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Caramelized Butternut Squash Wedges with a Sage Hazelnut Pesto

Ingredients

Sage, Hazelnut, Ricotta Salata Pesto:
  • 1/4 cup sage, chopped
  • 4-5 tbl olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbl ricotta salata, crumbled or chopped until a medium fine crumble
  • salt
Butternut Squash:
  • 2 butternut squashes; cut lengthwise and deseeded
  • 2 tbl olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne, depending on taste

Recipe

1. Preheat the oven to 500°F with rack at lowest slot in the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Peel the butternut squash, cut in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Cut into 1 inch wedges and place in a bowl. Toss squash with olive oil, sugar, salt, and cayenne. Place in a single layer on baking sheet. Roast for 10-15 minutes until caramelized. Remove from oven and flip over. Bake another 10-15 minutes until caramelized on the other side and cooked through. The pieces on the edges of the baking sheet will caramelize first so you want to move around during the baking time.

2. To make the pesto: warm 3 tablespoons olive oil, sage, and garlic in a small pan over very low heat just until the oil bubbles. Pour in a small bowl, reserving the garlic clove. Place the toasted hazelnuts in mini food processor along with the garlic clove and process until a fine crumble and add to the bowl (alternatively, you can do by hand or in a mortar and pestle). Add the cheese to the bowl along with 1-2 tablespoons more olive oil and stir until combined and salt to taste. This is not a traditional pesto - more nutty than herby and not so much oil.

3. Once the squash is roasted, place in a large bowl and toss with pesto to taste. Dig in.

Adapted from Food52

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