Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Pappardelle with Butternut Squash & Sage

Thick ribbons of pappardelle with butternut squash in a super light tomato-cream sauce with fresh sage, topped with walnuts and Parrano cheese made a substantial dish perfect for the beginning of fall and cooler weather. I love the cheerful look of this dish with the bright orange squash and the rich green sage.

For the sauce, I used a combination of vegetable stock, half & half, vermouth, and red pasta sauce and it was absolutely wonderful - not heavy at all, but full of flavor. It complimented the squash nicely without covering up its own fresh taste.

The cheese, Parrano, is a Dutch cheese that tastes like an Italian cheese. It has the smooth texture of Gouda, but tastes nutty, salty, and rather like Parmesan. Try this on gratins - it melts well.

While you have to be careful using fresh sage due to its strong astringent taste, I wish I had used more in this recipe. It's minty and sharp woodsy taste really made this dish special.

Pappardelle with Butternut Squash and Sage:

8 oz Pappardelle
1 tbsp butter
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups butternut squash in 1/2" -1" pieces,
1/3 cup vegetable broth
1-2 tbsp vermouth
1-2 tbsp half & half
1/3 cup red pasta sauce
5 large sage leaves, chopped
walnut pieces to top
grated Parrano to top

Steam the squash until it's almost cooked through, but still retains a little crunch.

Cook the Pappardelle per instructions - do not overcook.

While pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a skillet and add the onion. Cook over med heat until softened. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute. Add the squash, along with the vegetable broth and cook gently for 4 minutes. Add the vermouth, half & half, and pasta sauce and stir well. Add most of the sage, saving some to top the dish. Add the cooked pasta and season to taste. Cook for 2-3 minutes then serve topped with walnut pieces, grated Parrano, and reserved sage.


Anonymous Karina said...

Yes. Squash and sage are just a fabulous combination!

12:54 PM  
Blogger Vegan Knitting said...

Ooo - I've never had pappardelle! What a great photo.

I'm going to try that recipe using Silk Creamer instead of half and half and see what happens. I'm stingy with dried sage but I love lots of fresh sage!

I'll try to get my mom's fresh cranberry beans with sage recipe. I think you'd really like it.

1:32 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Hi VK - I'd love to get your mom's recipe!

8:06 PM  

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