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Creamy Spicy Cheesy Butternut Penne


So I’ve gone for rather an unconventional name for this dish, but I think its much more to the point than ‘creamy butternut squash, parmesan, chilli and thyme penne’. The consistency and spiciness of the sauce is pretty much up to your preference. Like it fiery hot, add more cayenne or perhaps some fresh chillies, seeds and all for the brave! For more indulgence, add extra cream, cheese and olive oil. Or if you’ve got a hankering for herbs, up the thyme content.


2 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole

3-4 small shallots, peeled and quartered

500g butternut squash, peeled and cubed

1 tsp dried thyme

1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/3 cup dry white wine

250g whole wheat penne or fusilli

1 heaped tbsp sour cream

plenty of grated parmesan

salt and black pepper

olive oil


(preheat oven to 180*c)

– place the butternut squash, shallots and garlic onto a baking tray and toss in a little olive oil

– season and sprinkle with thyme and cayenne

– roast in the oven for around 20 minutes, until tender, then pour the wine into the tray and continue to roast for 5 minutes, or until evaporated


– meanwhile, bring a large pot of well-salted water to the boil

– cook the penne for 10 minutes for ‘al dente’ or 12 is you prefer a softer pasta

– while the pasta cooks, blitz the butternut squash, shallots and garlic in a blender with the soured cream, a handful of parmesan and a glut of olive oil

– when the pasta is cooked, retain some of the starchy water, then drain in a colander

– return the pasta to the pan and spoon over the butternut puree

– ladle in a little of the pasta’s cooking water and an extra glut of olive oil to loosen the sauce if needed

– divide between the plates, sprinkle generously with parmesan and season with black pepper

(serves 3)



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One comment on “Creamy Spicy Cheesy Butternut Penne

  1. alifemoment
    August 11, 2014

    This pasta looks delicious! 🙂

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This entry was posted on August 11, 2014 by in Dinner, Italian, Lunch, Pasta, Spicy, Vegetarian.
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