Farfalle Pasta with Mushrooms, Butternut Squash and Spinach

4 tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 3/4-inch pieces (about 5 cups)
1/2 cup water
8 ounces small portabella or crimini mushrooms ( gills scraped if using portabellas), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/3 cup whipping cream
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pound farfalle (bow-tie) pasta
1 10-ounce bag spinach leaves
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add butternut squash and sauté until beginning to brown, about 6 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water, cover and cook until just tender, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer sautéed squash to bowl.

Add remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil to same skillet over medium-high heat. Add all mushrooms, garlic and rosemary and sauté until tender, stirring occasionally, about 8 minutes. Add white wine and bring to boil, scraping up browned bits. Remove from heat. Stir in whipping cream and nutmeg.

Cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking water. Return pasta to pot. Add squash, mushroom sauce, spinach and Parmesan cheese. Toss over medium heat until spinach wilts, pasta is heated through and sauce coats pasta, adding reserved cooking water by 1/4 cupfuls if pasta is dry. Season with salt and pepper; serve.

Serves 6



Vitamin D Mushrooms!

Mushrooms in the 'Pink'

Vitamin D Mushrooms!

Shiitake Mushrooms

SHIITAKE Mushrooms
Good source of:
  • Riboflavin and Pantothenic Acid, which aid metabolism
  • Niacin, an essential nutrient

With a rich and woodsy flavor, shiitakes work as well with seafood as with beef, lamb or pork. Great in Asian and many other ethnic cuisines. Remove and discard stems before use.