ROASTED SQUASH & SAGE

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For edition #9 of Cook with Coco we give you a hearty, healthy and comforting dish that’s perfect all year around. From those lazy and hazy summer days, to those cooler, cosy Autumn nights, this humble butternut squash recipe is here to help soothe the soul.

1 medium butternut squash peeled and diced

3 tablespoons olive oil

8 sage leaves

12 ounces of any pasta

1 1/2 cups water or vegetable stock

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 cup diced yellow onion

2 cloves garlic minced

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Step 1 Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water and add the butternut squash. Cook until soft, about 12-15 minutes.

Step 2 While the squash is cooking, fry the sage leaves. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat until surface is shimmering slightly. Add a few leaves at a time and cook until crisp, but still bright green, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Season with salt. Set aside.

Step 3 Using a large slotted spoon, carefully remove the squash from the water and place in a large bowl. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package instructions.

Step 4 Place the cooked butternut squash in a large food processor or blender. Puree the squash until smooth. Add water or broth and puree until the sauce reaches your desired consistency. You may need a little more or a little less water depending on the size of your squash.

Step 5 In a large deep skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until soft, 3-5 minutes. Add pureed butternut squash. Stir in the Parmesan cheese. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper.

Step 6 Add the pasta and stir until pasta is well coated. Chop two of the sage leaves and stir them into the pasta. Serve the pasta with remaining fried sage leaves and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese, if that tickles your fancy.