Witch Hat Pumpkin Ravioli

The past couple of days have been rough. I’ve been in curled up in bed with all the goodie pre-symptoms the common cold has to offer: sinus pressure, sneezing and I’ll spare you the phlegmy details. Today will be a short post since I’ve only got a couple of hours to prepare myself for the army of trick-or-treaters screaming for obscene amounts of sugary sweets. It’s my first Halloween in this neighborhood so we’ll see how it goes.

In the meantime, I couldn’t pass up celebrating Halloween on my blog either. It seems like everywhere I click there are amazingly ghoulish culinary masterpieces on display. Keeping with the whole Mediterranean theme of my blog, I decided to go with an Italian inspired dish. The pretty pumpkin you see below was one of the many gifts I got while I was at the Beekman and it was perfect for what I had in mind. So without further ado, I present to you my Black Witch Hat Pumpkin Ravioli.

The recipe will come soon (depending on my cold and how many kids come pounding at my door).

mise en place
a hint of nutmeg
halloween nonna-style
rolling the dough
Italian assembly line
ravioli workflow
Witch Hat Ravioli
Witch Hat Ravioli
Pumpkin Filled Squid Ink Ravioli
Pumpkin Filled Squid Ink Ravioli

UPDATE (11/1/2008)

There weren’t as many trick-or-treaters last night as I had expected, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. I tended to my cold by drinking plenty warm chai and cozily reading in bed. Now I’m on my way out the door, but wanted to post the recipe for the ravioli before I left.

I also want to submit this entry to Jeanne from Cook Sister for this round of Waiter, There’s Something In My… Jeanne is calling for all bloggers to show their gourd love this season. I hope you all had a happy and safe Halloween! Ciao!

Witch Hat Pumpkin Ravioli

 makes approx 50 ravioli


  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 small pumpkin
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • pinch of cloves
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 4 oz ricotta cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • squid ink (or black food coloring)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • egg wash, 1 egg and a little milk

Putting them all together

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cut the pumpkin in half and clean out the cavity of the pumpkin. Cut side down, bake both pumpkin halves until they are tender and you can poke your knife with very little resistance (approx. 45 minutes).
  3. Make the pasta dough by creating a well with the flour and slowly incorporating the eggs and squid ink to form a dough.
  4. Knead the dough for 5-7 minutes, cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until ready to use.
  5. Once the pumpkin has finished cooking, scoop out the flesh and process in the food processor along with the goat cheese and spices. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.
  6. In the same sheet tray, spread pumpkin mixture and return to the oven for another 15-20 minutes so that the excess liquid in the pumpkin puree is allowed to evaporate.
  7. Refrigerate the mixture until cooled and ready to use.
  8. Using a pasta machine, roll out your dough into long sheets and scoop 1/2 tsp of the chilled filling in 1 inch intervals, giving you room to seal the edges. (see photo)
  9. Brush a little egg wash around the edges of the filling and cover with another sheet of pasta. Seal the ravioli sheets carefully, making sure no air bubbles get trapped inside.
  10. Boil the ravioli for 5-6 minutes, or until pasta is al dente.
  11. For the sauce, melt the butter and sage in a small saute pan. Brown the butter carefully, making sure it does not burn.
  12. Toss the ravioli in the sauce and enjoy!

note: If you can’t find squid ink or don’t particularly care for it, you can substitute it for black food coloring. If you don’t want or don’t have time to make your own ravioli, store bough butternut squash ravioli work great with this sauce and are perfect for any autumn dinner.



37 thoughts on “Witch Hat Pumpkin Ravioli

  1. How could I not have thought of combining black ravioli with pumpkin before? That is totally inspired! Very seasonal, but still elegant 🙂
    Do get well soon!

  2. Hope you are feeling better! That ravioli looks so striking…aside from delicious 🙂 So perfect for the season!

  3. Tony, this is freakin’ awesome…Halloween colours with food that pairs well.

    A simple brown butter safe sauce here?

