Arugula Delicata Squash Pasta

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 large servings or 4 smaller servings 1x
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: international




1 medium delicata squash

2 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, divided

¼ teaspoon sea salt

½ cup sliced scallions (See note)

Everything Else

4 ounces small-shaped pasta

3 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil

3/4 cup grated parmesan, plus extra for topping

Zest from half a lemon

2 to 3 handfuls of arugula

¼ cup toasted and crushed walnuts

Chili flakes for topping (see note)


  • Heat oven to 425˚F. Cut the squash in half, lengthwise, and remove the seeds. Once the seeds are removed, slice each half into ¼” thick pieces—place on a sheet tray along with two teaspoons olive oil and salt. Toss to coat and combine then place in the oven. 
  • In a small bowl, combine the scallions with the remaining ½ teaspoon of olive oil. Roast the squash for 15 minutes then sprinkle the scallions on top. Return to the tray oven and roast for another 10 to 15 minutes, until squash is starting to brown and is tender.
  • While the squash is roasting, cook the pasta until tender in a pot of salted water. Drain and return the pasta to the pot. Add the melted butter, parmesan, and lemon zest. Stir to coat and melt the cheese.
  • Once the squash is done, combine the pasta with the arugula, squash, and walnuts. Add more arugula if desired- this dish is meant to be more salad feeling, less pasta. Top with chili flakes and more parmesan if desired.



Scallions: You could skip the step of adding in the scallions and simply toss them in at the beginning of roasting. If you do this, your scallions will be on the crispier side (which some people like!) Feel free to choose.

Chili flakes: for the photos, I used a chili crunch instead.

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