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Sage has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antimicrobial effects.
These are just a few good reasons to enjoy making in your own kitchen: Gluten Free Rigate with Roasted Butternut Squash and Smoked Bacon, which calls for using fresh sage.
You won't spend much time either preparing it, as it is ready in about 30 to 40 minutes.
Here is what you will need:
Step 1: Ingredients Needed
2 cups butternut squash (about a 1 3/4 pound squash), peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch dice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 12 oz. Penne Rigate, gluten-free pasta (our favorite brand to use is Jovial – bought at Whole Foods Market)
4 to 5 thick sliced Apple Wood smoked bacon, cut into 1/4-inch slices
2 shallots, thinly sliced
12 fresh sage leaves, torn
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
pepper black pepper
1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino cheese, plus more for serving
Step 2: Preparing the Pasta and Butternut Squash
In a pot of boiling water, cook the gluten free pasta according to package instructions. Drain the pasta and rinse, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. Most Jovial pasta instructions do not say to rinse, but we do, so the pasta will not stick, while it sits waiting to be used.
You can roast the butternut squash coated with 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a 425 degree oven (that’s great for colder weather) or you can do what we did and roast the prepared butternut squash coated with olive oil (1 tablespoon) on a hot BBQ grill using a BBQ basket. Just add the squash to the basket and close the lid for about 15 minutes or until the squash is browned and tender (but not to soft or mushy).
Step 3: When Squash Is Done
When butternut squash is brown and tender, remove to a plate or bowl and set aside.
Step 4: Preparing Smoked Bacon and Other Ingredients
Heat on the grill remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large ceramic coated skillet (or skillet of your choice), and add the smoked bacon and cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.
Next add the shallots, crushed red pepper and a generous pinch of black pepper and mix in. Next add the sage, mix in and cook until the shallots are soft, about 4 minutes.
Step 5: Add Pasta and Squash
Next add the squash, gluten free pasta, and the reserved cooking water and cook over heat, tossing gently, until the sauce is thickened, about 2 to 3 minutes.
Step 6: Pecornio Cheese
Next add and mix in the 1/2 cup of Pecorino cheese.
Step 7: Plating Finished Meal
Plate and serve, passing extra Pecorino cheese at the dinner table,
Step 8: Enjoying Your Gluten Free Meal
or enjoy out on your back patio during a warm summer evening.
For more information about the importance of eating vegetables every day link here: Good Reasons To Eat Your Vegetables Every Day.
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