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Butternut Squash Ravioli
Makes 5 servings (approximately 6 pieces per serving)
1c butternut squash, cooked and mashed
1 tsp olive oil
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp salt
½ tsp ground black pepper
1/2c mascarpone cheese
1 egg yolk
1/3c parmesan cheese, shredded
1 package (approximately 12oz or 30sheets) wonton wrappers
3 tablespoons soft margarine
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/8c slivered almonds (optional)
1/8c parmesan cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 400F and line baking sheet with foil paper. Cut butternut squash longitudinally and remove seeds. Using the olive oil, lightly brush the inside of the squash and place squash cut side down. Bake in the preheated oven until tender (approximately 45-50minutes). Once baked, carefully remove the skin with the fork, mash the squash, and measure out 1c.
Place the 1c mashed squash into a large bowl and add cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Mix well. To the mixture, add mascarpone cheese, egg yolk and 1/3c parmesan cheese. Mix until consistency is smooth.
Place wonton wrapper on a clean surface. Wet the tip of your finger with water and moisten the outer edge of the wrapper. Place about 2tsp of the squash mixture in the centre of the wonton. Fold the wonton in half and press the edges with a fork to seal. Repeat with the remaining wonton wrappers.
Bring salted water to a boil in saucepan. Drop 4 filled wontons into the saucepan and allow them to cook for approximately 2minutes. Remove cooked wonton (i.e. ravioli) and set aside. Repeat with remaining filled wontons.
Place a skillet over low-medium heat and add 1 tbsp margarine and 1 tsp minced garlic. Place 1/3 of the cooked raviolis into the skillet and cook until infused with garlic (approximately 1-2 minutes). Set cooked ravioli aside and repeat with the remaining raviolis. Sprinkle with slivered almonds, 1/8c parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Serve with a green salad and enjoy!
Nutritional facts (per serving – approximately 6 pieces):
Energy: 410kcal Protein:13g Fat:20g Carbohydrate:44g Fibre:3g