Believe it or not, Halloween is catching on in Italy! You may catch a glimpse of carved pumpkins, Halloween themed parties, ghost tours and costumed kids throughout the piazzas. This year you can celebrate Halloween Italian-American style. Try this devilishly delicious Italian recipe, Spaghetti with Butternut Squash and Shrimp – an inspiration from Giada de Laurentis, star of Every Day Italian on The Food Network.
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 5 cups)
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crumbled
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 1/4 cups dry white wine
2 cups fish broth, fresh or frozen, or canned vegetable broth
2 pounds uncooked large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
Salt and pepper
17.5 ounces black or orange-colored spaghetti or linguine or gluten-free pasta
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
Heat the oil in a heavy large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for just a minute. Add the squash, rosemary and thyme and sauté for 8 to 10 minutes. Add the wine and broth and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Decrease the heat to medium-low and simmer until the squash is tender and the liquid is reduced by about half, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add the shrimp and simmer gently until almost cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Season, to taste with salt and pepper.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Drain pasta. (Alternatively, you can use dried pasta, which will take 8 to 10 minutes to cook).
Toss the pasta, squash mixture, and butter in a large bowl until the liquid thickens slightly and coats the pasta. Transfer the pasta mixture to a wide shallow bowl and serve.
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