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Marsala Cream Sauce with Butternut Ravioli

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings 1x


Ultimate fall comfort food! Tender butternut squash ravioli cloaked in rich marsala cream sauce with caramelized onions, dried cranberries and fresh sage.


  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 vadalia or 2 small yellow onions, cut in half-moon sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup marsala wine
  • 1 teaspoon all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • optional: 3 sage leaves, thinly cut
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8.8-ounce package butternut squash ravioli, we like the Trader Joe’s brand


  1. Make the onions:  In a large skillet, melt the butter with 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add the onions to the pan and sprinkle with salt.  Reduce heat to low after 5 minutes.  Cook 30-35 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Onions should be a dark brown, amber color.
  2. Cook the pasta:  Bring salted water to a boil in a large pot of water, cook for 3 to 4 minutes and drain.
  3. Build the sauce: Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat.  Cook the garlic until fragrant and just slightly browned.  Add the marsala wine and whisk in the flour.  Once the sauce starts to thicken, about 1 minute, add heavy cream, dried cranberries and caramelized onion.  Over low heat add the ravioli and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes until the sauce is thick and pasta is well coated.
  4. Make it pretty: Turn off heat and sauté with sage or plate the pasta and garnish with the sage for a vibrant pop of color.


  • If serving this as an entree, this recipe will serve two.  If serving it as a side dish, this recipe will yield 4 servings.  Nutrition facts below are based on a 4 serving yield.
  • Category: Pasta
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: marsala cream sauce, fall pasta dishes, fall comfort food, cooking with marsala wine

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