- 1/ 2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 2 pints cherry tomatoes
- 1 pound peeled butternut squash, cut into 1" cubes
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- Black pepper, to taste
- 5 tablespoons olive oil,
- 1 pound Colavita Penne Rigate
- 2 cups (from about 1/2 bunch) Swiss chard or lacinato kale, sliced into 1/2" wide ribbons
- 1 small bunch fresh sage
- 3 ounces tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons vodka
- 1/ 4 cup heavy cream
- 3/ 4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
Toss onion, tomatoes, butternut squash, and garlic on a baking sheet with 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons salt, and black pepper to taste. Cook until squash is fork-tender, about 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, then cook Colavita Penne Rigate until al dente, about 8 minutes. Reserve 2/3 cup pasta water, then drain pasta and set aside. Wipe out pot and return to stove.
Heat remaining olive oil in the pot over medium-low heat. Add sage leaves and fry until crisp, about 2 minutes. Set aside on a paper towel-lined plate. Remove pot from heat and let cool for a minute or two, then proceed to the next step (this prevents the tomato paste from sputtering too much in the hot oil!)
Add tomato paste to the pot and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until caramelized and a shade darker, about 4 minutes. Add reserved pasta water and vodka and stir until well combined. Cook for 5 minutes to burn off the alcohol. Add the squash and tomato mixture and heavy cream to the pot and stir to combine.
Carefully blend sauce with an immersion blender or a high-speed blender until smooth. Taste and season with salt and a pinch of sugar if necessary. Reserve 2 cups sauce for serving or freeze in an air-tight container for another use.
Toss pasta with sauce and half the parmesan cheese, then serve into bowls and top with fried sage leaves and a sprinkle of remaining parmesan.