You are here: Home » Recipes » Butternut-Sage Pasta Al Forno Butternut-Sage Pasta Al Forno Recipe by Relish Contributor Yield 8 servings This pasta al forno or baked ziti dish is much more sophisticated than the typical marinara-baked pasta and makes a lovely holiday entree for everyone. Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn PrintEmail Ingredients Butternut Squash:1 large butternut squash, halved and seeded1/2 cup waterTomato Sauce:1 tablespoon olive oil1 medium onion, chopped2 garlic cloves, minced1 (28-ounce) can chopped plum tomatoes with juice1/2 cup chopped fresh basilCheese Filling:3 cups low-fat ricotta cheese2 eggs, beaten1/4 cup minced sage leaves1 tablespoon minced lemon peel1/8 teaspoon nutmeg1 teaspoon salt Freshly ground black pepperTo Assemble Dish:1/2 pound penne or rigatoni pasta, cooked al dente, cooked according to package directions1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Instructions Preheat oven to 375F. To make squash: Place butternut squash halves, cut side down, in a baking pan. Add 1/2 cup water and bake 35 to 40 minutes until tender. Cool and then scoop squash flesh from shell. Set aside. To make sauce: Heat olive oil in a large nonreactive saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and saute until soft. Add tomatoes, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Add the basil; set aside. To make filling: Combine ricotta, eggs, sage, lemon peel, nutmeg, salt and pepper in a large bowl with a wooden spoon. Add cooked butternut squash and combine well. Filling can be chunky; it doesn’t have to be mixed until smooth. To assemble: Ladle half the sauce onto bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Place pasta in baking dish and spread evenly. Spoon squash filling over the pasta (it doesn’t have to be an even layer; it can look like little pillows, and you may leave small mounds with some pasta peeking out). Ladle remaining sauce over squash and top with mozzarella and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Cover with aluminum foil and bake 45 to 50 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes until golden brown. Allow to rest 10 minutes before serving.