Penne alla Zucca, Pasta with Winter Squash Sauce

Need an alternative to Tomato Sauce?  Take a look at this recipe.  Pasta sauce made with Winter Squash, taken from one of my favourite cookbooks which I will review soon, From Asparagus to Zucchini, a Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce. This dish is quite yummy and full of flavour.  One good way to prepare squash without heating up the kitchen during these hot summer days.  This sauce is relatively easy to make, freezes well, and is a great side dish or main course when put with a light salad and a crusty roll or garlic bread.

Penne alla Zucca, squash sauce for pasta

  • 3 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 4 cups peeled, chopped winter squash or pumpkin
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red chile peppers
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 2 T chopped fresh sage
  • 1 pound penne pasta or gnocchi
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add onions and cook, stirring often, until soft and translucent.  Meanwhile, in a food processor fitted with  a knife blade, pulse the squash and garlic together in 2 batches until very fine.  Add to onions with chile flakes, salt, nutmeg, and 2 cups water.  Cover and simmer until squash is soft and of a sauce-like consistency, 15-20 minutes.  Stir in sage.  Cook pasta in lots of boiling, salted water until just tender.  Strain, reserving 1 cup of pasta cooking liquid.  Add pasta to hot sauce in pan, stir and cook over high heat, adding cooking liquid if necessary until pasta is well  coated.  Stir in Parmesan cheese and serve.  Makes 4 to 6 servings.

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2 Responses to Penne alla Zucca, Pasta with Winter Squash Sauce

  1. Ashley says:

    I made this recipe last night & it’s SO delicious! I strongly encourage everyone to try this out with a squash. What a great way to get in your veggies 🙂 I wish I had some leftovers to eat again today, but sadly, we ate every last bite for dinner. One tip to add extra flavour is use some homemade chicken stock instead of water.

  2. Samira Dean says:

    I was just in the process of googling recipes for my winter squash…. but no need. This fits the bill!! I will post how it turns out. Thanks 🙂

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