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Fast & Easy Dinner: Penne With Butternut Squash

Fast & Easy Dinner: Penne With Butternut Squash

Fall produce week continues, and today's featured ingredient is the beloved butternut squash. Although it has a thick skin, squash flesh roasts in a high-heat oven in less than 20 minutes.

Tossed with pasta, sage, and a creamy mascarpone sauce, this dish is decadent and delicious. If you are a vegetarian, simply omit the ham.

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Penne With Butternut Squash

Penne With Butternut Squash

Penne With Butternut Squash


  1. 1 butternut squash (about 2 pounds), peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch dice
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/8 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  5. 1 1/4 teaspoons dried sage
  6. 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  7. 1/2 cup half-and-half
  8. 3 scallions including green tops, chopped
  9. 3/4 pound penne
  10. 1/4 pound sliced smoked ham, such as Black Forest, cut into thin strips
  11. 1/4 cup grated Parmesan


  1. Heat the oven to 450°.
  2. Put the squash on a large baking sheet and toss with the oil, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, the pepper, and sage. Spread the squash out in a single layer. Roast, turning occasionally, until tender and starting to brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the mascarpone, half-and-half, scallions, and the remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the penne until just done, about 13 minutes.
  5. Reserve 1 cup of the pasta-cooking water and drain. Return the pasta to the hot pan.
  6. Stir in the squash, mascarpone sauce, and ham. If the sauce seems too thick, add some of the reserved pasta-cooking water. Serve topped with the Parmesan.

Serves 4.

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mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I made it without the ham this past week and was disappointed. I should've added more salt to make up omitting the ham.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
going to make it this week for family. without the ham. :) looks good!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
this is so up my alley! i think that i would love this becuase i don't have to change out a meat for something else :) i wonder if ricotta would be a good sub for the marscapone - but i don't know for sure.
suziryder suziryder 8 years
Ooo I looove butternut squash (I'm making your butternut squash and pomegranate salad tonight!!) and I'm always looking for interesting ways to make it. Last night I made penne pasta with pumpkin sauce, a recipe I found on the Martha Stewart website, and it was sooo good. And it used canned pumpkin so it was super easy. This recipe looks good too and I'll be sure to give it a whirl!
Mesayme Mesayme 8 years
It's been too long since I've been with man... the title got me excited...and I hate butternut squash :ROTFL: ...going back to church this Sunday...promise!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
hey thanks t!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
hey thanks t!
t-and-co t-and-co 8 years
Cravin -- You could try Part Skim Riccotta...Same creamy texture. :)
mtiger mtiger 8 years
I wish Yum would put nutritional info on the recipes!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
I love butternut squash!!!! Thanks to yum and party last year for convincing me through there posts i should try it. It's my new fav veggie and can't wait that it is coming back in season!!!! Is there a lower fat recipe for this party? perhaps a substitute for marscapone cheese? I have never cooked with it so I don't know if there is a substitute!
mtiger mtiger 8 years
This sounds soooo good! I think I'll try it this weekend!
t-and-co t-and-co 8 years
This sounds HEAVENLY, and so satisfying...Now if only my fiance would eat Butternut Squash. :rolls eyes:
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