Acorn Squash Whole Wheat Pasta with Poblano & Onions

So now that you know how to roast squash, I’m sure you’re dying to know what to do with it… right?

Well.  How about an amazing pasta dish?  If you’ve already got squash roasted, you can have this ready in the time it takes to boil a pot of pasta.  Oh yes, it is delicious.

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I can’t seem to get enough of the onion and poblano pepper combination — I’ve added poblanos and extra onions to my Kale & White Bean Enchiladas, tossed them into quesadillas and burritos, and I’ve been debating popping them into omelettes, or on pizzas or in empanadas.

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The new-to-my-kitchen addition to this dish is nutritional yeast.  It’s a deactivated yeast that comes in flakes or powder.  Vegans use nutritional yeast in their cooking to get a cheesy flavour — and I am so glad I’ve discovered it!  I can’t get enough of it on air-popped popcorn (with a little salt and olive oil), and have been using it in the place of parmesan cheese.  Yum.  I sprinkled a little bit of it on top of this pasta, and it added just that extra cheesy zip I was looking for!

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Acorn Squash Whole Wheat Pasta with Poblano & Onions
Serves 4

  • 1 box whole wheat pasta (I used rotini)
  • 1 roasted acorn squash, cubed and skin removed
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red onion, sliced thinly
  • 1-2 poblano peppers, sliced thinly
  • 4 tsp. nutritional yeast
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Boil the pasta until al dente in a large pot of salted water, according to package directions (mine takes 9-11 minutes).

While the pasta is boiling, prepare the veggies: heat the olive oil in a large pan.  Add the garlic and onion, and sweat over low heat for about 8 minutes, until they are softened and translucent.  Add the poblano peppers, and sautée over medium heat for 5 more minutes, until they are also softened.

Serve, topped with nutritional yeast and salt & pepper.  Enjoy with a smile!

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Categories: Main Course, Side Dish, Vegan, Vegetarian

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5 Comments on “Acorn Squash Whole Wheat Pasta with Poblano & Onions”

  1. bonne_santé
    November 4, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    Nutritional yeast…so bizarre, so tasty! Glad i’m not the only one hooked 🙂

    • November 4, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

      I have to say, I can’t look at it *too* closely as it freaks me out just a bit 😉

      But totally hooked. It went on popcorn at lunch and pasta at dinner today!

  2. November 5, 2010 at 12:40 am #

    I haven’t bought nutritional yeast for AGES, I must buy it again! I love cheese (goats), but I feel like I’m naturally gravitating towards a more vegan diet, so I will be in need of a vegan cheesy hit!

  3. November 5, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    Now, this is the kind of pasta meals that I totaly love,..easy yet so tasty & well flavoured too!

  4. November 5, 2010 at 6:46 am #

    MMMMMMM,..lovely food!

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