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Rigati with Butternut Squash & Mushrooms


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  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 20 oz Cleaned & Cut Butternut Squash
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cups Parmesan Cream Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 5 oz Sliced Shiitake Mushrooms
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 pkg Rigati
  • 2 Tbsp Parmigiano-Reggiano Grated Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp thinly sliced Italian Parsley
  • Crushed red pepper, for garnish


Cooking time 70mins


Step 1

•Preheat oven to 350 degrees. and olive oil to large bowl. Mix to combine. Add squash; toss to coat. Arrange in single layer on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Roast 30-45 min, turning halfway through, until browned and tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

•Transfer squash to food processor; process 2-3 min, occasionally scraping down sides, until pureed. Add squash puree and cream sauce to mixing bowl; whisk to blend. Set aside.

•Heat olive oil in braising pan on MED-HIGH. Add mushrooms; season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 8 min, until soft and browned. Add garlic; cook, stirring, 2 min. Reduce heat to LOW; add squash mixture. Stir. Let simmer while pasta cooks.

•Add pasta to stockpot of boiling, salted water; cook about 6 min, until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving hot pasta water.

•Combine pasta and squash mixture; stir to evenly coat pasta. Add up to 1 1/2 cups reserved pasta water to adjust creaminess and texture. Add grated cheese and parsley; sprinkle generously with black pepper. Serve with crushed red pepper flakes.

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