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Butternut Carbonara with Pancetta & Sage

Butternut squash makes a smooth and creamy pasta sauce, that pairs wonderfully with salty bacon and fragrant fresh sage.

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Allow squash to simmer in broth until very tender.

Puree in batches (if necessary) until smooth then return to skillet.

Add just enough of the reserved pasta water to loosen the mixture, until you get the consistency you desire for your sauce.

Butternut Carbonara with Pancetta & Sage
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Serves: 4
Butternut squash makes a smooth and creamy pasta sauce, that pairs wonderfully with salty bacon and fragrant fresh sage.
Ingredients
  • 4 oz GF pancetta, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh sage, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • ½ large butternut squash, seeded, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups GF chicken broth
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated (optional)
Instructions
  1. Boil your favorite GF pasta in salted water until al dente. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water.
  2. Fry pancetta in until crisp, add sage and cook for another 20 seconds (careful not to burn the leaves!). Set aside on a paper towel to drain.
  3. In a large skillet, sauté squash, onion and garlic with oil, until onion is soft. Add broth and simmer until liquid is reduced by half and squash is tender, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly, purée in a food processor until smooth, then return to skillet.
  4. Add cheese and season with salt and pepper. Stir in ¼ cup of the reserved pasta water at a time, until you reach the consistency you want for a sauce.
  5. Stir in pasta, pancetta and sage, tossing until combined.

 

3 Responses to Butternut Carbonara with Pancetta & Sage

  1. Ruth May 17, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    What is pancetta and where does one find it? Ruth

    • Marla Hingley
      Marla Hingley May 18, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

      Pancetta is a thinly sliced Italian bacon, and is found in the deli section (pre-packaged or cut to serve). Just make sure it is gluten free.

  2. Debra May 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    I am making this tonight, it solves both my food problems, gluten and dairy

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