5 Butternut Squash “Ravioli” With Grilled Cranberries & Brown Butter

Savory Pumpkin & Squash Recipe Challenge Recipe #5

This is the first of two submissions by contributor Chef Judd Servidio, a local private chef here in Austin who shares his mojo on his blog here. His other contribution can be found here.

Butternut Squash “Ravioli” With Grilled Cranberries & Brown ButterRavioli3

The Ravioli


  • Butternut squash juice 409 g
  • Agar 11g  ( could use 10g or even 9g)
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 250 g butternut diced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • 1 tsp graham masala
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3oz mascarpone
  • 1oz shredded Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup squash seeds roasted
  • 1 1/2 cup of grilled cranberries add 1 tbsp of sugar after they are grilled
  • 1/2 stick butter ( for brown butter)
  • 1/4 cup toasted breadcrumbs
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • Micro basil leaves
  • Shaved manchego cheese
  • Fluer de sel
  • Snipped chives


Mix squash juice, salt, and agar together.  Bring to a boil stirring constantly, and cook for about 4 minutes.   Season with salt and sugar.  Pour on the sheet pan in a very thin layer and chill completely.  This will leave you a firm sheet of butternut squash which is thickened by the agar agar and the starch from the squash.

For the filling, in a medium saute pan on medium-high heat. Add butter, oil, and shallot.  Sauté for a few minutes then add squash, a pinch of salt, and masala.  Add water, cover and cook for 15 minutes or until done.  Try to evaporate all the liquid.  Once the liquid is completely gone cool to room temperature.  Then place into a food processor and purée with mascarpone and Parmesan cheese.  Season with salt and pepper if needed.    Refrigerate to help set the mix.  The mix will be a little firm from the cheese as it cools.

Take the sheet pan of butternut squash gel (agar agar) and take a ravioli cutter and make ravioli shapes.  Then take the filling and place a little dollop of the mixture into the middle of the “ravioli”.  Place another layer on top to finish the “ravioli”.   If you taste it right now it won’t be something that great but just wait until you heat it up.

Take scraps and combine with water and puree in vita mix to make a gel. Season and place into a squirt bottle until ready to plate.

To serve, bake the “raviolis” in 350 oven for 2 to 3 minutes.  You can torch tops with hand blow torch to help with the top layer warming through. You want to warm this through without completely melting the ravioli.  The result you are looking to achieve is warm all the way through and you want to get the “ravioli” right at the point where it still holds the shape but when you put it into your mouth it will have little texture and will literally melt in your mouth.  What you are left with is the pure butternut squash flavor (starch).  It truly is melt in your mouth.  There is an extremely fine line between overheated, under-heated, and perfect so you might have to play with a little of the scrapes to see what I mean. Makes 14 raviolis.

Butternut gel


  • 3/4 scraps of the butternut squash
  • 1/3 cup of water


Toss cranberries with a tbsp of olive oil and season with salt.  Grill them for 2 to 3 minutes to char and soften them a bit.  Once they are grilled add a tbsp of sugar to them to help macerate them and sweeten them up a little.

Take the seeds from the butternut and clean them well.  Then roast them in an oven at 375 with a pinch of salt.  Roast for about 20 minutes until nice and toasted.  Reserve for later

Take a really hot saute pan and add butter to make the Brown butter.  Watch the butter turn light brown but not burnt.  You might have to remove the pan away from the heat.  In the last minute add the garlic, cranberries, and season with salt and pepper

To Plate

Add three raviolis with three squirts of squash gel next to it.

Add Brown butter around and on top.  Place the cranberries on the gel with micro basil leaves. Add Fleur de sel on top of raviolis along with Shaved manchego, seasoned bread crumbs, snipped chives and black pepper.

Serve immediately and be amazed at the textures and flavors.

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