Pappardelle with butternut squash and baby kale

Vegetarian, Soy Free

2 Servings, 740 Calories/Serving

30 – 40 Minutes

Pappardelle comes from the Italian verb pappare, which means “to gobble up”—exactly what you’ll be doing with this dreamy pasta dish. The wider noodles can hold up to hearty additions, like this creamy ricotta and chunks of sweet winter squash. We love topping pasta with walnuts for texture, especially when there’s some lemon zest involved to play up their nutty flavor.


  • 5 ounces pappardelle
  • 1 to 2 shallots
  • Peeled fresh garlic
  • Fresh thyme
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ pound peeled chopped butternut squash
  • 3 ounces baby kale
  • ½ cup fresh ricotta



Cook the pasta

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pappardelle and cook until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, reserving ¾ cup pasta cooking water.
While the pappardelle cooks, start the pasta sauce.


Prep the pasta sauce ingredients

  • Peel and thinly slice the shallot.
  • Finely chop enough garlic to measure 1½ teaspoons.
  • Strip the thyme leaves from the stems; discard the stems.
  • Zest the lemon, then cut the lemon into wedges.


Toast the walnuts

In a dry pan over medium-low heat, add the walnuts and cook, stirring often, until lightly browned and fragrant, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.


Cook the squash

In the same pan used for the walnuts, over medium-high heat, warm the butter and 1 teaspoon oil until hot but not smoking. Add the butternut squash, season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and starting to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the shallot and cook, stirring a few times, until just caramelized, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.


Cook the kale; finish the pasta

Reduce the heat to medium. Add the kale and ½ cup of the reserved pasta cooking water. Cook until the kale wilts and the liquid has reduced slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cooked pappardelle and the remaining ¼ cup of reserved pasta water. Cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the lemon zest, and season to taste with salt and pepper.



Transfer the pappardelle to individual bowls. Garnish with the ricotta and walnuts and serve with the lemon wedges on the side.

Nutrition per serving: Calories: 740, Protein: 28 g, Total Fat: 32 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7.5 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 15 g, Saturated Fat: 10 g, Cholesterol: 110 mg, Carbohydrates: 86 g, Fiber: 11 g, Added Sugar: 0 g, Sodium: 610 mg

Contains: wheat, eggs, tree nuts, milk

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