Saturday, April 9, 2022

Butternut Squash Pasta with Garlic, Sage, and Goat Cheese from @Mystery MacRae


This is a simple pasta dish with a lot of warm flavors. If you’d rather, you can steam the squash cubes, but we think roasting them adds depth to the dish. A bit of goat cheese finishes it off perfectly.


Butternut Squash Pasta with Garlic, Sage, and Goat Cheese

Adapted from Pasta e Verdura, by Jack Bishop


Goat cheese is missing! 


1 to 1-1/2 pounds butternut squash (about 3 cups when cut into ½-inch cubes)

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

4-6 cloves garlic, minced

12 large fresh sage leaves, shredded (or equivalent dried)

1 ¼ teaspoon salt, divided

¼ teaspoon black pepper

12 ounces pasta

5 ounces goat cheese, roughly cubed


Preheat oven to 425 F.

Peel squash, cut in half, scoop out seeds and stringy fibers (save seeds and roast them). Cut squash into 1/2-inch cubes. Toss squash cubes with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and ¼ teaspoon salt. Roast on a rimmed baking sheet for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Bring 4 quarts salted water to boil. Add pasta.

While pasta is cooking, heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Add the roasted squash, sage, salt, and pepper to the skillet.

Drain pasta, add to skillet with remaining tablespoon of butter. Toss to mix well. Toss again with goat cheese and serve.  

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  1. Sounds yummy! Thanks for the recipe.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

    1. You're welcome, Kay. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. That does sound good. Roasting the butternut squash must add a wonderful taste.

    1. The roasting does add a wonderful taste. We actually don't usually add the goat cheese, which makes the dish even simpler. It's just as good with freshly grated parmesan.

    2. Interesting. I was thinking the creamy, tangy goat cheese would be a great combination with the sweet quash.

  3. oooh this looks tasty :D and yay! for another Yon Bonnie Books book :)