Spiced Pumpkin Ravioli with Creme Fraiche and Chili Oil

One can only imagine the amount of canned pumpkin sold during October and November.  It’s a bit of a pumpkin craze when it comes to this time of year.  And let’s not even get started on all things pumpkin spice.  While pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread might take the lead in ways to use up that orange purée, pumpkin ravioli isn’t far behind.  Most recipes feature sage, or thyme, and lots of brown butter for spooning over the warm pasta.  But we’re going a different direction with ours.  Smoked paprika, cumin and sharp cheddar compliment all those sweet earthy pumpkin flavors in the filling, and the freshly made ravioli gets an easy but delicious topping of crème fraîche and spicy chili oil.

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Spinach Pasta

If you have been eyeing the pasta attachments for the Ankarsrum mixer, February may be the month you want to make those homemade pasta dreams come true.  Technically prices go up on the lasagnafettuccine, and tagliatelle attachments this month, but they are on sale all of February for the old price.  Also, if you buy all three together this month, you can get them for $279.95.  These attachments are some of my favorites and always a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen.  There is something magical and fun about making your own noodles, and what kid doesn’t love pasta?  What adult doesn’t for that matter?  A while back, I did a basic pasta dough recipe.  That is still my standard go-to, but I decided to branch out into flavored noodles in honor of this month’s sale: spinach pasta dough.

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Four Cheese Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna

Cooler temperatures have finally arrived (hooray!) and what a great month to break out the pasta attachments.  I love the cooler days of fall and adding hearty comfort food into the dinner rotation.  Nothing says comfort food to me like a big serving of cheesy pasta!  I like traditional lasagna, but I LOVE nixing the meat and tomato sauce and adding some veggies and a big dose of cheese.  This dish not only has ricotta and smoked Gouda layered between the noodles, but also a delicious coating of cheese sauce made with goat’s milk Gouda and baby Swiss.  Cheese lovers’ heaven!

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