The Princess Bride & Acorn Squash Brown Butter Sage Pasta

Acorn Squash in and of itself for me, was never a squash to write home about. I’ve roasted it as a side many times, yet it never really felt like a good enough payoff for the hard work of cutting the bugger in half!

However, last night, while huddled around the family kitchen table we tucked into a bowl of Acorn Squash Pasta and the movie The Princess Bride, both turned out just “as you wish” delightful.

Acorn Squash Pasta with Brown Butter Sage Sauce
Acorn Squash Pasta with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

Acorn Squash Pasta with Brown Butter Sage Sauce

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: Medium
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  • 4 Acorn Squash
  • 1 Onion Sliced
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic Sliced
  • 8 Leaves of Sage
  • 6 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 1 Pound of Pasta (Recommend one with twists to trap the squash)
  • 1/4 Cup of Parmesan (Plus more for plating)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for roasting Squash
  • Handful of chopped basil or parsley for plating

Growing up in Italy, my Husband (Bello) had missed seeing The Princess Bride and watched with the same rapt attention as my Niece and Nephew, both just now old enough to see movies with sword fighting. Meanwhile, I’m across the kitchen staring 4 big Acorn Squash roasting away thinking… “how can I make this more interesting?”


Roasting Acorn Squash 

  • Cut 4 Squash in half length ways
  • Drizzle with olive oil, salt + pepper
  • Roast at 400 for 45 minutes

Just as Inigo Montoya tossed the rope down to Westley to speed his accent, I’d pulled the Squash from the oven. One smell and the memory of a butternut squash pasta came to mind at the same time brown butter sage sauce did. With the perfectly roasted squash staring back at me, I made up my mind, we could enjoy both together, Brown Butter Sage and Acorn Squash could be friends!

From Side Dish to Main 

  1. Scrap the Roasted Acorn Squash flesh out with a fork into a bowl to be used soon!
  2. Drain oil from the Acorn Squash roasting pan into the skillet
  3. Sauté 1 Onion + 3 Cloves of Garlic (sliced) until soft
  4. Add the Acorn Squash to the skillet and mix to combine
  5. Remove the Squash back to the bowl again

About the time Westley outwitted Vizzini, it was time to get the pasta going.

The Rest of the Story

  1. Add pasta to salted boiling water (11 minutes to plating!)
  2. Warm 6 Tablespoons of butter slow and low in the skillet until it begins to brown
  3. Off the heat add Sage leaves
  4. Drain the Pasta (retaining the liquid)
  5. Add the pasta to the brown butter sage sauce, stir to combine
  6. Add the Squash plus 1/4 cup of parmesan stir to combine
  7. 1/2 cup at a time add the reserved pasta water to desired texture

We tucked into our pasta just as Fezzik’s huge hands knocked on Miracle Max’s door. As it turned out, the dish too was a miracle of last minute perfection.

My name is CookingforBello, Prepare to Dine.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. toozesty says:

    I’m always looking for new pasta sauce ideas. My husband is an acorn squash lover and would flip for this 🙂


    1. I hope he loves it, Bello dug in quick to his dish. I like a little Red Pepper flakes added in mine! Enjoy and let me know how it works for you. Thanks so much for taking a minute to comment. Look forward to checking out your blog myself.

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