Juliette Carr responds: Definitely wash and chop the burdock--don't peel it. You can grate it if you want but it will take...
- Ready in: 30 minutes prep; 20 minutes to cook
- Serves: 6
- Complexity: medium
Adapted from The Minimalist Cooks at Home by Mark Bittman
- 1 buttercup squash
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup chicken stock (or other stock or water)
- 1 pound fusilli or other pasta
- 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
- 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
- 5–6 leaves sage
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for on top
The hardest part of the recipe is preparing the squash. You need to peel it. The easiest way I think is to cut the squash in half, scrape out the seed, cut into sections, then slice off the peel with a knife. Then, using a food processor, finely grate all the squash. After this, the recipe is easy.
Melt the butter in the bottom of heavy-bottom pot. Add the squash, 1/2 cup stock, and the garlic. Stir occasionally. As it dries out and threatens to stick, add another 1/2 cup stock. Repeat as needed, but don’t thin it any more than necessary. Chop the sage and add it midway through the cooking. When the squash begins to fall apart and get soft (10–15 minutes), put the pasta in to cook. Taste the squash and add salt, pepper, and sugar to taste. When the pasta is done, drain it and add it to the sauce with the cheese. Mix it all up. Serve topped with more Parmesan and freshly ground pepper.