Italian Squash & Mascarpone Bake

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Serves2 people
Italian Squash & Mascarpone Bake

Sweet winter squash loves a good roasting, and when it’s folded through a rich sauce made with cherry tomato passata and creamy mascarpone, it’s in absolute veg heaven. Once it’s been scattered with breadcrumbs and grilled till bronzed and bubbling, we think you’ll be in heaven too.

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  • 1 squash
  • 2 red onions
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 200g chestnut mushrooms
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 330ml cherry tomato passata
  • 400g tin of chickpeas
  • 50g baby leaf spinach
  • 125g mascarpone
  • 50g breadcrumbs
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1. Heat your oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Trim the stalk off the squash. Slice the squash in half and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds (no need to peel, although you can if you prefer). Slice the flesh into thick chunks and scatter into a medium ovenproof dish. Toss with 1 tbsp olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper till evenly coated, then slide into the oven and bake for 20 mins.
2. Meanwhile, peel the red onions and thinly slice them. Peel the garlic cloves and crush or finely chop them. Slice the chestnut mushrooms.
3. Pour 1 tbsp olive oil into a medium pan and bring to a medium heat. Slide in the chopped onions and mushrooms. Sprinkle in a pinch of salt and pepper and fry for 5 mins, stirring occasionally, till glossy and softened.
4. Stir the chopped garlic into the pan. Spoon in 1 tsp dried oregano and cook for a further 1 min.
5. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Tip them into the pan. Pour in the cherry tomato passata. Stir well and bring to a simmer, then cook for 5 mins. Tip the spinach leaves and the mascarpone into the sauce and stir till the leaves are wilted and everything is combined. Taste the sauce and add a little more salt and pepper if needed.
6. The squash should be roasted by now. Pour the sauce into the dish with the squash and gently turn to mix. Flatten out evenly with the back of a spoon. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the top.
7. Slide the dish back into the oven and roast for 20 mins, till golden brown and bubbling. Spoon onto a couple of warm plates and serve.
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