeg, and black pepper in Rome and Latium. Ravioli are filled with ricotta and grated lemon rind in Sardinia. It is traditionally made at home, but machines are also used to mass-produce ravioli today.
In this version, I used roasted kalabasa, tofu, and sweet onions with seasonings, then blended them with garlic and cheddar cheese to make a tasty squash filling. I also used wonton wrappers to seal the squash fillings before boiling them to perfection. Drizzling sesame oil and grated Parmesan cheese on top make them even more delicious. This easy kalabasa ravioli recipe is one of the healthier dishes that you can make for your family. Give this a try, and please let me know how it goes with you in the comment section below.
Health Benefits of Kalabasa:
- Aids in digestion.
- Helps improve eye health.
- Enhances hair and skin health.
- Helps with cancer prevention.
- Reduces the risk of depression.
- Rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Tips and Procedures:
- Homemade pastry dough can be used, instead of store-bought wonton papers, if you have more time to prepare.
- Cook the ravioli just before serving. The kabocha squash ravioli tastes best when it is freshly made.
- Do not throw the leftover squash filling away. It can be used as a sauce for your favorite pasta shape or as a dip.
- You may serve this ravioli with sage butter sauce, spinach salad, garlic bread, or any side dish you like.
- Feel free to use a homemade or canned butternut squash puree for the filling. You can use ricotta cheese, pecorino romano cheese, or nutmeg too for the cheese alternatives.
- Storage: The ravioli should be assembled, laid out on a flat surface (a baking sheet works great), and frozen. When the ravioli is completely frozen, store it in an airtight container and freeze it for up to three months. The ravioli can be cooked directly from frozen, taking about 2 minutes in boiling water to reach al dente.
- For the leftover cooked kalabasa ravioli, you may place them in an airtight container and then into the fridge that can last for up to 3-4 days.
How to Make Filipino Kalabasa Ravioli:
Listed below are all the ingredients you will need:
- sweet onions
- soft tofu
- vegetable oil
- oyster mushroom sauce
- ground white pepper
- cheddar cheese
- Wonton wrappers
- sesame oil
- parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
Place the squash, sweet onions, and tofu in a roasting pan lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with vegetable oil, and oyster mushroom sauce, and season with salt and ground white pepper:
Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, then remove from the oven and transfer to a food processor or blender. (If using a blender, use a towel in place of the plastic center piece of the blender cover.) Add the sliced garlic clove and grated cheese and blend until smooth; transfer to a piping bag; set aside:
Line out 6 wonton wrappers on a clean surface, then pipe the kalabasa filling into the wonton wrappers. Top each with the remaining wonton wrappers and seal it by brushing the edges with water and gently pressing the air out; set aside:
In a saucepan, add water and bring it to a boil, then drop the ravioli and cook for a few minutes until it floats on top or until the wrapper is tender. Transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle with the sesame oil and top with grated parmesan cheese:
Serve immediately and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions:
You can serve it with garlic bread, salads, or perfectly roasted vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, turnips, broccoli, and more.
Ravioli goes well with delicious tomato- or cream-based pasta sauces such as bolognese sauce, carbonara sauce, garlic pasta sauce, cheese sauce, and sage butter sauce.
You may add olive oil, Italian herbs, or black pepper to keep them simple yet delicious.
Filipino Kalabasa Ravioli
- 1 cup diced squash
- ½ cup diced sweet onions
- ¼ cup soft tofu finely diced
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon oyster mushroom sauce
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1 clove garlic sliced
- 2 tablespoons grated cheddar cheese
- 12 wonton wrappers
- 4 cups water
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place the squash, sweet onions, and tofu in a roasting pan lined with parchment paper.
- Drizzle with vegetable oil, oyster mushroom sauce, and season with salt and ground white pepper.
- Roast in the oven for 20 minutes then remove from the oven and transfer to a food processor or blender. (If using a blender use a towel in place of the plastic center piece of the blender cover.)
- Add the sliced garlic clove and grated cheese and blend until smooth and transfer to piping bag; set aside.
- Line out 6 wonton wrappers on a clean surface, then pipe the kalabasa filling into the wonton wrappers.
- Top each with the remaining wonton wrappers and seal it by brushing the edges with water and gently pressing the air out; set aside.
- In a saucepan add water and bring water to a boil, then drop the ravioli and cook for a few minutes until it floats on top or until the wrapper is tender.
- Transfer to a serving bowl and drizzle with the sesame oil and top with grated parmesan cheese.
- Serve immediately.
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