Heart Healthy is just the beginning of describing a wonderful dish like this one. Butternut squash has a fantastic flavor that delivers an ample dose of dietary fiber making it an exceptionally heart friendly choice. It’s tangerine hue signals an abundance of powerhouse nutrients known as carotenoids which has shown to protect against heart disease. Swiss chard adds a flavor similar to a combination of beets & spinach and is one of the most powerful anti-cancer foods due to its combination of it’s traditional nutrients. Put all of it together with Whole Grain Penne and you have a dish that is exciting and healthy all at the same time…
Peel, then cut butternut squash into 1 1/2 inch cubes and place into a large bowl, Mix in brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper. Squirt olive oil spray into squash and mix. Squirt a baking pan with olive oil and place seasoned butternut cubes in pan. Dot squash with butter and place into oven. Roast for 35 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside till needed.
Place a large skillet onto stove. Add olive oil & red pepper flakes then heat skillet to medium low. Add Shallots. Cook for 5 minutes until translucent & soft. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Squirt skillet with olive oil spray then add Swiss Chard, squirt on top with olive oil spray. Mix together and cook for 5 minutes until chard is soft and wilted.
Add black pepper & no-salt seasoning and mix through. Add 2 cups of chicken broth. Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 1 cup almond milk and simmer for 2 minutes more. Mix in 1 ounce of grated cheese and lower heat to low simmer till pasta is ready.
Place a pot with 6 quarts of water on the stove. Bring water to a boil. Add Penne Pasta and cook as recommended on pasta label. (Approximately10 to 12 minutes. )
Note: Your pasta package will have a cooking time on it. Each brand of pasta will be different,
so it is important to follow the directions on the package.
Drain Penne then place back in pot. Place pot back on stove with low heat for 2 minutes to evaporate all leftover water.
Add Penne to skillet with sauce and mix pasta gently . Add Roasted Butternut squash to skillet. Mix gently to heat through and blend flavors. Place in serving dish & sprinkle with cheese.
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Butternut Squash ( 1 ½ lbs)
Swiss Chard (1/2 lb -green or red stems)
Whole Wheat Penne (Ziti Rigate)
Black Pepper – ground
Butter – unsalted
Olive Oil Spray
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Red Pepper Flakes
No-salt seasoning (Kirkland)
Chicken Broth – low sodium
Shallot - minced
Garlic – minced
Arrowroot (or Wondra flour)
Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese
Butternut Squash & Swiss Chard
with Penne Pasta.
Preparing Your Ingredients
It is important to prepare all of your ingredients before you start to cook.
Do all of your chopping, grating and pre-measuring, and you will have