Butternut & Parsley Penne

Butternut & Parsley Penne
  • 4Servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds pre-cut butternut squash cubes or 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup EVOO, plus more for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper
  • Freshly grated or ground nutmeg
  • 1 pound whole-wheat or whole-grain penne rigate
  • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, stems and leaves separated, each finely chopped
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 piece (1 inch) fresh ginger, peeled, then grated or finely chopped
  • 1 chile pepper, such as Fresno or jalapeno, finely chopped, or 1 tsp. crush red pepper
  • 1 bunch scallions, whites and greens separated, each finely chopped
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • A handful grated grana padano or parmigiano-reggiano cheese, plus more for garnish


Preheat the oven to 475 degrees . On a baking sheet, drizzle the squash with some of the EVOO; season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Roast until just tender and brown at the edges, about 17 to 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt it, add the penne and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta; reserve 1 cup of starchy cooking water.

While the pasta is cooking, heat 1/4 cup EVOO in a large skillet , four turns of the pan, over medium-high. Add the parsley stems, garlic, ginger, chile and scallion whites; swirl 2 to 3 minutes. Add the stock and reduce heat to simmer. Add half a ladleful of the pasta cooking water to the sauce. Add the pasta, parsley leaves, scallion greens, squash and cheese to the skillet. Stir to combine. Adjust the seasonings.