I am much more a cold weather person than a warm weather person.
That is to say, I love a nip in the air, the scent of woodsmoke coming through the chimneys and all the great root veggies, colorful gourds and squash that make an appearance in the markets.
Once the daylight savings time switches over like it did on Nov 2nd, I'm all about the squash and butternut squash is my favorite. It's sweet, mild and just plain delicious. You can make the creamiest soups with them, I love them with shrimp and of course they come alive roasted. Not to mention it takes all of 20 minutes in the oven.
So where you have butternut squash, how can you not have sage and Parmigiano Reggiano? I am completely in sync with the Italians when they worked out that combo.
But let me tell you, Sicilians love toasted breadcrumbs - they'll roll them up when they do their beccafico with sardines and line just about every pan with heaps of it.
Turns out, freshly roasted on a pan, they're genius added to this simple pasta. One thing I've learned from cooking with my Sicilian friends, is no way can I ever compete with them when it comes to their liberal use of olive oil. Not in a million years can I ever come close to the cups of the good stuff they use on a daily basis.
Needless to say and much to their chagrin, I continue to measure out my olive oil except for the final lashing at the end.
What can I say? I do my best - my said friends looks all of a 100 lbs, wet! I, on the other hand continue to look like an overstuffed sausage walking around.
Hence, the measuring because I don't think I can sleep at night with the voice of Natalie my trainer in my head asking me to watch my 'macronutrients'!
Sigh! Some people have fairy godmothers and others end up with 'guilt' godmothers.
So I know I've gone all around the mulberry bush but the point I'm trying to make is, you're going to need to use generous amounts of olive oil for this one. The toasted breadcrumbs are key and you'll be ever so grateful you did.
And please don't kill this dish by adding cream to it. If you really want an amazing authentic culinary experience, stick to the reccipe and get the creaminess you want by adding more olive oil and a bit of pasta water to keep it nice and moist.
This is hands down a favorite. I have yet to find someone who didn't love this recipe so I hope you'll be adding this one to your menu soon.