Butternut squash made a really great base for the pasta sauce, giving it lots of flavour and creaminess, without the heavy richness you would get from a sauce like Alfredo. The saltiness of the pancetta and pecorino was a great compliment to the slight sweetness of the butternut squash.
Winter Squash Fettuccine
Original recipe via Bon Appetit
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
1 Tablespoon olive oil
4 ounces pancetta (chopped)
1 Tablespoon finely sage (chopped)
3 cups butternut squash (chopped)
1 small onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
Salt & pepper
2 cups chicken broth
12 ounces fettuccine pasta
1/4 cup finely grated pecorino, plus more for serving.
- Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Once heated add chopped pancetta, cooking until crisp (about 8-10 minutes). Toss with sage, before removing to a small bowl.
- Add squash, onion, and garlic to pan, season with salt & pepper. Cook about 8-10 minutes, until onions begin to turn translucent.
- Add chicken broth, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
- Simmer about 15-20 minutes, until liquid is reduced by half.
- Once cooled slightly, puree in a blender, or with immersion blender, add more salt & pepper if necessary.
- In a large pot, cook fettuccine until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta cooking water.
- In your pan, combine pasta, squash puree, and a 1/4 cup of pasta water. Cook over medium heat, adding more pasta water as necessary, until pasta becomes coated with sauce, about 2 minutes.
- Mix in 1/4 cup of pecorino, and season as necessary.
- Serve pasta with pancetta and sage, along with freshly shaved pecorino.
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