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​This month marked the 8th annual Barilla® Pasta World Championship​, and after more than 140 years of perfecting the art of pasta, it was amazing to see the innovation that still continues with this simple-yet-versatile dish! With chefs competing from 14 different countries, there was no shortage of inspiring and unique recipes presented. From exotic ingredients like saffron, fennel pollen, oysters, and spruce tips to more traditional ingredients like tomatoes, garlic, basil, mushrooms, and shallots, it was a feast for both the eyes and the stomach, and I felt *hugely* inspired by the creativity used by the chefs in crafting each of their dishes.

Creamy Squash and Hazelnut FettuccineYou guys know I am alllll about eating seasonally, so I was especially drawn to chef Lea Marion of Sweden’s dish named ‘A Walk in the Woods’. It features a Barilla Spaghetti with mushrooms, onions, chanterelles, sorrel (a tasty leafy green that grows in the forest), and fresh spruce tips. Spruce tips are precisely what they sound like—they’re the green tender tips of spruce branches where new growth starts to appear, and have a very refreshing pine-y flavor. I loved the idea of incorporating this into a pasta, and definitely plan on experimenting with that in the spring when the spruce tips are growing here!
But as for the recipe I’m sharing with you today, I based it on Chef Jay Boyle of Norway’s ‘A Dish Inspired by Autumn’. It used simple ingredients in incredibly elegant ways, and the flavor palette was composed of squash, mushrooms, chestnuts, sage, hazelnuts, and truffles. I drew from the same palette to create this recipe, but kept the ingredients a little easier-to-find (aka no truffles and chestnuts in this one). I soaked some roasted hazelnuts overnight and then tossed them in the blender with some roasted squash and herbs to create a creamy sauce, and then topped it with sautéed mushrooms, shallots, and a toasted breadcrumb and hazelnut mixture.
Fettuccine PastaWhile Chef Boyle used Barilla tagliatelle, I used Barilla Fettuccine since I like that it’s slightly thicker than tagliatelle and I love its texture. All these ingredients combined into a heart-warming dish that both comforting and good for you. Part of why I love pasta so much is that it’s the ideal canvas for fresh seasonal produce, and makes it easy to eat healthy and flavor-packed vegetables on the regular. The sautéed mushrooms added the most wonderful savory umami element to this recipe, and the sauce was basically like a concentrated essence of autumn flavors. Warm nutty hazelnuts, creamy buttery squash, perfectly al dente Barilla fettuccine, savory mushrooms, and crunchy breadcrumbs…you really can’t go wrong with it, guys. To see who won, you should check out all the behind-the-scenes details of the Pasta World Championship! I hope you enjoy the recipe + looking through the captures of the Barilla Pasta World Championship, and that it inspires you to create your own little pasta adventure! 🙂


Creamy Squash and Hazelnut Fettuccine
5 from 4 votes

Creamy Squash and Hazelnut Fettuccine with Sautéed Mushrooms

This delicious heartwarming pasta is like autumn in a bowl. With a creamy sauce that combines roasted squash and roasted hazelnuts, a touch of parmesan cheese, and some sautéed mushrooms combined with fettuccine, you have a wholesome meal packed with the best produce of the season!

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword fettuccine
Servings 6 people
Calories 627 kcal


Creamy Squash and Hazelnut Sauce

  • 1 pound 10 ounces winter squash
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup roasted hazelnuts soaked in water overnight or at least 4 hours
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 clove fresh garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 - 2  1/4 cups vegetable stock
  • Salt to taste

Hazelnut Toasted Breadcrumbs

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon crushed hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

Sautéed Mushrooms + Fettuccine

  • 1 pound box of Barilla Fettuccine
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot chopped
  • 12 ounces mushrooms sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Creamy Squash and Hazelnut Sauce

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut the squash in half and scoop out and discard the seed pulp. Place on a baking sheet, cut side facing up, and rub with the olive oil. Place in the oven and roast squash until very tender when pierced with fork, about 35 to 45 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  2. Scoop out the tender flesh of the roasted squash and place it in a blender or food processor with the remaining ingredients. Blend until completely smooth. Set aside.

Hazelnut Toasted Breadcrumbs

  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan over medium low heat. Add the garlic and stir to coat in the oil. Continue cooking until the garlic has softened, is aromatic, and light gold around the edges. Add the breadcrumbs and hazelnuts and stir to combine.

  2. Spread out the breadcrumb mixture with the end of your spoon so that it covers the bottom of the pan evenly. Continue to cook until the breadcrumbs are toasted and deeply golden, about 2 to 4 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Remove from heat, transfer the breadcrumb mixture to a wide shallow bowl, and allow to cool. Once cooled, toss in the grated parmesan and chopped fresh parsley. Set aside.

Sautéed Mushrooms + Fettuccine

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the shallot and reduce heat to medium-low, and saute until softened and transparent, about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.
  2. Add the mushrooms, thyme, and salt, and drizzle with the remaining olive oil. Continue cooking until the mushrooms have released their moisture, shrunken slightly, and darkened in color, about 15 to 20 minutes, stirring every 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add a tablespoon of salt and stir. In a separate large pot, heat up the creamy squash and hazelnut sauce over low heat.
  4. Add the fettuccine to the pot of boiling water and cook according to the package directions, stirring every minute. Once the pasta is nearly cooked, use a heat-proof glass measuring cup to transfer 1/2 cup of the pasta water to the creamy squash and hazelnut sauce and whisk until smooth.

  5. Use spaghetti tongs to grasp the pasta and transfer it to the pot with the sauce, and mix until the pasta is evenly coated in the sauce. Add the sautéed mushroom mixture and toss to combine. Serve alongside the breadcrumbs to be sprinkled atop each serving.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Squash and Hazelnut Fettuccine with Sautéed Mushrooms
Amount Per Serving
Calories 627 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 894mg39%
Potassium 813mg23%
Carbohydrates 76g25%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 8622IU172%
Vitamin C 22mg27%
Calcium 214mg21%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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