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Kerchief Pasta with Caramelized Squash and Fresh Herbs

Kerchief Pasta with Caramelized Squash and Fresh Herbs

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Seasoned with fresh sage and parsley plus a hint of nutmeg, this warming pasta dish is perfect for an autumn supper. A sprinkling of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese adds the finishing touch. To prepare a vegetarian version of this dish, use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.


  • 9 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 kabocha or butternut squash, 2 1/2 to 3 lb., peeled, seeded and cut into
      1-inch dice
  • 2 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 Tbs. finely diced shallots
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh sage
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 lb. fresh pasta sheets, cut into 2-inch squares
  • 1 oz. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated


In a braiser over medium-high heat, melt 3 Tbs. of the butter. Add the squash in a single layer and cook, without stirring, until browned underneath, about 6 minutes. Stir the squash and cook until browned on all sides, about 4 minutes more. Add the sugar, broth, salt and pepper, cover and cook until the squash is tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Uncover and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the liquid evaporates and the squash is dark brown and glazed, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer the squash mixture to a bowl.

In the same pan over medium-high heat, melt the remaining 6 Tbs. butter until light brown spots appear, about 2 minutes. Add the shallots, nutmeg and sage and cook, stirring constantly, until the shallots begin to soften, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and parsley. Season with salt and pepper, then stir in the squash.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente, about 3 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking water. Add the pasta and the reserved cooking water to the squash mixture and toss to combine.

Transfer the pasta to a warmed large, shallow bowl and sprinkle with some of the cheese. Serve immediately and pass the remaining cheese alongside. Serves 4 to 6.
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