Food Network Kitchen - Butternut Squash Pastasotto
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Butternut Squash Pastasotto

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 40 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
Don't watch water boil--penne gets the risotto treatment in this dish. The pasta simmers and absorbs chicken broth until tender and is finished with roasted butternut squash, sage and Parmesan.



  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Toss the butternut squash with 2 tablespoons oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper on a baking sheet and bake, tossing halfway through, until tender and golden brown, about 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the butter and remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large heavy bottom pot over medium-high heat until the butter has melted. Add the whole sage leaves and fry until crispy, but still vibrant green, about 3 minutes. Use tongs to remove them to a paper towel-lined plate. 
  3. Add the onion to the pot and cook, stirring frequently to make sure the butter does not burn, until tender and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the pasta and stir to coat in the butter and onions. Toast the pasta in the pan, stirring frequently, until golden brown in spots, about 4 minutes.  
  4. Pour in the wine and cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid has been absorbed, about 5 minutes. Add 1 cup broth, and cook, stirring frequently, until absorbed, about 5 minutes. Repeat 2 more times until all the broth is absorbed and the pasta is cooked to al dente. Fold in the butternut squash, chopped sage, Parmesan, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and a few grinds of pepper and stir until combined and creamy. Garnish with fried sage leaves and walnuts if using.