Orecchiette with Butternut Squash and Sage

Orecchiette with Butternut Squash and Sage

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  • Coarse salt

  • 12

    ounces orecchiette

  • 2

    tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

  • 1

    small butternut squash, halved and peeled, seeds and pulp scooped and reserved, flesh cut into ½-inch pieces (4 cups)

  • 3

    tablespoons unsalted butter

  • ¼

    cup packed fresh sage leaves

  • 1⅓

    cups whole-milk ricotta, for serving

  • Poppy seeds, for serving


Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente. Reserve 1 cup pasta water; drain. 2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large straight-sided skillet over medium heat. Add squash seeds and pulp. Cook, stirring occasionally, until seeds puff and turn golden, 10 minutes. Season with salt; transfer to a plate. Add 2 tablespoons butter to skillet; melt. Add sage and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 2 minutes. Transfer to another plate. Add squash flesh to skillet. Season with salt, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 10 minutes. 3. Stir in pasta, 1/2 cup pasta water, and remaining 1 tablespoon butter. Simmer until thickened slightly, about 2 minutes. Add more pasta water, a few tablespoons at a time, until pasta is evenly coated; season with salt. Top with squash pulp and seeds, sage leaves, ricotta, and poppy seeds. Drizzle with oil and serve.


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