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Moroccan Squash Pasta

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Spice things up with this tasty Moroccan butternut squash pasta recipe. A speedy and satisfying combination

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  • Serves 4

  • Prep time 10 mins

  • Cooking time 30 mins

  • Total time 40 mins

  • Calories 405 per serving

  • Prepare ahead yes

Ingredients

  • 350g (12oz) peeled and sliced butternut squash
  • 1tsp ras el hanout (Morrocan spice blend)
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 200g (7oz) semi-wholewheat tortiglioni
  • 400g can chick peas, drained
  • 4 peppadew peppers from a jar, drained and quartered
  • 2tbsp coriander leaves
  • 4tbsp ready-made French dressing

Preparation

For a butternut squash recipe with a twist, try this Moroccan inspired dish and you’ll find a new tasty go to recipe for your repertoire.

The flavour in this dish comes from the use of Moroccan spice blend ras el hanout; it does to North African dishes what garam masala does in Indian dishes and gives this pasta a real full bodied flavour.

Butternut squash is low in fat and a great source of dietary fibre, as well as being high in potassium and vitamin B6, so it’s a great healthy veg to include in your diet on a regular basis.

In this recipe you’ll need to roast the butternut squash, sprinkled in the spices, before mixing it with the pasta along with peppers and chickpeas.

Filling and satisfying, this dish is one the whole family will love.

HOW TO MAKE MOROCCAN SQUASH PASTA

  1. Heat the oven to 220C, 200C fan, 425F, gas 7. Put the butternut squash slices into a roasting tin. Season, sprinkle with the ras el hanout and garlic and drizzle with the olive oil. Roast in the oven for 25-30 mins, turning occasionally, until tender and lightly charred in places.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in boiling salted water for 10 mins until just tender. Drain the pasta, add to the roasting tin with the chick peas, peppers, coriander and French dressing. Stir to combine and serve warm or cold.