Crispy Kale, Roasted Butternut Squash & Tomato Pappardelle

October  6, 2016
2 Ratings
Photo by Posie Harwood
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Inspired loosely from an old Barilla pasta recipe, this is perfect fall comfort food. The textures are particularly great: soft, wilted tomatoes, golden roasted butternut squash, and crispy kale. Feel free to use a different shape of pasta if you like. —Posie (Harwood) Brien

What You'll Need
  • 1 pound dried pappardelle pasta
  • 1/2 bunch kale, washed and stems removed
  • 2 pints cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine, optional (sub water if you prefer)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • olive oil for drizzling
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Drizzle the cherry tomatoes and cubed butternut squash liberally with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Arrange in one layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until the tomatoes wilt and squash browns on the edges (the smaller you cube your squash, the crispier the edges will get, which I like!). This will take about 20-30 minutes, so start checking after 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, tear the kale leaves into small pieces and drizzle them liberally with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Arrange in a single layer on another rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until crispy. They burn easily so start checking after 10 minutes.
  4. Set the cooked vegetables aside. Bring a large pot of well-salted water to boil. Add the pasta and cook until just shy of al dente. Drain the pasta and set aside, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water.
  5. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook until softened and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the white wine (or use water) and cook until the liquid is almost fully reduced.
  6. Add the cooked pasta and the reserved pasta water and toss together, cooking for about a minute.
  7. Remove from the heat and toss with the vegetables. Top each plate with a bit of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

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3 Reviews

salena January 3, 2018
Good in winter too! This is even good for someone (like me) who isn't a fan of kale. This is an excellent dish.
Jennifer N. April 18, 2017
This is wonderful (though with half the pasta-try Trader Joe's pappardelle). Next time I make it, I will add a few tbsp of pine nuts. Thanks!!
stephanieRD October 18, 2016
Made this last night with farfalle pasta (instead of parpadelle because that's all I had on hand) and it's such a perfect fall-esque pasta!!! So good.