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What To Serve With Pumpkin Ravioli [15 Sides And Sauces]

Pumpkin ravioli is a delightful autumn dish, and the pumpkin filling often includes spices like sage and nutmeg, giving it a sweet but savory flavor. It’s commonly served with rich sauces like brown butter and sage or a creamy Gorgonzola.

Here are my 15 tried-and-tested ideas for side dishes and sauces that pair wonderfully with pumpkin ravioli. You can find everything from light and healthy dishes, to rich and indulgent ones.

The best dishes to serve with pumpkin ravioli are toasted nuts, rosemary dinner rolls, fall slaw, and spicy sauteed kale with andouille sausage. For sauces, try walnut pesto, gorgonzola cheese sauce, or a brown butter sauce with crushed amaretti biscuits.

Side dishes to pair with pumpkin ravioli

Toasted hazelnuts and pecans

Sometimes, the simplest additions can have the biggest impact.

Toasted hazelnuts and pecans (or whatever nuts you want) will provide a crunchy, buttery complement to the soft pumpkin ravioli. You can sprinkle them over the pasta just before serving, or lightly crush the nuts and mix them into your favorite sauce for an extra layer of flavor.

And toasting the nuts first makes sure they have loads of flavor so won’t disappear into the background.

Why we love this recipe: it couldn’t be easier.

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Chicken piccata

Pumpkin ravioli is all carbs and fiber, so a protein-filled chicken piccata is an excellent dish to pair it with. 

This Italian-American classic involves crispy pan-fried chicken cutlets in a bright, citrusy lemon butter sauce studded with capers – the perfect contrast to your rich ravioli. 

And the best part? You only need 30 minutes to whip up this delicious dish. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s a fuss-free dish that makes regular dinners special. 

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Sea salt and rosemary dinner rolls 

Whether you’re serving your pumpkin ravioli in a simple butter sauce or a cream-based variety, a side of quality bread is always a welcomed addition. 

My favorite are these rosemary dinner rolls. They’re super soft and fluffy – just what you need to mop up all the sauce’s goodness. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s super easy to follow, even for beginner bakers. 

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Fall slaw

Instead of the usual cabbage and carrot affair, this slaw is made with a medley of colorful, crunchy produce like beets, broccoli, radish, and apples.

Everything is tossed with an earthy, tangy tahini-apple cider vinaigrette– no mayo-based dressing here!

Celebrate the flavors of fall with this vibrant slaw alongside your pumpkin ravioli.

Why we love this recipe: it only adds 179 calories to your meal.

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Spicy sauteed kale with andouille sausage

Slow-cooked greens are fabulous, but this kale dish is the way to go when you’re in a rush. 

The andouille sausages, vinegar, and Tabasco combine to add a smoky, savory, and spicy bite to the bitter kale. 

You can enjoy this as a side dish, but try mixing this with your pumpkin ravioli for a delicious and nutritious meal.

Why we love this recipe: it’s low-carb and super healthy.

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Apple cider pork tenderloin

The key to this dish lies in soaking the tenderloin in an apple cider and Dijon mustard marinade for at least an hour.

This tenderizes the meat and makes it oh-so-flavorful. Plus, the marinade can be cooked down into a delicious sauce. 

Enjoy slices of this pork tenderloin alongside pumpkin ravioli for the ultimate fall-inspired meal. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s fancy without breaking the bank.

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Arugula, fennel, and orange salad

This arugula salad is the perfect accompaniment to an indulgent and rich pumpkin ravioli. 

What makes this salad stand out, aside from the orange slices, is its zingy citrus-shallot vinaigrette. 

This dressing gives the salad a prominent tartness that helps cut through your pumpkin ravioli’s richness.

Why we love this recipe: it’s oh-so-Instaworthy. 

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Roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and balsamic onions

Roasting brussels sprouts makes them perfectly crisp and caramelized. 

But this recipe goes the extra mile by tossing them in balsamic caramelized onions, infusing them with an addictive sweet-acidic flavor.

The cherry on top (literally) of this dish is the lashings of crunchy bacon bits for an extra savory twist.

