Bucatini with Delicata Squash, Spinach & Duxelles

This lovely combination of earthy mushrooms and fresh produce is both hearty and healthful!

For squash:
1 Delicata squash
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 teaspoons honey
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

To finish:
½ cup half & half
½ cup grated Grana-style cheese
½ bunch spinach greens, washed, patted dry and roughly torn into bite-sized pieces
1 pound bucatini pasta
Farm & Larder duxelles
4 tablespoons mixed fresh herbs, such as Italian parsley and thyme

1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Scrub squash well and cut in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds and attached pulp; then slice crosswise into ¾-inch thick slices.

2. In a small bowl, mix melted butter with honey. Arrange the squash in a single layer on a baking sheet and brush each piece with the butter and honey, reserving half of the mixture. Season the squash with salt and pepper and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Roast for 20 minutes. Remove the squash from the oven and turn them with tongs. Brush each piece with the remaining honey-butter mixture, season again with salt and pepper, and return to the oven, uncovered for 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook al dente, about 8 minutes, reserving ½ cup of the cooking liquid. During the last minute of cooking, add the spinach to blanch. Drain.

4. Combine the pasta and spinach in a large serving bowl with half & half and Grana, adding pasta cooking liquid as needed to create a loose sauce. Add the squash slices and duxelles, toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper as needed, and top with an extra grating of Grana cheese.

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