This butternut squash ravioli is easy to make and uses whole, fresh ingredients from Lynn River Farm in Perth County.
Are we ready to eat carbs again? I don’t know what happened at the start of 2018 but it seemed like everyone was afraid of pasta and bread again? Whole 30, keto, low-carb, no-carb.
What about everything in moderation?
Instead of removing things from our diet I think adding real, whole ingredients gets us to a much better place.
This butternut squash ravioli recipe is adapted from a lunch I had at Lynn River farm with owner Mike Higgins. He and his wife Lindsay are young farmers (5th generation on her side) who bought land from her family to open a CSA.
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CSA means community supported agriculture. It is often a weekly subscription food box, where you buy a box of whatever produce (and sometimes egg, honey or bread) that the farmer produces.
You are basically purchasing a share of the farmer’s product. It helps farmers because they sell directly to you and know that they have a guaranteed purchase each week.
It’s not for everyone. You certainly need to know how to cook. I participated in a similar Good Food Box program with Food Share and as a household of one I really needed to get creative. In the winter if I didn’t use a butternut squash one week I knew another one was coming the next week (which is why I lived on butternut squash lasagna).
It made me a much better cook and I learned to appreciate the seasons, like when asparagus appeared. But not everyone is up for that challenge.
Mike and Lindsay learned this as well.
They opened their store at the farm so that customers could pick up their weekly produce somewhere other than an open field. To optimize the space they offered more product and some packaged products as a convenience.
They added ice cream for kids and other local products but what really took off was homemade meals.
Today the CSA still exists, but Perth County is a healthy mix of busy young professionals and aging residents and people passing through on the way to their cottage. Too busy too cook but not wanting to eat sodium-laden frozen entrees Lynn River Farm is the perfect stop for their Take and Bake great food made from farm fresh ingredients.
Staff are in the open kitchen daily making soups, lasagna and creative dishes like thai red beef curry or beef whiskey kabobs.
But this isn’t an old school farm store. Have special dietary requirements? No problem. They also offer gluten-free and vegan meals without any refined sugar.
I think many people believe it’s hard to get healthy or meatless offerings in rural areas, but this isn’t true in Perth County.
It’s worth a stop for ice cream and to look through their options for marinated local meat poultry, they have free range chickens and frozen meals are made with their own produce.
Lynn River Farm is just one example of interesting food in Perth County.
A great weekend getaway from Toronto, it’s most often known for itslargest city, Stratford. Home to the summer theatre festival, bacon and ale trail and great restaurants most people don’t venture outside Stratford.
However, this County is more than just one city. I spent a few days here in search of where to eat Perth County and wondered why more people aren’t spending their weekends here.
It isn’t like crowded Prince Edward County, where you are elbow to elbow with other city folk, Perth County has a beautiful landscape with great local food, it’s everything that you want to just escape city life.
Enough of a rant, back to the recipe!
Butternut Squash Ravioli
I adapted this recipe from what Mike made for us for lunch. There is no official recipe as he took a look around the store to see what was fresh and made it on the fly. Although he did ensure he had bacon, as a good host would.
I’ve included pre-made fresh pasta sheets to make this a quick and easy butternut squash ravioli recipe but feel free to make your own pasta as Mike did!
As always, salt really matters. Use good sea salt here. I love this grey sea salt and it’s not expensive!
Lynn River Farm
2529 Line 37 (Vivian Rd), Stratford
Thursday – Friday 10-6pm
Saturday & Sunday 10-4pm
Disclosure: This butternut squash ravioli recipe post is in partnership with Perth County Tourism. In addition to the post I wrote about where to eat in Perth County I asked them to help me find a recipe to share with readers. You can discover more of the Perth County local flavour here.
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[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Perth County Butternut Squash Ravioli – – Ravioli: fresh pasta sheets (9 x 12 inches), cooked butternut squash puree, 5 Brothers Firm Cheese (or your favourite Canadian cheese, such as swiss), nutmeg, Kosher salt, Topping: bacon, diced, unsalted butter, small brussel sprouts, halved (If they are large quarter them.), kalettes, shallots, finely diced, baby arugula (to garnish), lemon rind (grated at the end to garnish), kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste, , Ravioli: Combine butternut squash, cheese, nutmeg and salt. ; Lightly flour countertop and place one pasta sheet down.; Using a tablespoon, portion mixture onto pasta sheet. Space filling about two fingers apart.
; Lightly cover with second pasta sheet. Press down pasta around mixture to seal in and remove air bubbles. Use pasta cutter or paring knife to cut into individual ravioli. ; Bring a large stockpot of water to a boil. Add 1/4 cup sea salt. Add ravioli and gently stir to ensure they are not sticking together. After 3-4 minutes they should rise to the top. Remove with a slotted spoon and divide equally amongst 4 plates.; Topping: In a large cast iron pan cook bacon over medium high heat. Remove and set aside leaving bacon fat in pan.; Add butter, once melted add shallots, kalettes and brussel sprouts and cook until crispy. Return bacon to pan. ; Top ravioli with mixture, grate lemon zest onto each plate and top with arugula. Season with salt and pepper to taste.; ; – – Main Dish – Canadian – Canada – Canada – North America – Ontario – pasta – Perth County – – [/wpurp-searchable-recipe]