Why we love this recipe: it’s indulgent but healthy, nutritious, and lo-carb.

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Pan-seared lamb chops

Want something fancy with your pumpkin ravioli? 

These lamb chops are the way to go. 

Like steaks, you don’t need to do much with these chops.

A quick sear in butter, garlic, and a few rosemary sprigs will give you that gorgeous, caramelized crust.

Pssst… you can also french the bone for a more elegant presentation. And here are some more things to pair with lamb chops.

Why we love this recipe: it looks and tastes like it came from a five-star restaurant. 

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Caramelized onions and mushrooms

This caramelized onions and mushrooms dish is the easiest way to add a savory, meatless note to your pumpkin ravioli. 

Sauteed mushrooms are amazing, but adding caramelized onions brings a complex sweetness that rounds out the whole dish.

A splash of red wine will do wonders with this dish, but this recipe sticks with red wine vinegar, making it keto-friendly.

Why we love this recipe: everything comes together in one pan.

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Brown butter spicy garlic shrimp

Need a quick, protein-filled dish to serve with your pumpkin ravioli?

Try this brown butter shrimp recipe!

It’s ready in 10 minutes, making them ideal even for busy weeknights. 

The heat from the red pepper flakes offsets your ravioli’s sweetness. 

Plus, you get that spicy, nutty brown butter sauce you can also drizzle over your pumpkin-filled pasta.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a versatile yet super simple dish.

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Sauces to pair with pumpkin ravioli

Amaretti crumble and brown butter sauce

When it comes to elevating the flavors of pumpkin ravioli, nothing does it quite like and amaretti crumble and brown butter sauce. It might sound strange, but trust me, it’s absolutely delicious (I have reddit to credit for this idea).

The nutty depth of browned butter combines beautifully with the sweet, almond-like crunch of the crushed amaretti cookies. It highlights the sweetness of the pumpkin, but doesn’t make the dish overly sickly.

Why we love this recipe: it adds an unexpected twist to a traditional sauce

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Gorgonzola cream sauce

Rich, creamy, and utterly indulgent, gorgonzola cream sauce is a dream come true for cheese lovers. It’s normally served over steak, but the tangy cheese also tastes great with the sweetness of pumpkin. And it lasts for up to 7 days in the fridge, so you have an excuse to have steak later on in the week.

It’s boldly flavored, so not for the faint hearted. But if you like it, you’re not going to be able to get enough of it.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a luxurious addition to any pasta night.

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Walnut pesto sauce

For those who like a touch of rustic charm in their meals, walnut pesto sauce is the way to go.

The toasty walnuts offer a crunchy texture, while the basil provides a fresh contrast to the pumpkin’s sweetness. And of course the green color looks great with the orange backdrop.

Pro tip: Add the olive oil gradually to your pesto mix so you can get the perfect texture, and use the freshest basil you can find. Wilted basil won’t taste as good.

Why we love this recipe: it works with any pasta dish

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Bolognese sauce

This isn’t technically a side dish, but you can’t go wrong with pairing your pumpkin ravioli with a classic bolognese sauce. 

This recipe isn’t exactly authentic, but you’re guaranteed to love how thick and full of meaty tomato flavors it is.

A splash of cream added towards the end gives the sauce a delectable creaminess like no other. 

Why we love this recipe: it boasts a 4.72 rating from 462 votes. That many people can’t be wrong!

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What To Serve With Pumpkin Ravioli [15 Sauces And Sides]

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your pumpkin ravioli.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin ravioli side dishes, what to serve with pumpkin ravioli
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 200kcal


  • 1 portion pumpkin ravioli


  • Prepare your pumpkin ravioli according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: chicken piccata, sea salt and rosemary dinner rolls, fall slaw, spicy sauteed kale with andouille sausage, apple cider pork tenderloin, arugula, fennel, and orange salad, bolognese sauce, roasted brussels sprouts with bacon and balsamic onions, pan-seared lamb chops, caramelized onions and mushrooms, and brown butter spicy garlic shrimp.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 200kcal

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