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Penne Pasta & Squash Fill 1 Created with Sketch.

with Kale & Ricotta Cheese

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    30-40 mins
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    Est. 690 calories Group 22 Created with Sketch.
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This pasta dish celebrates delicata squash, among our favorite seasonal ingredients. (Unlike many cool-weather squash, its skin is tender enough to eat, which makes for easy cooking!) We’re roasting the squash to bring out its delicious sweetness, then stirring it into the pasta along with sautéed kale and mascarpone cheese. (You may receive green curly, lacinato, or red Russian kale!) Dollops of ricotta cheese complete each bowl with a final layer of creaminess.


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Prepare & roast the squash:
1 Prepare & roast the squash:

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil. Wash and dry the squash. Quarter lengthwise; using a spoon, scoop out and discard the pulp and seeds. Cut the squash crosswise into ½-inch-thick pieces. Place on the prepared sheet pan. Top with a drizzle of olive oil and as much of the red pepper flakes as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Season with salt and pepper; toss to thoroughly coat. Arrange in a single layer. Roast 24 to 26 minutes, or until lightly browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven; set aside in a warm place.

2 Prepare the remaining ingredients & season the ricotta:

While the squash roasts, wash and dry the kale. Remove and discard the kale stems; roughly chop the leaves. Peel and roughly chop the garlic. In a bowl, combine the ricotta cheese and a drizzle of olive oil; season with salt and pepper to taste.

3 Cook the pasta:

While the squash continues to roast, add the pasta to the pot of boiling water. Cook 11 to 13 minutes, or until just shy of al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat. Reserving ½ cup of the pasta cooking water, drain thoroughly and return to the pot.

4 Cook the kale:

While the pasta cooks, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the kale and ¼ cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 4 to 5 minutes, or until the kale has wilted and the water has cooked off. Turn off the heat; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the kale:
Finish the pasta:
5 Finish the pasta:

To the pot of cooked pasta, add the roasted squash, cooked kale, butter, and half the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook on medium-high, stirring vigorously, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly combined and the pasta is coated. (If the sauce seems dry, gradually add the remaining pasta cooking water to achieve your desired consistency.) Turn off the heat and stir in the mascarpone cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

6 Plate your dish:

Divide the finished pasta between 2 dishes. Top with the seasoned ricotta. Enjoy!

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