Creamy Butternut Squash Radiatore with Crispy Kale & Blisterd Tomatoes

Sunday night is pasta night in my house.  Instead of getting stuck in a rut with the traditional Spaghetti & Tomato Sauce, I find it fun to experiment with different sauces, pastas and toppings.   While sometimes Spaghetti & Tomato Sauce hits the spot, last night I fell head over heels for this creamy Butternut Squash Sauce.  It resembles a cheesy Alfredo Sauce, but don’t be fooled, this sauce is Vegan and made up of almost only Butternut Squash!  I paired it with Maria’s Homestyle Gluten Free Chickpea Radiatore with Crispy Kale and Blistered Cherry Tomatoes.

Want to give this recipe a try? Well then…let’s get started!

Creamy Butternut Squash Radiatore with Crispy Kale & Blistered Tomatoes: 
What you’ll need for the sauce: 
3/4 cup Butternut Squash (I bought mine pre-cubed)
1/3 cup Onion, diced
1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
3 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast (or Parmesan Cheese) 

2 cloves Garlic, minced 
2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
1/2 tsp Paprika 
Salt and Pepper to taste 

1 cup Chickpea Radiatore (or Pasta of choice)
1 cup Kale, roughly chopped
1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes 

Bring it all together: 
✦ Heat 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil on medium heat in a large frying pan
✦ Add in Butternut Squash cubes, cook for 4 minutes
✦ Add in Onion and Garlic, paprika, salt and pepper.  Top with lid and cook for 15 minutes       (or until squash is tender) mixing every so often.
✦ While this is cooking, bring water to a boil in small sauce pan and add your pasta.
✦ Once tender, transfer squash, onion and garlic mixture into a mixing bowl
✦ Add Kale & Cherry Tomatoes to the same frying pan and cook for 10 minutes, or until tomatoes have slightly blistered
✦ Add 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Almond Milk, Nutritional Yeast, Salt and Pepper to Squash mixture & use an Immersion Blender (or regular blender) to make the creamy sauce.  Once blended, set aside.
✦ Drain Pasta and remove Kale & Cherry Tomatoes from heat.  Transfer Pasta into a bowl, toss with Butternut Squash sauce and top with Crispy Kale & Cherry Tomatoes.  Sprinkle some freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top to finish *optional 

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