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Bowls of delicata squash pasta on grey background with a few ingredients surrounding

Delicata Squash Pasta with Broccoli and Sage

  • Author: Alex Aldeborgh
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4-6 1x
  • Category: main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This delicious and wholesome vegetarian pasta dish is filled with delicata squash, broccoli, sage, parmesan cheese, and pine nuts. It’s easy to make and comes together in under 30 minutes for an easy weeknight win.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 delicata squash, prepped into 1/4th inch thick quarters
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine or water
  • 1 head broccoli, cut into bite size florets
  • 1 lb penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup sage, chopped
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated


  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large sauté pan. Add shallot, garlic, nutmeg, and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant,
  2. Add the delicata squash to the pan along with a generous shake of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-8 minutes, until squash has softened.
  3. Deglaze the pan with white wine or water and use your spoon to bring up any browned bits.
  4. Add the broccoli and sage to the pan, and continue to cook until broccoli is fork tender.
  5. Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package instructions in salted water. Reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water before draining.
  6. Add the cooked pasta directly to the sauté pan with the vegetables, along with the pine nuts, parmesan cheese, and reserved pasta water.
  7. Drizzle generously with olive oil and toss everything together.
  8. Serve with more grated parmesan and salt and pepper to taste.


Ingredient swaps and dietary restriction substitutions

  • Make it vegan: Eliminate parmesan cheese and replace with vegan parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast.
  • Make it gluten free: Use a gluten free pasta, such as bean-based pasta.
  • Use cubed butternut squash in place of delicata squash if it is not available.
  • Swap broccoli for cauliflower or kale.
  • Try using thyme or rosemary in place of sage (or in addition to)!

Storing leftover pasta

You can store this pasta in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-5 days. I recommend reheating individual portions in the microwave. If pasta has dried out a bit from the fridge, add a little drizzle of olive oil when reheating.

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