One of my friends had given a book 'The Vegetarian Table - Italy' by Food and Wine Books. Author of this book is Julia Della Croce. I had misplaced that book for couple of years and I found it couple of days back. There was a side dish based on butternut squash, olives. I used that base to make pasta as a main course. I loved the final product. Here goes my take on this..
- Medium sized pasta like penne, rotini, macaroni of your choice (I used whole wheat rotini) - 1 1/2 cups
- Tomato sauce - 1/3 cup
- Butternut squash - 1/2 of a medium sized skin and seeds removed and diced into 1 inch cubes.
- Red onion - 1 big diced into chunks
- Garlic - 2 pods crushed
- Olive oil - 3 TBSP
- Salt - to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper - to taste (I used about 1 TBSP)
- Cayenne pepper - 1/2 tsp or to taste
- Olives - Drained and sliced about 1/3 cup
- Thyme - 1 tsp if fresh or 1/2 tsp dry (I used dry)
In a large skillet, heat olive oil. Add crushed garlic, stir for a 30 seconds. Add chopped onions. Some salt and cook till onions are done. Now add the diced butternut squash, stir. Add about 1/2 cup of water and cover and let it cook. Meanwhile, bring a big pot of water to which salt is added generously. Add the pasta and cook till al-dente (About 8- 10 minutes). Drain and reserve some pasta water (about 1/2 cup). When butternut squash is cooked, add olives, tomato sauce, pepper powder, cayenne powder, thyme and stir. Bring it to a slow simmer and add the cooked pasta. Add some pasta water to form a sauce with the vegetables. (Don't worry, it'll be absorbed by the time it is done) Adjust the seasonings and cover the lid and simmer for 2 - 3 minutes and turn off the heat. Serve hot or warm. Left overs can be warmed and served. This was a hearty meal by itself.
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