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Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Ravioli Recipe

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A simple 15 minute recipe, this Trader Joe’s Butternut squash ravioli has an easy, homemade, creamy and cheesy sauce. It’s a quick weeknight dinner, made with just 4 ingredients, that tastes like a gourmet meal!

Trader Joe's Butternut Squash Ravioli served on a white plate

Ok, I know what you’re thinking – Butternut Squash Ravioli in 15 minutes?? Impossible. Well, technically, it’s not totally from scratch.

Recently, I found the most AMAZING fresh ravioli at Trader Joe’s that only takes 4 minutes to cook! When you pair it a quick and easy sauce you have a gourmet dinner in 15 minutes with only 4 ingredients!!

Awesome, right? It is totally delicious. This Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Ravioli is certainly one of the best pre-made raviolis I’ve ever had!

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It’s the perfect simple dinner to make when you’ve had a long day and need something that doesn’t require a ton of time, ingredients, or attention to detail.

It’s so easy to make, it’s quicker than ordering take-out. Just pair it with a simple side salad and you’ve got a complete meal!

This recipe is super versatile too. If you don’t have butternut squash ravioli, no problem! This olive oil sauce will work with just about any ravioli or pasta you have on hand.

This sauce for butternut squash ravioli without sage, is so simple that anyone can make it! In fact, it’s a great recipe to delegate to one of your older children to make on a weeknight. For those that don’t love the flavor of sage, this butternut squash ravioli sauce has no sage. However, if you feel like adding in some more flavor and herbs, feel free to chop and mix in a touch of sauce into the creamy sauce.

Hope you enjoy this quick and easy dish!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe…

  • Only 4 ingredients
  • Takes 15 minutes to prepare start to finish
  • A simple weeknight meal that tastes gourmet
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Vegetarian
  • High in Protein

Do I Have to Use Trader Joe’s Ravioli?

No, you do not have to use butternut squash ravioli from Trader Joe’s. You are welcome to make your own homemade butternut squash ravioli, or any store bought pre-made butternut squash or pumpkin ravioli.

How to Make Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Ravioli

Recipe Ingredients and Notes

recipe ingredients

Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Ravioli or Traingoli: This ravioli is found in the refrigerated section at Trader Joe’s. If you do not have a Trader Joe’s nearby, you can use a frozen butternut squash ravioli for this recipe, or any other pre-made butternut squash ravioli.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: To make the sauce you’ll need a bit of extra virgin olive oil for this low-fat sauce for butternut squash ravioli. You can reduce the amount recommended in the recipe to decrease the amount of fat and calories if you prefer.

Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese: You must use freshly grated Parmesan cheese. The kind that you buy to sprinkle over your pasta will not do! It will not melt and create a light and creamy sauce, so be sure to buy the freshly grated sort, or buy a chunk or Parmesan and grate it yourself. I promise you’ll love the flavor and texture so much more!

Black Pepper: I think this pasta pairs nicely with a touch of freshly ground black pepper. It balances out the creaminess of the sauce.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Cook the ravioli according to package directions, about 4 minutes in boiling water. Drain and cool. Set aside.

cooked ravioli

Step 2: In the same pot that you cooked the ravioli in, heat two tablespoons of olive oil and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese over low heat until the cheese is melted in the olive oil. Stir frequently until the cheese is melted and combined with the olive oil (you don’t want the cheese to become crispy or hardened!) Alternatively, you can toss the ravioli with the olive oil mixed with 1-2 tbsp of reserved pasta cooking water, and then just top with parmesan cheese.

parmesan cheese and oil in a pan

Step 3: Return the cooked ravioli to the pot and toss in the sauce. Serve and top with 1 tbsp of Parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Trader Joe's Butternut Squash Ravioli served on a white plate

Recipe FAQs

Can I use frozen butternut squash ravioli?

Yes you can use frozen butternut squash ravioli for this recipe. Depending on the season, Trader Joe’s may not carry their version, so opting for a frozen or other packaged option will work well too!

How do you make a good sauce for butternut squash ravioli?

For this recipe: I combine the parmesan cheese with the olive oil on low heat, to create a creamy cheesy sauce. This sauce would also work well with pumpkin ravioli or as an alternative to butter on buttered pasta. You could also make a very simple brown butter sauce by melting butter and sage in a pan until the butter is slightly brown, and then tossing with the ravioli.

