Soybean Pasta with Kale Pesto and Squash


  • (20-ounce) package peeled butternut squash
  • 1/2 c. plus 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp. Coarse salt
  • pepper
  • small bunch Tuscan kale or 4 cups bagged kale
  • garlic clove, smashed
  • 1/2 c. whole almonds
  • 1/2 c. grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 7 oz. soybean spaghetti


  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Cut squash into 3/4-inch cubes. Toss with 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper as desired. Spread out on a nonstick baking sheet and roast, stirring at 30-min mark, until golden brown all over, about 45 minutes.
  2. Tear kale leaves into smaller pieces. Combine in a food processor with garlic, almonds, Parmesan, and 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons oil. Process until smooth, periodically scraping sides of the bowl if necessary.
  3. Cook pasta in boiling water. Drain when ready, but reserve 1/2 cup of the water.
  4. Toss pasta in a large skillet with 1/2 cup pesto, the pasta water, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus pepper to taste. (Reserve remaining pesto for another use.) Cook over medium-high heat, tossing, until very hot and liquid thickens and coats the pasta, about 2 minutes.
  5. Divide among 4 bowls and top with roasted squash. Sprinkle with more Parmesan and serve.


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