I'm the newest member of Pimp My Dinner (thanks Kendee!) - so here is a recipe for a yummy pasta recipe that uses butternut squash as the main ingredient. The spices make it extra delish and it's perfect for a fall or winter day. It was pretty easy - the hardest part is cutting up the squash :)
1 tablespoon olive oil (plus more for the end)
1 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups uncooked penne pasta (I just did an entire box of pasta so it was prob. more pasta than listed here)
1. Cook the pasta according to its directions.
2. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, red pepper, and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Add squash; sauté 10-20 minutes (until it's soft enough to eat, not too hard). Stir in sage, nutmeg, allspice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper; remove from heat.
3. Mix the pasta with the squash/spice mixture, then add just enough olive oil to lightly dress the pasta. Enjoy!
(adapted from a Cooking Light recipe)