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Parsnip Noodles with Leftover Christmas Ham and Butternut Squash-Sage Sauce

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Servings: 3

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 sage leaves
  • 1.5 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1 large shallot minced
  • 2 garlic cloves pressed
  • pinch of red pepper flakes less than ΒΌ teaspoon
  • freshly ground sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 large parsnips or 4-5 small ones
  • 3/4 cup cubed leftover Christmas ham or cubed pancetta

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Once the oil heats, add the sage and cook until crispy. Set the sage aside on a paper-towel lined plate.
  • Immediately add in the butternut squash, shallots, garlic and red pepper flakes to the pot and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until onion is translucent. Pour in the broth and raise the heat to bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the squash is softened, 15-20 minutes.
  • While the squash cooks, peel and spiralize the parsnips. Set aside.
  • Once the squash mixture is softened and easily pierced with a fork, transfer to a high-speed blender. Wipe down the pot and set aside. Blend the squash mixture until smooth, about 1 minute. Taste and season with salt and pepper to your preference. If the mixture is too thick, add in vegetable broth.
  • If not using leftover Christmas ham: Set the pot down over medium heat and once heated, add in the ham or pancetta and cook for 5 minutes or until cooked through and starting to brown on edges. Then, add in the parsnip noodles, cover and toss to cook for 5 more minutes or until al dente. Then, add in the squash sauce and toss altogether to warm sauce. Crumble the sage on top and serve immediately.
  • If using leftover Christmas ham: Set the pot down over medium heat and once heated, add in the ham, squash sauce and parsnip noodles, toss and cook for 5-7 minutes or until noodles al dente. Crumble the fried sage on top and serve immediately.