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Ham and Butternut Squash Spaghetti

Ham and Butternut Squash Spaghetti

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Chef John

Despite the rich and decadent mascarpone, the sauce for this spaghetti is actually pretty light; much of the sauce is chicken broth and squash.

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  • Calories:
  • 813 kcal
  • 41%
  • Fat:
  • 41.3 g
  • 64%
  • Carbs:
  • 87.3g
  • 28%
  • Protein:
  • 25.6 g
  • 51%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 92 mg
  • 31%
  • Sodium:
  • 1423 mg
  • 57%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Stir in ham and cook until the edges are slightly browned, about 3 minutes.
  2. Stir in garlic; cook until fragrant and edges are barely golden, about 1 minute.
  3. Pour chicken broth over ham and garlic; bring to a simmer. Stir in butternut squash, red pepper flakes, and salt. Cook until squash is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in black pepper and reduce heat to low.
  4. Gently stir mascarpone cheese into squash mixture until completely incorporated. Stir in Italian parsley. Remove from heat and cover.
  5. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook spaghetti in the boiling water, stirring occasionally until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 12 minutes. Drain and return to pot.
  6. Pour butternut-mascarpone sauce over spaghetti, stirring until combined. Sprinkle Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese over spaghetti and serve.
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Reviews

mrs. kosmos
11
10/6/2013

Delish! I made one minor change: I roasted the squash in the oven and used the already cooked squash in the recipe. I did this because it is so easy to peel/dice cooked butternut squash and such a pain to cut the skins off/dice raw squash.

ErinSea
8
11/1/2012

This was dinner tonight and it was SO GOOD! I suspect the mascarpone cheese might hold some people back from making it. I wanted to include it but couldn't get to the store so I whipped together cream cheese and some kefir and it worked just fine! Maybe the mascarpone would have been even better, I'll try it sometime, but google substitutions using what you have if that's the only thing standing in your way from this creamy, and delicious pasta meal.

Cobbler
4
10/15/2014

My husband and I loved this creative combo. We followed the recipe exactly.