Hello friends! This is a recipe I wanted to revive from our archives, we first posted it back in 2011, and its an oldie but a goodie!
Pasta with Italian squash is known in Italy as “Pasta con Zucca,” or in the south of Italy it’s called “Pasta con Cocozza.” This dish is an old family recipe that my mom has been making for years and we still make this pasta with squash today; its a perfect Autumn dish.
The orange colored squash cooks down gently to a smooth creamy sauce with pieces of squash in it. It is sautéed with garlic, fresh herbs and red pepper to give it a sweet and spicy savory taste. It’s vegetarian delight, a pasta dish that is comfort food in our home and one you can make all winter long while it’s in season.
This particular Italian squash is called “cocozza.” If you can find it, it’s dark green on the outside and deep orange on the inside, and the texture and taste is very similar to Calabaza squash which is some sort of sweet, a Spanish squash you can find in most supermarkets and farm stands.
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 5 garlic cloves
- 2 pounds Italian squash- peeled, seeded, chopped
- 1/8 crushed red pepper
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley – chopped
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 pound of spaghetti
- fresh ground pepper
- parmigiana grated cheese
In a medium size pot, heat on medium, add olive oil and garlic.
Sauté`garlic until golden brown. Add the crushed red pepper and salt.
Add squash, fresh parsley and 1/2 cup of water. Cover.
Lower heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the squash cooks down to a soft melting texture.
Take 1 package of spaghetti, divide in half and grab a few strands of spaghetti at a time. With your hands, gently break into small pieces.
Simmer on low heat for about 7 to 10 minutes, until the pasta is al dente. (Al dente refers to the desired texture of cooked pasta in Italian cooking. It literally means “to the tooth,” meaning still firm when bitten.) Taste for salt. Add some fresh ground pepper to taste! Turn off heat. The squash should be a creamy sauce. Stir again and serve into pasta dishes. Add some parmigiana cheese on top!