The arrival of autumn can bring many things that we’d rather not have – winter squash and cosy pastas don’t fall under that umbrella. A great weeknight dish for the family, or portion it out to enjoy for lunch throughout the week and as with pretty much all pasta recipes, it can be enjoyed hot or cold so you do you.
Butternut squash pastaPrint This
- 125g cashew nuts
- 500g butternut squash, cut into small chunks
- 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 white onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 courgette, sliced and quartered
- 350g rigatoni pasta [or pasta of choice]
- 200g fresh spinach
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 pinches ground nutmeg
- 80g grated cheese [dairy or dairy-free]
- 150ml milk [dairy or dairy-free]
- 100ml water [reserved from cooking the pasta]
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp miso paste
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Fresh basil to garnish
- Optional – 2 tbsp parmesan
 Begin by covering the cashew nuts with boiling water and leaving to soak for 25-30 minutes.
 Next place the butternut squash chunks into a pan and cover them with water. Place on a medium heat and leave to boil for 20 minutes.
 In a second pan get the pasta boiling in water on a medium heat and cook as per instructions, and then in a third pan add the olive oil and diced onion.
 Fry the onion for a few minutes before adding the garlic and courgette. Cook for a few minutes more before adding the spinach. Place a lid on the pan and allow the spinach to wilt completely.
 Once the pasta is cooked drain it, reserving 100ml of the water and rinse with cold water.
 To prepare the sauce drain the cooked butternut squash and cashew nuts and place them in a blender along with the nutritional yeast, ground nutmeg, grated cheese, milk, pasta water, paprika, miso paste and salt and blend until smooth.
 Simply add the pasta and butternut squash sauce to the pan with the spinach and combine. Heat through for a few minutes.
 If adding parmesan stir through before serving. Serve with fresh basil, a pinch of pepper and a dusting of extra nutritional yeast should you wish. Enjoy!