I love the nutty flavour of acorn squash with pasta. It’s flavourful and healthy. It pairs well with savoury foods like onions and garlic. I added red pepper flakes for a little zing. This recipe is vegan without the parmigiano cheese.
Autumn is upon us and this pasta dish is surely a tasty one to try.
Acorn Squash Pasta
-1 acorn squash, roasted*
-2 Tbsp olive oil (1 tablespoon for acorn squash, 1 tablespoon for onions)
-1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
-2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
-½ C white wine
-2 ½ teaspoons sea salt (1 teaspoon is for pasta water)
-½ tsp black pepper
-¾ C almond milk
-1 tsp red pepper flakes
-1 tsp basil , finely chopped
1 Tbsp finely grated parmigiano cheese, optional
-pasta of your choice
*Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
*Roasting Squash: Cut acorn squash in half, scrape out and discard seeds and strings.
*Rub 1 tablespoon of olive oil on the inside and outside of both pieces of squash.
*Lay each piece face down onto a sheet pan and bake until tender, about 15 minutes.
*While roasting squash, chop onions and garlic.
*Heat a sauté pan on high heat.
*Once hot, add 1 tablespoon olive oil.
*Once oil is hot, add onions, stirring frequently until starting to caramelize (do not burn).
*Turn down heat to medium low, add chopped garlic, and cook until tender, about 1 minute.
*Add white wine and reduce liquid by half.
*Add 1 teaspoon sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper.
*Continue to cook until onions are caramelized, golden brown. You may need to add a little water to keep the onions from sticking to the pan.
*When done, turn off heat and set aside.
*In a large pot, fill 3/4 of the pot with water, add 1 teaspoon sea salt and bring to a boil.
*Add pasta and cook for 8 to 12 minutes until tender.
*Strain and set aside.
*Acorn squash should be tender by now.
*Scoop out the flesh and place into a food processor or blender.
*Add onion/garlic mixture, almond milk, 1 teaspoon parmigiano cheese (optional), 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, and purée.
*Pour purée over hot pasta, toss with fresh herbs, parmigiano cheese (optional) and red pepper flakes.
*Place pasta in a serving dish, sprinkle with more Parmesan (optional) and herbs.
Photos by Rosa Basile-Marrello