Weeknight Dinners

Pasta With Butternut Squash and Sage Brown Butter

6 servings


25 minutes

total time


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (30ml)

1 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (450g; about 1/2 large squash)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons unsalted butter (30g)

1 small shallot, finely minced (about 1 ounce; 30g)

1 handful fresh sage leaves, finely minced (about 1/2 ounce; 15g)

1 tablespoon juice from 1 lemon (15ml)

1 pound small cupped, tubular, or ridged pasta such as orecchiette, penne, farfalle, or rotini (450g)

1 ounce grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (30g)


Heat olive oil in a large stainless steel or cast-iron skillet over high heat until very lightly smoking. Immediately add squash, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring and tossing occasionally, until well-browned and squash is tender, about 5 minutes. Add butter and shallots and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until butter is lightly browned and smells nutty, about 1 minute longer. Add sage and stir to combine (sage should crackle and let off a great aroma). Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, combine pasta with enough room temperature or hot water to cover by about 2 inches. Season with salt. Set over high heat and bring to a boil while stirring frequently. Cook, stirring frequently, until pasta is just shy of al dente, about 2 minutes less than the package directions. Drain pasta, reserving a couple cups of the starchy cooking liquid.

Add pasta to skillet with squash along with a splash of pasta water. Bring to a simmer over high heat and cook until the pasta is perfectly al dente, stirring and tossing constantly and adding a splash of water as needed to keep the sauce loose and shiny. Off heat, stir in Parmigiano-Reggiano. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper and texture with more pasta water as needed. Serve immediately, top with more cheese at the table.


Add leafy green like kale


Serving Size

Serves 4 to 6


251 kcal

Total Fat

11 g

Saturated Fat

4 g

Unsaturated Fat

0 g

Trans Fat



15 mg


410 mg

Total Carbohydrate

33 g

Dietary Fiber

4 g

Total Sugars

2 g


7 g

6 servings


25 minutes

total time
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