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Orecchiette Cacio E Pepe
Prepares 4 servings
- 4 cups diced, peeled butternut squash
- 1 yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 10 to 12 ounces dried orecchiette pasta
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- 2 cups torn or chopped kale in (1-inch pieces)
- 3/4 cup grated pecorino romano cheese, plus additional for serving
- 3 ounces burrata, roughly chopped
- Heat the oven to 425°F. Put the butternut squash and onion on a rimmed baking sheet and toss with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and 2 teaspoons salt. Roast until tender and lightly browned, about 40 minutes, stirring once halfway through.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil; add 1 to 2 tablespoons salt and the orecchiette; cook al dente.
- While the pasta is cooking, place a large sauté pan over medium heat; when the pan is hot, add the pepper and toast until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the butter, the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, and the kale. Stir together until the butter melts, then remove from the heat.
- Drain the pasta, reserving 3/4 cup of the cooking water. Put the sauté pan over medium heat again. Add the pasta to the pan along with the roasted butternut squash, onion, and the pecorino; toss it all together. Add some of the reserved water, a few tablespoons at a time, until the cheese melts into a creamy sauce; you might not use it all.
- Remove from heat and stir in the burrata. Serve with additional cheese on the side.