Orecchiette with Roasted Butternut Squash, Collard Greens, and Caramelized Red Onion

Ingredients

  • large butternut squash, cut into small cubes, divided
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Salt and pepper, for seasoning
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 red onion, sliced thinly
  • ½ pound orecchiette pasta
  • 1 or 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth, divided
  • 1 bunch collard greens
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 ounce goat cheese, optional
  • 1 tablespoon chopped sage
  • Parmesan cheese, to serve

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Toss all but 1 cup of the butternut squash with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, pepper, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and the nutmeg. Roast until butternut squash pieces are tender and caramelized, about 30 minutes. Set aside.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook sliced red onions until caramelized, about 30 minutes. Set aside.

  3. Heat a pot of water over high heat until boiling. Salt water generously. Cook orecchiette according to package instructions until al dente.

  4. Meanwhile, heat another tablespoon of olive oil in a heavy pan over medium-high heat. Cook the remaining cup of butternut squash for approximately 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add 1/2 cup of the broth and cook until broth is almost completely absorbed.

  5. Remove the middle stems from the collard greens and roughly chop the leaves. Add collards to butternut squash and stir until collards have softened. Add caramelized red onions.

  6. Add white wine and cook for 2 minutes. Add remaining broth and reduce, about 10 minutes.

  7. Turn heat to low and add the heavy cream. When the pasta is al dente, add it to the pan with the sauce. Add the roasted butternut squash.

  8. Loosen sauce with pasta water if needed. Sprinkle with goat cheese (optional), sage, and Parmesan cheese.

 

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