Butternut Squash Fettuccine

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Butternut Squash Fettuccine

It is fall in Texas and it’s a beautiful 70 degrees. It’s time for pasta, baking, and wearing nothing for Halloween. I have been a bit absent from here as I started nursing school back in June. So all I do is study. The delicious food still flows however the photos don’t seem to ever happen. For that I apologize. The posts will be few and far between for another year as I finish up, but for now here is this little gem I kinda stumbled upon when I had pancetta, butternut squash and a night off from memorizing textbooks. I hope this warms some of you up.

Eat, enjoy, Indulge!

1 lb fettuccine

1 butternut squash

1 cup vegetable broth

1 white onion

4 cloves garlic

Fresh extra virgin olive oil

Fresh sage

1/4 cup grated pecorino Romano cheese

1 lb pancetta (optional)

Crushed red pepper (optional)

Salt and pepper

First add olive oil to the pan and heat. About 5-7 large sage leaves to the oil and cook for a minute. Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel.

Optional: add the pancetta and cook until crisp. Remove and place on a paper towel.

Reduce the heat to low and add the chopped veggies. Either add the veggies in with the bits and fat cooked down from the pancetta or with just olive oil.

Slice the onion and butternut squash into cubes. Smaller the better as it will cook faster. Add olive oil and a pinch of salt. Sauté until soft about 20 minutes. Mince the garlic and add after about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile fill a large pot with water and a generous scoop of salt. Bring to a boil and add the pasta.

Once the squash is soft, add all the ingredients to a blender with one cup of vegetable stock. Reserve the pan. Blend for about a minute on high.

Add the cooked pasta to the pan a serving at a time and add the squash mixture and a splash of the pasta water and stir together on low heat. Grate the cheese over the top and crumble the fried sage and pancetta over the top then serve.

You can reserve this sauce in the freezer for about a month to pull out and toss with pasta for a quick meal.

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