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Monday, November 26, 2007

Leek and Butternut Squash Fettuccine

What a wonderful long weekend! We were able to spend a lot of time with family and also get a lot of work done around the house. I did quite a few craft projects and felt so relaxed. I'm eager to get back into the routine of a normal work week though.

Here is an awesome pasta dish made with whole-wheat fettuccine and a sauce made from pureed butternut squash and leeks. It also contained sage. With our herbs now moved inside, it was a perfect way to use the sage.

Next time, I would cut down on the heavy cream and use skim milk instead as the sauce was a bit heavy in fat. On the side, we sauteed broccoli and garlic, a "go-to" veggie dish for us.

Here's the recipe from The Cottage Gourmet:

Spinach Fettuccine with Leeks and Butternut Squash
(4 servings)

3 tbsp unsalted butter
4 medium leeks, halved and thinly sliced crosswise
1 medium butternut squash, diced in ½-inch pieces
¼ cup vegetable broth
1 cup heavy cream
6 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
1 lb. fresh spinach fettuccine
¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper

Bring a large pot of water to boil for the pasta. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat, add leeks and cook for 5 minutes. Add butternut squash and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Add vegetable broth, cover pan and steam the vegetables until just tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cream and sage until mixed well, remove from heat.

Salt the boiling water and add fettuccine and cook until al dente, 3 minutes for fresh pasta or 10 minutes for dried pasta. Drain and return to the pot. Add the squash-leek sauce and the Parmesan cheese. Toss well. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer all to a large, warmed bowl or platter and serve immediately. Pass extra grated cheese for topping. For variety, try adding freshly ground nutmeg.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving, you guys! Your squash pasta looks spectacular . . . and strangely cheese-like!

    Please come to my blog and cast your vote in the great Christmas Cookie Conundrum of 2007. :) Thanks!

  2. oh this sounds warm, cozy and delicious!! and i love the color.

  3. I have visited your page three times now catching up on all the good food. My mouth keeps watering over the look of this awesome squash pasta.

  4. Oh yummy, sage and butternut squash are so great together.

  5. Oooooh, I haven't had enough leek or butternut goodness in my life lately!


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