  4. Love the witch hat ravioli Tony! I was impressed to see you actually made your own pasta, which gets you mad props in my book. Witch pasta even 🙂 Hope your halloween was fun, and you combated your sickness away

  5. Antonio,
    I have subscribed to your RSS and absolutely adore yr blog. Love the pickies and the ingredient explanations in them. PLease keep up the good work.
    Where do u get black squid ink?

  6. These are easily the coolest Halloween treat I’ve seen posted around the web. Three cheers for creativity!

    Hey, I’ve passed on an award to you – if you’re into that thing. Check out my post on Chai Cookies for details.


  7. Love the creativity, such a great color contrast. Any other good way to die them black besides squid ink? I feel like that’s not a very common ingredient…

  8. Ciao Antonio!
    Molto bello il tuo blog con questo mix di cucina mediterranea e poi fai delle bellissime fotografie!! Perfetti questi ravioli, io uso la salvia secca per profumare il burro, ha un profumo incredibile 🙂

  9. Hola Antonio que gusto me da que visitaras mi blog-cito (je je le tengo mucho cariño) tu blog esta bellísimo y con muy buenas recetas y fotos, me encanta. Yo también soy Venezolana con padre extranjero, en mi caso: Italiano, te digo que estos raviolis me fascinan lucen espectaculares. Mas adelante cuando tenga tiempo te añado a mi lista de blogs favoritos porque ahora ando en el “corre corre” de Navidad. Prepara unas arepitas bien ricas para que recuerdes el sabor de tu tierra bella 🙂

  10. A beautiful treat, Tony! Nice and ghoulish for Halloween, to be sure, but presented differently, it could be striking and elegant for a grown-up autumn dinner party. Just found your site thanks to Scraping the Skillet. I will be back.

  11. This is phenomenal! I love the idea! I’m not sure where to get squid ink near me but I’ll definitely have to keep this in mind for next Halloween!

  12. Oh Tony, that’s the most original thing I’ve ever seen somebody do with pasta!! I *love* them 🙂 Thanks for a fabulous entry for WTSIM and hope to see you back again next month. I’m thrilled to have discovered your blog 🙂

  13. Thanks for all the wonderful comments everyone! I’m feeling a lot better now and will hopefully get back to blogging soon.
    As for the squid ink… I got mine while I was in Venice last winter, but I’m sure there are many online stores that sell them as well. A google search for squid ink led me to a few online stores that you should check out if you’re interested. Make sure to use the ink sparingly because it can acquire a really fishy stench if you add too much of it (I speak from experience). If you want to avoid all that, you’re better off using regular black food coloring from the store.

    Peter, it is indeed a safe brown butter sauce. I infused it with sage, which paired well with the pumpkin in the ravioli – you just can’t go wrong with butter 🙂

    Welcome Zlamushka! Thanks for stopping by!

    Micha, your award came just in time as I was getting over my cold – it made my day, thanks 🙂

    Nick, black food coloring would work great here. No need for the squid ink, it’s just something I had laying around from a previous trip in Italy.

    Grazie Chiara!!

    Gracias Faery! Ya me preparé unas cuantas arepitas el otro día y fueron exactamente lo q necesitaba 🙂

    Welcome Terry! These would be great for a grown-up dinner party.

  14. I’m particularly fond of squash and goat cheese with pasta but usually toss them with penne or spaghettini. Your ravioli look beautiful!!

    I have heard of squid ink pasta but never tried it. I see that you caution against using too much because of the fishy smell. Does the pasta also end up having a fishy taste?

  15. what an amazing recipe. really beautiful. i can’t think of a better way for one of our pumpkins to die.

  16. These are really cute! I can’t wait to see what my daughter thinks of them at Halloween when I tell her they are witch hat ravioli.. They definitely play and fit the part. Yumm.

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