Pasta with Butternut Squash and Sage Brown Butter

Quick, easy and delicious, this pasta recipe is the ideal comfort food. It's wholesome, nutritious and a great way to get kids to eat vitamin- and fiber-rich butternut squash.

Hands-On Time: 10 minutes
Ready In: 33 minutes
Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

    Medium (3-pound) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (8 cups)
    1 tablespoon plus 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1 pound dried pasta
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    1 shallot, finely chopped
    1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried sage, crumbled
    1/4 cup chopped, toasted pecans (optional)
    Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Let your child toss the squash with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then spread it on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake, stirring every 10 minutes, until slightly caramelized, 30 minutes total. Take out of the oven and set aside.
  2. Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente, then drain well.
  3. While the pasta is cooking, melt butter with remaining 1/4 cup olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat until it bubbles. Reduce heat to medium-low, then add shallot, sage, and a dash of salt. Cook, stirring, until shallots are soft, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Turn off the heat; add the squash and, if you want, pecans. Toss with cooked pasta and serve with Parmesan.

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