Roasted Butternut Alfredo

Yield 4 servings
  • 1/2 pound pasta (gluten-free, if desired)

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups roasted butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons organic mellow white miso
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

For the rest:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dry rubbed sage
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • Several dashes fresh black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

For the garnish:

  • Extra roasted squash
  • Pepitas or chopped pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a large chef’s knife, cut the the round part of the butternut from the long part. Slice the round part in half and scoop out the seeds. Brush or spray parchment lightly with oil and place squash pieces, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until squash is very tender. When cool enough to handle, scoop out the squash needed for this recipe. Save the rest for whatever you like.

2. Once the squash has roasted, bring a salted pot of water to boil for the pasta. When boiling, cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside.

3. Meanwhile, drain the cashews and place them in a blender with the vegetable broth. Blend until very smooth. Rub sauce between your finger and when hardly any grittiness remains, add the roasted butternut, organic miso, nutritional yeast (if using) and lemon juice. Puree until smooth, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to make sure you get everything.

4. While the sauce is blending, start the onions. Preheat a large cast iron pan over medium heat, sauté onions in olive oil and a pinch of salt for about 7 minutes, until lightly browned. Add the garlic and sauté for 30 seconds or so, just until fragrant. Mix in the sage and pepper. Then add the wine and salt and turn the heat up to bring wine to a boil. Let boil for about two minutes, to reduce a little.

5. Turn down the heat to medium low. Now add the butternut cream to the pan, and stir to incorporate the onions and everything. Heat through, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. The sauce should thicken a bit. Taste for salt and seasonings.