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Bake a split Butternut Squash until cooked but with the meat firm - not mushy.
Sautee some chopped onions with garlic, butter, and olive oil. Then toss in 1-2" cubes of the peeled squash, with salt and pepper, a teaspoon or two of sugar, and chopped sage, and sautee it all together for a little while, but don't let the squash cubes disintegrate. Add more butter and oil, and a little water, if it gets too dry.
Some people like to add hunks of turkey sausage, and some like to add a splash of brandy.
I think this sauce works best with a chunky pasta like Farfalle.
As I remind people, always stir pasta with the sauce in the sautee pan before serving. That's why they make big sautee pans - to mix the sauce with the pasta. Sauce plopped on top is not the right way to do it.
Top with a sprinkling of parmesan and some pignolis.
I ate butternut squash ravioli with butter and sage at a restaurant in Santa Monica, seated at a table next to Ted Danson and Mary Steenbergen.
Actually, Ted had his back to us. But I was looking at Mary, and a first I commented to my husband that the lady at the next table was really pretty. Then I said that she looked like Mary Steenbergen. And then, of course, I realized that it was Mary S.
I ran into Johnny Depp on the same Santa Monica trip; or I should say he literally ran into me on the way from his bank to his limo.
2 1/2 Lbs. Butternut Squash peeled, seeded, cut in chunks
5 Cups chicken stock
1 Cup chopped onion
3/4 cup white part of scallions
Combine squash, stock, onion & scallions, simmer till squash is tender. Puree mixture in a blender.
Add 2 Cups 1/2 & 1/2 (or condensed milk) reheat but do not boil
(thicken slightly with cornstarch, salt & pepper to taste)
NO other spices!
The Elephant's Child
I like the way you first described it. Baked @350 with butter and brown sugar, eat the skin and all.