FOOD COMA ALERT! Actually – ravioli, butter and bacon food coma alert!

I’m all for eating healthful meals whenever I can, but sometimes you’ve got to throw the rule book out of the window, people! This is exactly what I did tonight when I made…

Pan Fried Butternut Squash Ravioli with Walnut Butter Sauce and Bacon!

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OMG!

Ok calm… :) Fun fact: one my favorite meals to eat and make, is homemade ravioli made with wonton wrappers. It’s so much easier than making pasta dough from scratch, has a great chewy texture and plus, who doesn’t like to say they made their own ravioli?!

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Knowing full well that I better take advantage of squash season while it lasts, this past Sunday I made a batch of Butternut Squash Ravioli using wonton wrappers as my “dough”. After they were all assembled, I froze them on sheet pans in the freezer and stored them in a freezer bag.

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Tonight, I heated up a big skillet with ~1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat and when it was hot, I placed my frozen raviolis into the pan.

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About five minutes later, the bottoms were golden brown.

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At this point, add ~1/3 cup of water into the pan and put a lid on it. 

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After a minute or two, remove the lid and allow the rest of the water to evaporate and the bottoms of the ravioli to crisp back up.

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Give the pan a gentle shake to make sure none of the ravioli are sticking. If they are, just use a rubber spatula to get them sliding again. :)

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Once the bottoms have had a chance to crisp back up (~1.5 – 2 minutes after you take the lid off) take the pan off the heat.

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On the burner next door, melt 4 tablespoons of butter with 2 tablespoons of chopped walnut pieces over medium-low heat.

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As the butter heats up, it will get foamy and crackly. Let the butter and walnut pieces cook until the butter has reached a golden brown color – ~3-4 minutes. Watch carefully and stir every so often as to not burn the butter or walnuts. Once your butter is ready and you’ve cooked and crumbled a piece of bacon…

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Assemble and DINE!

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Seeeeeriously you guys – I don’t think you understand how indescribably fantastic this dish is!!

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You’ve got the chewy wonton wrappers, creamy butternut squash, nutty browned butter, toasty walnuts and salty bacon. I repeat – OMG!

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Every ingredient in this dish is so tasty on its own, and when you combine them all together it is to.die.for. good.

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Here’s the inside…creamy, roasted butternut squash filling with just a hint of cinnamon.

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The perfect bite!

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I am melting like the butter that was drizzled over my ravioli and and am SO content right now! :)

So glad that rule book got tossed tonight. Like I always say – it’s all about the 80/20 rule. 80% clean, healthy eating and 20% sanity keeping splurges. SO WORTH IT!!!

Full recipe & how-to coming tomorrow!

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What was your last “splurge”?