SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Cavatappi Pasta with Butternut Squash
Serves approx.. 6
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
5 cups shredded butternut squash (shredded with the coarse grating attachment on a food processor or on a box grater)
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh sage
16 ounces cavatappi or other short curled pasta
salt and black pepper to taste
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan
Heat oil and butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add squash and sage and cook, stirring occasionally, until squash begins to brown, about 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 2 cups pasta cooking liquid.
Add pasta and 1/2 cup pasta cooking liquid to squash and stir to coat. Cook over medium heat, stirring, adding more cooking liquid as needed, until sauce coats pasta. Stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan.