Craving comfort food? Look no further because we have a recipe you’re going to love! Our Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Garlic & Sage Tahini Kefir Sauce combines sweet and savory flavors for a delicious meal that your family is bound to request for next month’s Thanksgiving feast. This dish features butternut squash, a mild, naturally sweet vegetable (in the culinary sense) that’s botanically a fruit. Squash can have complex identities! It has many health benefits including vitamin C for immune health, fiber for digestive health, and antioxidants to protect cells in the body. We cubed roasted butternut squash and paired it with a tender penne pasta coated in a Garlic & Sage Tahini Kefir Sauce, a zesty blend of fresh herbs and our plain kefir. Tahini is a great source of phosphorus and manganese for healthy bones and our plain kefir has 12 live and active probiotic cultures, which may balance the gut microbiome. When you’re cooking with kefir, the pasta-bilities are endless.
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Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta
- 1 box penne or bow tie pasta
- 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 medium red onion, chopped
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- ½ teaspoon ground allspice
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Garlic & Sage Tahini Kefir Sauce
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2-3 sage leaves, finely chopped
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tbsp tahini
- 4-6 tbsp Plain Lowfat Kefir
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- On a baking sheet combine butternut squash, onion, garlic, allspice, sea salt, pepper, and olive oil. Toss until veggies are coated and spread evenly on the baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes, toss and then roast for another 10-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package instructions and drain.
- Make the tahini sauce by whisking everything together in a small bowl.
- To assemble: add the pasta, veggies, and cilantro into a large bowl. Add tahini sauce and toss carefully. Serve warm with additional salt.
- You can also add in Farmer Cheese!