Fettucini w/ Balsamic Delicata Squash & Bitter Greens

  • 1 pound fresh or dried fettucini 
  • 2 Delicata squash (1 to 1 1/2 pounds total)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 sweet yellow onion, such as Vidalia, sliced
  • 1/4 pound pancetta, diced (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red chile flakes
  • 10 ounces bitter greens, washed, stem removed, chopped crosswise into 1/2-inch ribbons
  • freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, to taste


Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Slice the squash in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds. Slice crosswise into 1/4-inch thick crescents, discarding the root and stem ends.

Grease a baking sheet with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Arrange the squash slices in one layer and sprinkle with the vinegar and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Place the baking sheet on the lower rack of the oven and roast, agitating every ten minutes, for 25-30 minutes until squash skin shows some wrinkling. Remove from oven and set aside.

Set 4 quarts of water with 1 tablespoon salt to boil in a stockpot.  While the water is heating, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium low heat. Add the onion slices and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until onions caramelize to a light brown color, about 10 to 12 minutes. Scrape from the pan and set aside.

In the same pan over medium heat, cook the pancetta and chile flakes, stirring frequently, until crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Raise the heat to high and add the greens, stirring until wilted.  When the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook until al dente. Drain, reserving a few tablespoons of pasta water, and add that water to the pan with the greens. In a large serving bowl, combine the cooked pasta, greens, roasted squash, and caramelized onions. Serve with freshly cracked black pepper and Parmesan.

Taken from thekitchn.com