This right here may be the perfect late fall/early winter dish – it’s seasonal, warm, comforting, and (most importantly) delicious. Oh, it’s also pretty easy too.
Baked Shells with Winter Squash
Recipe adapted from Everyday Food
(Martha calls it “a grown up alternative to mac-n-cheese.”)
- Butter, for baking dish
- Olive oil
- Dried sage
- 1 large onion, grated
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 1 pound small pasta shells
- 1 butternut squash
- 3 oz. goat cheese
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the squash in half, remove seeds, and cut in half again. Drizzle olive oil on the squash and rub with sage, salt, and pepper. Roast, cut side down, until soft.
Butter a casserole dish. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions; season with salt and pepper. Cover; cook until onions are soft and release liquid, 15 minutes. Stir in rosemary.
Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water 2 minutes less than package instructions suggest. Drain, reserving 1 1/2 cups cooking water. Return pasta to pot.
Stir squash and reserved pasta water into onions; simmer 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup Parmesan and goat cheese to the squash mixture, toss with pasta. Transfer to prepared dish.
Combine panko with remaining Parmesan, season with salt and pepper. Top pasta with panko mixture; bake until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes.
Friday, December 11, 2009 at 11:38 am
This sounds just wonderful. I may have to give it a try!
Friday, December 11, 2009 at 11:46 am
Also, in addition to the other perks noted in your tags, there is also, I bet–make a day ahead, pop in the oven when company comes!
Love any new idea for butternut…Such a great winter food, and easy to find organic, inexpensive, and local! (All three! woo!)
Friday, December 11, 2009 at 7:06 pm
I love butternut squash and I love mac-n-cheese. I will have to try this!