Penne with Butternut Squash and Sage #pastanight

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Pasta night is probably my favorite night of the week.  I am a total pasta nut and I love trying out new recipes.  I also like to make sure the food I am eating provides health benefits too so I love the Barilla Better for You pastas.  My favorite is definitely the Barilla Plus {hint: it is the yellow bow} penne pasta and my kids love it too.  My kids don’t eat a lot of meat so I am always trying to make sure they get enough protein.  One box of Barilla Plus has about the same amount of protein as 11 eggs so I feel great about serving it each week.
On my way home from work one evening, I stopped in our local Giant food store to pick up the ingredients I needed to make penne with butternut squash and sage. Pasta in Small Bowl Top View with label I love adding in fresh vegetables and herbs into my pasta dishes and I was dying to make a fall vegetable pasta.  Butternut squash is my favorite so it seemed like the obvious thing to start with.

What You’ll Need:

1 box Barilla Plus penne pasta
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup diced pancetta
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
12 Tbsp unsalted butter
12 sage leaves
3/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 cup reserved pasta water
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese {plus more for garnish if desired}

Let’s Make It:

1)  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2)  Toss butternut squash with 3 Tbsp of olive oil.

Butternut Squash Cubes_wm

Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and season with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper.  Bake for 20 minutes or until fork tender.

3)  Cook pasta according to the package directions, subtracting 2 minutes from the al dente cooking time.  Drain, reserving 1 cup of pasta water.

Cooked Barilla Penne Pasta_wm

4)  Melt 1 Tbsp of butter in a large saute pan.  Add pancetta and cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until crisp.  Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel.  Add onion and garlic to the pan and saute for 5 minutes.  Remove from pan and to pancetta.

5)  Melt remaining butter in saute pan over medium heat.  Add sage leaves and toast for 1-2 minutes or until crisp.

Sage leaves for pasta_wm

6)  Ladle in reserved pasta water; stir well and then simmer for 5 minutes.  Grind in 1/2 tsp black pepper.

7)  Add pasta, squash, pancetta and onion mixture to the pan.  Toss to coat and cook for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese.

Pasta with Box_wm Pasta in Large Bowl_wm Pasta overhead view_wm Finished Pasta in Small Bowl_wm
Do you have pasta night each week? What is your favorite shape of pasta?

Visit Barilla on Facebook to find out more about their Better for You pasta options like whole grain and veggie in addition to my favorite, Barilla Plus.

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  1. Looks delicious! Pinned The pics are really nice.

  2. WOW, that looks amazing… YUMMY

  3. This looks great!! There’s no better combination than butternut squash and sage :) and I LOVE pasta!
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  4. This looks so good! I haven’t tried squash with my husband or kids in years–maybe this will win them over.
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  5. perfect colors and comfort foods for fall!!!
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  6. This looks absolutely delightful, and I’m not even a fan of butternut squash. I love how you incorporated the Pancetta and the Sage. Yummmmm!
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  7. This looks simple and amazing!!!

  8. This looks super delicious! I know I’m trying your recipe. I love Barilla pastas too & use them all the time. The whole wheat pasta is great.
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  9. Whoa, that looks crazy delicious. I love how you incorporated the squash into a pasta dish! YUMMY!
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  10. I love pasta too and this recipe looks dreamy!! Yum!
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  11. That looks and sounds delicious, and your photos are perfection!
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  12. I have tried Penne but I think I would like this spruced up version better.
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  13. Yum! I have seen a ton of delicious squash recipes around the internet lately. I am planning on trying them all.

  14. I love parmesan cheese and Barilla products are the best! Thanks for sharing a great recipe!
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  15. YUMMM..this is my kind of dish and I love pasta… we still have some butternut squash so I know what will be in my future soon… Thanks for a great recipe, can’t wait to try it
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  16. I love the colors in this dish!! It looks so pretty for fall!! May have to give this a try this weekend!!
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  17. We don’t eat pasta every night, but we do eat it often. Pasta is such a great meal! This butternut dish looks great.
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    • Shannah Coe says:

      Haha…we try to limit it to once per week but, with two kids, it can be hard because they love pasta.

  18. Looks totally delicious~I must make it!
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  19. Yum, this sounds delicious. This is the 4 the squash recipe in a row I’ve looked at tonight
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  20. So much butternut squash lately… I think it must be a sign and this looks divine.
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  21. I love pasta and this look delicious although I’d probably have to adapt slightly because I don’t like onions. Otherwise, yum!
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  22. drooling on the keyboard at the moment. That looks amazing!
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  23. Yes! I really love the taste of butternut squash and pasta together!
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  24. This looks really delicious! :)
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  25. that looks delicious, I love the freshness of the ingredients you chose.
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  26. It looks DELISH! I will have to try this one! Thanks for sharing.
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  27. Each fall I threaten to make a squash recipe but always shy away from it. This is the fall I will boldly squash forward.
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  28. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! I’m totally a pasta nut too. As soon as I warm up to squash, I’ll be sure to give your recipe a whirl. Thanks for staying awesome Shannah!

  29. This looks amazing! I have pinned it to my Fall recipes board to try later. Thanks for sharing on the DBB.
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  30. No we don’t have a specific pasta night.. If we want pasta then its made if not something else is made.. but my favorite pasta is just Spaghetti…
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    • Shannah Coe says:

      I don’t know how we ended up into a pasta night routine. My family just loves pasta so it seemed natural.

  31. Yum! What a great, hearty fall meal!
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  32. That’s a very tasty looking dish!
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