Is this butternut squash ravioli kid friendly?

Yes! It’s totally kid friendly! Plus your kiddos will get an extra dose of veggies without even realizing it! The pasta is soft, the inside is warm and savory, and the cheesy cream sauce reminds my kids of mac and cheese!

What flavors go well with butternut squash?

If you want to give this dish a bit more pizazz, feel free to add some additional herbs or spices to the sauce. Some spices that pair nicely with butternut squash include warm spices such as cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ginger. My favorite herbs to pair with butternut squash include sage, rosemary, and thyme.

What is the best way to eat butternut squash?

Looking for more ways to enjoy butternut squash? I love simply roasting butternut squash in a bit of olive oil with my favorite spices and herbs. Another great way to enjoy it is pureed in soup! Or place in your favorite curries, and stir-fries. There are endless ways to enjoy fresh butternut squash!

Serving Suggestions

I recommend serving this butternut squash ravioli with a light side salad, roasted root vegetables, or steamed green vegetables. The pasta is filling and rich, so some fresh greens are a nice compliment, and helps make it a full meal. You can also add a side of crusty whole grain bread to soak up any leftover sauce!

This recipe would also be delicious with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkle of sea salt on top (in addition to the pepper and parmesan cheese).

If you’d like to amp up the protein content of this meal, serve a side of this Vegan Wellington with Lentils, or this Vegan Lentil Loaf along with the ravioli.

Trader Joe's Butternut Squash Ravioli served on a white plate

How to Store and Keep

I doubt you’ll have leftovers, because this recipe is SO good, but if you do, simply transfer the ravioli to an airtight glass container. Place in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When ready to reheat, warm in the microwave for 30-45 seconds, covered.

Variations and Substitutions

No Trader Joe’s? You may use any pre-made butternut squash ravioli. You may also substitute with a different ravioli of choice such as pumpkin, cheese, or spinach.

No Parmesan Cheese? Feel free to use another Italian cheese. Grated pecorino, blue cheese, or gorgonzola would also work well in this recipe.

More spices and herbs? Feel free to add your favorite spices such as sage, rosemary, and thyme. Cinnamon is another nice addition to butternut squash that you can add to the creamy cheese sauce.

Top Tips

  • Use a large saucepan to boil the water for the ravioli. You don’t want to overcrowd them in the pot, so give them enough space.
  • Make sure water is boiling before adding the ravioli to the pot.
  • When the ravioli floats to the top of the water it’s ready to be drained.
  • When melting the cheese with the olive oil, keep the heat on low-medium. You don’t want the cheese to burn and crisp. Keeping the heat low will allow the cheese to gently melt into the olive oil to create a creamy sauce.

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Trader Joe's Butternut Squash Ravioli served on a white plate
Trader Joe's Butternut Squash Ravioli served on a white plate
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Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Ravioli with Parmesan Cheese

A simple 15 minute recipe, this Trader Joe's Butternut squash ravioli has a simple, homemade, creamy and cheesy sauce. It's a quick weeknight dinner that tastes like a gourmet meal!
Prep Time4 mins
Cook Time11 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 3
Calories: 402kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1 package Trader Joe's Butternut Squash Triangoli
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper or to taste

Instructions

  • Cook the ravioli according to package directions. About 4 minutes in boiling water. Drain and cool.
  • In the same pot that you cooked the ravioli in, heat two tablespoons of olive oil and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese over low heat until the cheese is melted in the olive oil. Stir frequently until the cheese is melted and combined with the olive oil (you don't want the cheese to become crispy or hardened!) Alternatively, you can toss the ravioli with the olive oil mixed with 1-2 tbsp of reserved pasta cooking water, and then just top with parmesan cheese.
  • Return the cooked ravioli to the pot and toss in the sauce.
  • Serve and top with 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Notes

Top Tips for Making Trader Joe’s Butternut Squash Ravioli
  • Use a large saucepan to boil the water for the ravioli. You don’t want to overcrowd them in the pot, so give them enough space.
  • Make sure water is boiling before adding the ravioli to the pot.
  • When the ravioli floats to the top of the water it’s ready to be drained.
  • When melting the cheese with the olive oil, keep the heat on low-medium. You don’t want the cheese to burn and crisp. Keeping the heat low will allow the cheese to gently melt into the olive oil to create a creamy sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 402kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 652mg | Potassium: 13mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g

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