Monday, November 7, 2011

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. The rule for using wine in cooking is to 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

You will need to roast the squash. You can follow the same steps to roast an acorn squash that I outlined in this post: How to Roast a Butternut Squash.

After roasting, when the squash is cool enough to handle, scoop out and toss the seeds into 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.


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.

This post is linked to Your Green Resource at The Greenbacks Gal and Real Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop.

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1 comment:

  1. Mmmmm. Minus the butter and cheese, I would totally eat this! It has been pinned! :)


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