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Smoked Cheese Ravioli with brown butter sage walnut Sauce

Loreto October 23, 2016

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Smoked Cheese Ravioli with brown butter sage walnut sauce, a dish that literally takes 20 minutes to prepare, and has your taste buds dancing!

Smoked Cheese Ravioli with brown butter sage walnut sauce

[This post is sponsored by the Italian Centre Shop, we have been compensated but all opinions are our own.]

Smoked Cheese Ravioli with Brown Butter, Sage, Walnut Sauce. An elegant dish that is both luxurious and beautiful to the eye. The combination of the smoked cheese in the ravioli and the tender pasta, delivered with that caramelized brown butter infused with the spice of sage and the rustic nature of pan fried walnuts takes this Ravioli pasta dish to levels unknown. Just when you think your taste buds have had enough, in comes the white truffle oil.



It has been quite the journey with The Italian Center Shop, and a lot of fun, developing recipes from a selection of products found at their stores. When asked to do some dishes with their pre made pastas, I was struck by one in particular from Pasta Time Pastas. The smoked cheese ravioli. Having a creative mind has its perks, and when  an ingredient or product catches my attention, my mind immediately goes to work.

Today’s recipe is a nice and delicious pasta dish, hinting on flavors of smokiness, and butter, with some herbs and other ingredients to entice your appetite and palate. We call this dish Smoked Cheese Ravioli in a Brown Butter Sage Sauce.

We picked a prepackaged ravioli developed by Pasta Time, a local company producing great pastas for those who have limited prep time in the kitchen and also for the pasta lovers out there. After looking at the several flavors in the freezer section of the Italian Center, one stood out strongly and that was the smoked cheese ravioli. Combined with some fresh sage, flat leaf parsley found in the produce section of the store and some Saputo butter, walnuts, Bonelli extra virgin olive oil, Colavita white truffle oil, and of course Parmigiano Reggiano for the finish.

Smoked Cheese Ravioli with brown butter sage walnut sauce

Smoked Cheese Ravioli with Brown Butter Sage, Walnut Sauce, and the story begins!

Pasta is always a welcome dish in an Italian home, and any home for that matter, the varieties and diversity of this ingredient is endless, from fettuccine, to bucatini, penne to maccheroni, and many more. But one of the favorites has always been ravioli, those amazing squares of pasta filled with different flavors combined with either a tomato sauce or plain sauce, always a pleasure to eat and discover. Add in that it is quick to make and easy to prepare, and we have a winner for those who have a busy lifestyle, but love flavor and presentation.

This smoked cheese ravioli with brown butter sage sauce takes minutes to prepare, some salted boiling water in a nice larger pot as ravioli needs the room to cook for about 12 minutes. One thing with ravioli is that it is a mess if overcooked, the filling falls out, it droops, not an appealing thing to look at. While the ravioli is cooking a nice drizzle of olive oil, in a pan, the base that will keep the butter from burning. In goes the butter melting nicely, the flavor intensifier, sage , and walnuts, stirring till the butter is a beautiful brown color, and  when that is done the ravioli should be ready to drain and placed in the pan for a quick saute infusing the brown butter sage, walnut sauce into the pasta. A nice dusting of the Parmigiano which you can find in the deli at the Italian center pre-packaged great for the grab and go shopper. Finish this plate with some white truffle oil and fresh flat leaf parsley, and the best part sitting at the table nice and relaxed to enjoy it.

Smoked Cheese Ravioli with brown butter sage walnut sauce

The pasta nice and al dente, with that buttery sage taste melded to that smooth velvet texture of the pasta. That nice crunch from the walnut and that hint of white truffle oil not to strong and not too little that you can’t distinguish it, a wonderful combination with the smokiness of the ravioli, the acidic and pungent nature of the Parmigiano, and that beautiful buttery  sauce with that bite of flavor from the sauteed sage. This is a great dish that I am sure you will enjoy and will be a welcome addition to your quick and easy meal repertoire.

Buon Appetito!

I want to dedicate this post to a good friend who passed away recently. John or JJ as I called him was a great man filled with compassion and kindness, and had a love for Italian food. I remember JJ always recommending great Italian restaurants to us, and I took those seriously as JJ had a good palate.  He always looked out for me and had my well being in check. There is a void at  where we used to work together, and Nicoletta and I will miss him dearly! Our hearts and hugs go out to His wife Sue and JJ’s family, We love you!

Song of the day: “You can call me Al” by Paul Simon.

Smoked Ravioli with brown butter sage walnut sauce

Smoked Cheese Ravioli with brown butter sage walnut Sauce

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 1 package smoked cheese ravioli
  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup of fresh grated Parmigiano (cut and vacuum packed from ICS)
  • 6 walnuts craked cleaned and crumbled
  • 8 leaves sage, fresh organic, International herbs brand
  • ½ teaspoon white truffle oil
  • 2 table spoons fresh flat leaf parsley
  • Mediterranean sea salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper


  1. In a large pot bring salted water to boil.
  2. Taste the water to make sure it is seasoned well.
  3. Take ravioli out of freezer and place in boiling water stirring frequently.
  4. Set timer for 12 -13 minutes or as package cooking time suggests, I usually cook for one minute less as I am going to finish cooking them in the pan.
  5. While ravioli is cooking, drizzle olive oil into a medium to hi heat pan, place in butter and stir with a wooden spoon until butter melts.
  6. Add in sage leaves and walnuts and continue sauteing till butter starts to form a nice light brown color.
  7. Take ravioli off heat and drain.
  8. Place ravioli in pan with brown butter sauce, and saute for about one minute until they are well coated with the sauce.
  9. Finish with some fresh grated parmigiano, fresh cracked black pepper, and fresh chopped parsley.
  10. Ready to serve.
  11. Enjoy!
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Smoked Cheese Ravioli with brown butter sage walnut sauce

[This post is sponsored by the Italian Centre Shop, we have been compensated but all opinions are our own.]

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    Reply annie@ciaochowbambina October 24, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I am all for anything that will have my taste buds dancing! And this, I know, will have them dancing into the wee hours of the morning! Nothing like a good ravioli! And your presentation is so pleasing! I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto October 24, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Hi Annie, thank you, The ravioli was so good and there are those times when we don’t have all that much time, and store bought is an option. Well fortunate for us Pasta Time Pastas are really good quality products and that made it all much easier. Yes it is hard losing friends, we will miss him, but JJ would not want us moping around he was all about life and living.
      Thanks again, and have a great week!

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    Reply Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss October 26, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Your photos are simply amazing! I don’t have ravioli all too often, but you have me craving it in droves now. It’s good to find a quality pre-made ravioli for when you simply cannot make it yourself. My condolences on the passing of your friend JJ, he sounds like such an incredible friend!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto October 26, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Hi Jesica, thank you for your kind words and heart felt sympathy. I will have to pass the credit onto Nicoletta for the pictures. She is truly amazing at captivating these wonderful creations, from her staging to the final shots. Very glad to get your cravings going, after all what is a food blog with out the creation of cravings, lol.
      Have a great day!

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    Reply Lisa July 20, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Just curious, when do you use the truffle oil? I’m making the sauce now and plan on drizzling it.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta July 20, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      Hi! Finish the plate with some white truffle oil and fresh flat leaf parsley. Then enjoy! Hope you’ll come back to leave a review after. Thank you so much!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto July 20, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      You can drizzle just a bit at the end of making the brown butter sauce when tossing with the ravioli before serving.
      I hope that helps.
      Thanks for trying our recipe.

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