Sunday, February 28, 2010

Vegetable fettuccine with butternut squash and white wine sauce

This was a great experiment one night. It does take a bit of prep work, but I did it on a work night. Very tasty and healthy, too!

Vegetable fettuccine with butternut squash and white wine sauce
By Curtis Stone
Serves 4


For the sauce
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1/2 onion, roughly diced
• 1 clove garlic, chopped rough
• 2 cups diced butternut squash, skin removed
• 1/2 cup white wine
• 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
For the pasta
• 1 pound fettuccine noodles
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1/2 onion, julienned
• 1 leek, white part only, cut in half lengthwise and cut across into thin ribbons
• 1 clove garlic, chopped fine
• 1 small fennel bulb, julienned
• 1 cup snow peas, ends trimmed and cut in half diagonally
• 1/2 cup white wine
• 4 tablespoons whole butter, small diced
• 1 small block of Parmesan Reggiano, for grating
• 1/4 cup chopped chives

Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat.

Add the oil and sweat the onion for 2 minutes, stirring often, then add the garlic and the squash and saute for 1 minute.

Add the white wine to the pan and allow to reduce by half, then add the chicken stock.

Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cover with a lid.

Simmer gently for 20 minutes or until the squash has become soft.

Remove the pan from the heat and puree the squash with the cooking liquid in a blender until smooth. If the puree is too thick, thin out with a little water.

Strain the puree through a fine-mesh strainer, season to taste with salt and pepper and reserve.

While the squash is cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to the boil.

Once the puree is made, add the pasta to the water and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente.

While the pasta is cooking, heat a large saute pan over medium heat.

Add the oil to the pan and sweat the onions and leek for 2 minutes, stirring often.

Add the garlic and fennel to the pan and continue cooking for an additional 3 minutes.

Add the snow peas and the wine and allow the wine to reduce by half, then add the sauce to the pan and mix well.

Strain the pasta into a colander set in the sink, then add the drained pasta to the pan of vegetables and sauce.

Add the butter and, using a pair of tongs, toss well to mix and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Using a two-pronged meat carving fork, swirl a quarter of the pasta onto the fork and mound the pasta onto the center of a warm pasta bowl in a spiral shape, then repeat with remaining pasta and bowls.

Spoon the remaining vegetables from the pan evenly over the pasta in the 4 serving bowls.

Using a vegetable peeler, shave some Parmesan onto each bowl of pasta and garnish with the fresh chives.

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