Today I have a new recipe for you, Delicata Squash Pasta. If you are like me, you may have no idea what a delicata squash is (at least I didn’t until I saw it at the farmer’s market last week). I was sold on this squash because the farmer’s market staff described as a cross between a sweet potato and pumpkin- I love both so I was sold! I search around on-line for a recipe to make with the little bugger and came up with Creamy Delicata Squash Pasta. I based my recipe off the one found on Lauren Conrad’s site, but I added some of my own twists to enhance the creaminess. Definitely the perfect fall comfort meal! Plus it’s a way to sneak in a vegetable serving. Try it for yourself 🙂
Creamy Delicata Squash Pasta
- 1 medium delicata squash
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- dash cayenne pepper (make sure to only use a dash, unless you like it spicy!)
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup skim milk
- 5 ounces penne – or whatever your favorite pasta is
- 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
- grated Parmesan
- Poke squash with fork and microwave on high for ~5-6 min. Remove squash from microwave and wrap in foil so it can continue to cook. After about 10 min, cut the squash in half length-wise and scoop out the seeds. Then scoop out the squash and mash with a potato masher in a large bowl.
- Then fill up a medium pot with water for pasta and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling add the pasta, and cook for 10-12 min until al dente.
- In a medium frying pan, melt the butter over very low heat. Add the garlic and sauté over medium low hear for about 5 min.)
- Add mashed squash to the pan, then slowly add the milk, about 2 tablespoons at a time, stirring to smooth. Add the cayenne, nutmeg, and salt and stir.
- Raise the heat slightly, and bring the sauce to a simmer. Simmer over medium heat to thicken the sauce, ~10 min.
- Once the sauce is ready and the pasta is drained, add the pasta to the sauce. Stir to combine. Add and stir in the ricotta cheese. Cook over low heat for ~ 5 more minutes.
- Top with parmesan cheese and pepper if you so desire.
This ended up making about 2 servings for me. I served it over a bed of baby spinach and it was the perfect comfort meal. Mmmm.
What is your favorite comfort food?