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Tagliatelle with Squash

Acorn squash and crushed Italian cookies adorn chef Cesare Casella's tagliatelle recipe, giving it a sweet-and-salty fall flavor.




  • 2 medium acorn squash, cut into eighths, seeds removed
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, skin-on, crushed
  • 1 large sprig fresh sage
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons store-bought low-sodium vegetable stock
  • Pinch of garam masala
  • 3/4 pound dried tagliatelle
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, plus more for serving
  • 2 small Amaretti di Saronno cookies, crushed


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

  2. Step 2

    Place squash in a large bowl and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Arrange squash, skin-side down, on a baking sheet and bake until tender, 50 to 60 minutes. Let cool slightly.

  3. Step 3

    When squash is cool enough to handle, remove skins and any burnt tips using a paring knife. Cut squash pieces into thirds and set aside.

  4. Step 4

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add 1/2 cup salt and return to a boil.

  5. Step 5

    Heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large high-sided nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and sage; cook until garlic is toasted. Add squash and cook, without stirring, until it begins to caramelize, about 5 minutes. Add vegetable stock and garam masala; let simmer.

  6. Step 6

    Add tagliatelle to boiling water; cook, according to package directions, until al dente; drain, reserving 1/4 cup pasta cooking water.

  7. Step 7

    Remove garlic and sage from skillet; add pasta. If sauce seems too dry, add pasta cooking water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until sauce coats pasta. Add chives, parsley, and cheese; cook for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  8. Step 8

    Transfer pasta to a large bowl or serving platter; garnish with crushed cookies, pepper, and cheese. Serve immediately.

The Martha Stewart Show, October 2010



Reviews (1)

  • elliela 24 Dec, 2010

    This recipe is easy and so delicious. My family raved the first time I made and raved again the next time. I omitted the cookies, because I didn't feel it needed it. One time, I didn't have fresh squash on hand, so I used cubed frozen butternut squash and it came out great, too. I couldn't find tagliatelle at my store, so I used linguine. Worked fine. It's unusual and so tasty.