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Pasta Bake: Gnocchi Sardi (Malloreddus) with Squash, Sage, Hazelnuts & Miso Brown Butter

Make this lush oven-baked pasta for tomorrow’s lunch or dinner…because fancy food shouldn’t be just on special days!


Creamy squash, tasty Sardinian pecorino cheese, crispy sage and crunchy crushed hazelnuts - because I love when different textures mix in the same dish.


Miso butter - because I have a secret…I’ve been adding a teaspoon of miso paste to many of my Italian dishes for Y-E-A-R-S! I like to replace bullion with miso or add miso to tomato sauces because it adds a certain umami + it’s very healthy!


A couple of notes before we dive into it:

  1. You can use any pasta shape. You can also replace pecorino with parmigiano or any other sharp, hard cheese. Just make sure it’s a salty one to counterbalance the sweetness of squash.

  2. Skip the cheese entirely and replace butter with vegan butter for a vegan version. I promise it will be just as delicious.



Ingredients (for 2)

  • Olive oil 1 tbsp

  • Gnocchi sardi (or other pasta) 200g

  • Butternut squash 250g cubed

  • Onion 1 small chopped finely

  • A few ladles of veggie stock

  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • Miso paste 1 tsp

  • Butter 2 tbsp softened

  • Pecorino sardo (or other sharp cheese) 3 tbsp grated

  • Fresh sage 8-10 leaves

  • Hazelnuts 1/2 cup


Method


Heat the olive oil in a heavy bottomed pan and add onion. Sauté till softened, then add the squash. Season with salt, pepper and add 1-2 ladles of veggie stock. Cover and let it cook over medium-low heat until the squash is fork-tender but not mushy.


Allow it to cool, then blend half of the squash with 1 additional splash of stock till creamy. Set aside.


Cook your pasta in plenty boiling, salted water. Drain 2 minutes before the time indicated on the packaging.


While the pasta is cooking, pre-heat the oven to 220C. At the same time, make the miso brown butter. Melt the butter and miso together in a small pan on a soft flame for about 8-10 mins until the butter has browned and slightly thickened.


Transfer the pasta to an oven-safe casserole and add both creamed and cubed squash, the miso butter and the grated cheese.


Top with roughly chopped sage leaves and hazelnuts. Bake for 8-10 mins until the top is crispy!


Buon appetito!


Word of the Day


Zucca

(Pumpkin or squash, pronounced zùc·ca)


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