Monday, November 30, 2009

Pasta with Fall Squash and Leeks

This dish can be cooked with butternut squash.

or acorn squash.

Pasta with Fall Squash and Leeks

  • 3-4 lbs butternut or acorn squash - I had 2 small acorn and 1 medium acorn.
  • 1 lb penne
  • 1/2 Cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 large leeks, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 small onion
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 dry white wine. I used Pinot Grigio. Use a wine that you like.
  • 1/2 water. If you don't like wine or have any on hand. Use 1 cup water.
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

As a side note: How do you clean leeks? For some reason, leeks are very dirty. I slice mine and then soak in water. Drain and then I rinse again while the leeks are still in the colander.

You will need to roast the squash. A few weeks ago I wrote, How to Roast a Butternut Squash. You can follow the same steps to roast an acorn squash.

When the squash is cool enough to handle after roasting, scoop out and toss the seeds in your trash or compost. Take the pulp and puree in a food processor until silky smooth.

Cook the pasta for about 2 minutes less than the box instructions.

While pasta is cooking, heat the oil and butter in a large pot over low heat. Add the leeks, onion, garlic, salt and pepper and saute until the onions are translucent.

Add the squash, wine and water and stir as the sauce thickens.

Add the cooked pasta to the squash sauce and mix together. Pour the pasta into a 13 X 9 baking dish that has been prepared with cooking spray or butter.

Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top. Bake for 20 - 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven until the cheese browns.


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  1. I just so happen to have butternut and acorn squash on hand. Thanks for sharing!


  2. that looks amazing, i am going to try this recipe!
    and i clean my leeks the same way - or i split them in 1/2 lengthwise and let them soak in water:)

  3. What a GREAT!!! combination of flavors. THANKS!!! for the recipe.

  4. This sounds fast and good. I can imagine how silky the sauce must be on the tongue. I'm sorely tempted to make this for lunch.

  5. Thanks for submitting to the MIFS carnival!!

  6. Don't toss out the seeds! Roasted squash seeds are delicious and full of nutrients. Sprinkle on salads or eat as a snack.

    I scoop out the seeds before cooking the squash, wash them, let dry and keep in the freezer until I've got enough to roast. When I have a full container, I toss with a bit of coconut or olive oil, sprinkle with salt and whatever seasonings I feel like, spread on a cookie sheet and roast at 275 for 15 minutes or until they start to pop.

    Hub won't eat squash but he loves its seeds!

  7. Looks like a yummy way to eat squash! My husband and I both love squash. :)


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