Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta

Butternut squash lends its silky texture to this classic dish, allowing you to cut the cream and butter with no sacrifice of flavor. It comes together quickly, so you can even enjoy it on a weeknight.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

3/4 cup heavy cream

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1 pound butternut squash, cubed (about 4 cups total)

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for serving

Kosher salt

1 pound fettuccine

2 ounces freshly grated Parmesan (about 3/4 cup), plus more for serving 

Directions

Special equipment:
an immersion blender
  1. Add the cream, butter, squash and 3/4 cup water to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and continue cooking until the squash is tender when poked with a fork, about 15 minutes. Puree using an immersion blender until super creamy and smooth, 3 to 5 minutes. Season with the nutmeg and 1 teaspoon salt.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente according to the package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup starchy pasta water and drain the pasta. Stir the pasta and Parmesan into the squash sauce and toss until well coated. Add the reserved pasta water 1 tablespoon at a time if needed to loosen the sauce. Serve with more Parmesan and grated nutmeg, if desired. 

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