Farfalle Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash

Butternut squash is my favorite vegetable. The color is exquisite, it’s naturally sweet, healthy, and very versatile. I purée it for soups, roast it to toss in salads, tostadas, and of course, pastas, like this Farfalle Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash!
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Farfalle Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash

How I Do It:

This complete meal pasta is a crowd pleaser and fairly easy to make. You can use pre-cut butternut squash, but I prefer fresh (big surprise). If you use a store bought, just make sure it’s really fresh, not packaged with an expiration date that is a week or two out. If, like me you want to peel and cut your own, I have some tips…

Farfalle Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash from www.theorganickitchen.org

How To Work with Butternut Squash:

Butternut Squash can be a trick to work with unless you have the right tools. A ‘Y’ peeler makes peeling a snap and a good sharp knife is a must! (I use a Wusthof 8″ chef’s knife)

Farfalle Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash from www.theorganickitchen.org

Once the butternut is cut up, roast  in the oven until the edges are slightly browned. This usually takes about 45 minutes.

Farfalle Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash from www.theorganickitchen.org

How To Caramelize Onions:

While the butternut squash is roasting, caramelize the onions. The key to caramelizing is patience. For a little tutorial on how to caramelize onions, click here. Honestly the combination of flavors in this pasta is so lovely! I hope you love it as much as we do.

The Recipe: Farfalle Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash

What you will need: Butternut Squash can be a trick to work with unless you have the right tools. A ‘Y’ peeler makes peeling a snap and a good sharp knife is a must! (I use a Wusthof 8″ chef’s knife) You will also need  a microplane to grate parmesan, and a rimmed cookie sheet covered with unbleached parchment paper.

Farfalle Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Butternut squash is my favorite vegetable. The color is exquisite, it’s naturally sweet, healthy, and very versatile. I purée it for soups, roast it to toss in salads, tostadas, and of course, pastas, like this Farfalle Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy dinner recipe, easy pasta recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 1 16 oz package Farfalle pasta
  • 5 cups butternut squash peeled and cubed (1/2 inch cubes)
  • 1 large yellow onion cut in half, sliced and caramelized
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese or skip it to make this recipe vegan
  • Spinach leaves a handful or two…
  • ½ cup roasted pine nuts
  • Olive oil
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425. Place rack in upper third of oven.
  2. Place peeled and cut butternut squash in large bowl, drizzle with olive oil and toss. All squash should be lightly coated with olive oil. Then sprinkle  with sea salt and freshly ground pepper, toss. Place seasoned squash on rimmed cookie sheet covered with parchment paper and roast for 45-50 minutes, or until cooked to your liking. I like mine with browned edges.
  3. To caramelize onions: Drizzle 1 Tablespoon olive oil into pan on medium heat. Add sliced onion. Sauté, stirring occasionally till well caramelized (20 -25 minutes) then sprinkle with a little sea salt and pepper. Take off heat and set aside.
  4. Grate cheese. When squash is almost done, start pasta boiling.
  5. Place a handful or two of fresh spinach into the bottom of a large bowl. When pasta is ready, strain in a colander (do not rinse) pour hot pasta over spinach and allow the pasta to steam the spinach for a minute. Drizzle the pasta with 2-3 tablespoons olive oil, toss. Add caramelized onions, minced garlic, and roasted squash, toss again.
  6. Add cheese, pine nuts and sprinkle with sea salt to taste, toss and serve.

I hope you enjoy this pasta a much as I do!

Farfalle Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash from www.theorganickitchen.org

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