Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Angel Hair with Butternut Squash, Mushrooms, and Spinach

My supermarket had a coupon for butternut squash recently. I've never cooked with butternut squash (I know, crazy) so I asked the ladies on my cooking board for recipe ideas. Coleen suggested this Pappardelle with Squash, Mushrooms and Spinach. I decided to swap out the pappardelle for angel hair (my current favorite) and hoped the mushrooms would win SP over.

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You guys, this was incredible. Simply amazing. For such a simple recipe this really packs and flavor punch. Everything works so well together. And it's a beautiful plate of food with the orange squash, brown mushrooms and green spinach. More fall colors than winter, but I guess it's still technically fall.

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I've mentioned before that Baby Girl is a good eater, but she surprised even me with this one. She had three servings. Three.

Angel Hair with Butternut Squash, Mushrooms, and Spinach
As seen on The Redhead Baker, slightly adapted from Bon Appetit

8 ounces angel hair
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
3 cups butternut squash, cut into 1/2" cubes (about one pound)
8 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and discarded, caps sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage (6 to 8 leaves)
6 ounce package baby spinach
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water. Reserve one cup of cooking liquid from the pasta pot, then drain.

While pasta is cooking, place 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the butternut squash to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, about 6 minutes or until the squash starts to soften.

Add the remaining butter and oil to the skillet, then add the mushrooms and the sage. Cook another 6 to 8 minutes, stirring often, until mushrooms soften and the squash is fork-tender.

Add the spinach to the pan and toss until the spinach wilts, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the pasta to the skillet. Toss to coat, adding 1/4-cup of the cooking water at a time to make a sauce.

Divide the pasta and veggies on four plates, and top each with more of the remaining grated Parmesan cheese.

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