APP, ENTREE, SIDE DISH, DESSERT?
FEEDS HOW MANY?
1-4 (makes good leftovers); scale up for crowds
FAST, WEEKNIGHT, WEEKEND?
Squash is heavy
Food processor, dutch oven
WHO I MADE IT FOR?
Ashley Deck–another roommate night dish. This is one of my ultimate favorite dishes
Desa–I gave pancetta a try instead of bacon; I thought the pancetta was a little too salty and it’s way easier to get bacon anyway
Whit, Kels, Pat, Travis, other people? I had a bunch of people over and made this dish. This is a great dish to make for a crowd
Adapted from Bon Appetit: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/winter-squash-carbonara-with-pancetta-and-sage
Bacon (the whole package OM NOM)
Buttercup squash (2 lbs, chopped into 1-2 inch chunk pieces)
Sage (1 tablespoon chopped)
Garlic (around 3 cloves minced, thank you, garlic press)
Chicken broth (2 cups)
Fettucine (1 lb, fresh from Bricco)
- Add some olive oil to the dutch oven. Cook bacon pieces (I use WAY more than the recommended 4 oz) until crispy then add chopped sage. Remove bacon and sage.
- Add squash, garlic, and onion and cook until onion is translucent.
- Add broth, bring to a boil, reduce and simmer for ~20 minutes until squash is soft.
- Blend squash, onion, garlic in food processor. Return to dutch oven when blended.
- Cook pasta al dente, reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
- Toss pasta with squash sauce and use pasta water to thin if needed. Add reserved bacon and sage.
BOTTOM LINE: Every person I’ve told to make this dish is hesitant and then is obsessed. It’s not the easiest weeknight meal, but perfect for a cold winter night.