Prep 45 mins
Cook 30 mins
In 'Lidia's Italy' by Lidia Bastianich
- 1⁄2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 3 plump garlic cloves, crushed and peeled
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced (1 cup)
- 3 cups butternut squash, cut in 1/2-inch cubes
- 3 cups cauliflower, cut in small florets (about 1-inch)
- 4 tablespoons small capers, drained
- 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt or 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 cups canned Italian plum tomatoes, crushed by hand (San Marzano)
- 1 lb fettuccine pasta
- 1 cup freshly grated pecorino cheese
- Pour the olive oil into a big skillet, and set over med-high heat.
- Scatter in the sliced garlic, and let it start sizzling.
- Stir in the onion slices, and cook for a couple of minutes, to wilt.
- Spill in all the cut squash and cauliflower pieces, scatter the capers, salt, and red pepper flakes on top, and with tongs, toss all together for a minute or so.
- Pour a cup of water into the skillet, cover tightly, and steam the vegetables for 2-3 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally.
- Pour in the crushed tomatoes along with a cup of water sloshed in the tomato cans.
- Stir well and cover; when the tomato juices are boiling, adjust the heat to keep them bubbling gently.
- Cook covered for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- When the vegetables are softened, uncover and continue cooking to reduce the pan juices to a good consistency for dressing the pasta, about 5 minutes.
- Adjust the seasoning to taste, and keep at a low simmer.
- While the sauce is cooking, heat salted pasta-cooking water to a rolling boil.
- Drop in the fettuccine and cook until barely al dente.
- Lift them from the water, drain for a moment, then drop onto the simmering vegetables.
- Toss and cook all together for a couple of minutes over medium heat.
- Moisten the dish with pasta water if it seems dry; cook rapidly to reduce the juices if they're splashing in the skillet.
- When the pasta is perfectly cooked and robed with sauce, turn off the heat.
- Sprinkle over it the grated cheese, toss into the pasta and serve.