I developed this quick ravioli sauce to include as part of my aphrodisiac theme of recipes, due to the rapidity of preparation. That is, this dish can be ready in SIX minutes. So you don’t have to slave over the stove.

As for the aphrodisiacs? Well, I can’t guarantee anything, but the ravioli, In addition to being bathed in brown butter, is topped with hazelnuts—a rich source of vitamin E, associated with sexual function. Hmmm. In addition to that, in pagan days the hazel bush came to represent fertility because it is the first to flower in spring. The pagan’s tradition to “bless” fertility? Hazel bush twigs were entwined into whips to stroke—or strike—[ahem] the private parts. This dinner is much tamer, though, lol. And the creaminess of this dish alone will make for sensual eating.



butternut squash ravioli

Follow directions on pasta, but usually, boil for 6 to 8 min. Drain.


1/8 CUP hazelnuts, chopped

4 TB salted butter
10 fresh sage leaves, cut into thin strips
1/2 tsp salt
pinch of cayenne

juice of 1 lemon

Toast hazelnuts with a sprinkle of salt on a heated skillet, about 3 min. Add butter, sage, salt and cayenne. Stir constantly, until butter is melted with golden brown color and nutty aroma, about 3 min. Squeeze in lemon juice. Pour over ravioli. Garnish with small sage leaves.

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