Make the most of delicious seasonal squash by combining it with nutrient-rich red cabbage, spices, and hearty pasta. It’s so easy to throw together this acorn squash pasta dish for a quick lunch or dinner.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the penne according to package directions. Drain and reserve pasta in a large bowl.
Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Toss the squash with half the oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Place the squash flesh side down and grill for 5 minutes. Flip and cook 5 minutes on the other flesh side. