Sunday, September 27, 2015

Butternut Squash, Walnut & Sage Pasta

Source: Love and Lemons
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or extra olive oil)
  • 1 small shallot, sliced
  • ¼ cup chopped sage leaves
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup cooked chickpeas
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • big squeeze of lemon
  • splash of balsamic vinegar
  • 4-6 oz. brown rice spaghetti or linguine (& save some pasta water)
  • a few handfuls of chopped spinach (or kale or chard)
  • ½ cup chopped parsley
  • grated pecorino cheese, to taste
  • salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roast butternut squash cubes with a little olive oil, salt and pepper for about 20 minutes or until they're soft and mostly cooked through. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  2. Cook pasta in salty water until al dente and reserve at least 1 cup of the starchy pasta water.
  3. Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and butter, then add the shallot and cook until translucent. Add the chopped sage and cook for another 30 seconds, then add the walnuts, chickpeas, butternut squash cubes, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook until the chickpeas and squash brown a bit (but before the garlic burns).
  4. Add a big squeeze of lemon and a good splash of balsamic and stir.
  5. Add the cooked pasta and spinach. Use tongs to gently toss the pasta with everything in the pan allowing the greens to wilt. Add pasta water to help loosen it (I used about ¼ cup).
  6. Add some grated pecorino at this step if you wish.
  7. Remove from heat, then stir in the chopped parsley.
  8. Taste and adjust seasonings and serve with extra grated cheese.
Notes
- vegan option: omit cheese

- I used Jovial's brown rice pasta

- Instead of roasting the squash in the oven, you could cook it in the pan. Heat the pan to medium, add the squash with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and about ⅓ cup water. Cover and cook until squash is tender and the water has evaporated (15 minutes or so). Remove from the pan and set it aside. Wipe out the pan, and then begin step 3.

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