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!



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?!


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.


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.


About five minutes later, the bottoms were golden brown.


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


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.


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. :)


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.


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


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…


Assemble and DINE!


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


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


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


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


The perfect bite!


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!


What was your last “splurge”?