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butternut squash and chicken pasta

Recipe by
Lynette !
Gulf Breeze, FL

I love this pasta dish in the fall. The butternut squash just makes it feel right for that time of year.

yield 6 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Roast

Ingredients For butternut squash and chicken pasta

  • 9 oz
    cavatappi pasta, uncooked
  • cooking spray
  • 12 oz
    chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3/4 tsp
    kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 tsp
    black pepper, freshly ground, divided
  • 1 c
    unsalted chicken stock
  • 1/3 c
    mascarpone cheese
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 c
    butternut squash, peeled and cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 c
    shallots, sliced 1 inch thick
  • 3 clove
    garlic, thinly sliced
  • 7 oz
    shiitake mushroom caps, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    fresh chives, chopped

How To Make butternut squash and chicken pasta

  • 1
    Cook the pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.
  • 2
    Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat;coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Add the chicken to the pan; saute 4 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, mascarpone, and 2 tablespoons parsley.
  • 3
    While the pasta is cooking begin preheating the oven to 450 degrees. While preheating, combine the butternut squash, shallots, garlic, and shiitake mushrooms. Drizzle the mixture with 1 tablespoon olive oil; toss.
  • 4
    Transfer the squash mixture to a small roasting pan; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoons black pepper. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender.
  • 5
    Add the vegetable mixture to the pasta mixture. Cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with chives and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper.