This simple, hearty pasta recipe is courtesy of Scott Conant.



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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place butternut squash on a rimmed baking sheet and toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil; season with salt. Transfer to oven and roast until squash is browned and tender, about 15 minutes.

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Generously salt water and return to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente, according to package directions. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Set pasta and reserved cooking liquid aside.

  • Meanwhile, heat remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add pancetta and cook until just crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Add shallots, crushed red pepper, and sage. Cook until shallots are soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Add penne and squash and toss gently, adding reserved pasta cooking liquid as necessary to moisten.

  • Add cheese and black pepper and cook, tossing gently, until pasta and squash are heated through. Serve immediately with more grated cheese, if desired.

Reviews (5)

76 Ratings
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How would this work as a prepared dish for a potluck? Can i put it in a casserole dish and reheat?
Rating: 4 stars
Very good fall recipe. Definitely roast the butternut squash longer--it's more flavorful with a little caramelization. And go heavy on the pecorino romano at the end. Yum.
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Absolutely fabulous!! I used bacon and a half an onion instead of pancetta and shallots and it was delicious. I have 2 twenty-something boys and they could not get enough. One change -- you must cook the squash about a half an hour.
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I used bacon instead of pancetta. I thought it was ok. I think I might puree half of the squash next time to have a cremier sauce for the pasta.
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This has turned out to be one of the favorite recipes in our house - my husband requests it all the time! It truly is a great pasta recipe that's fairly easy and so good!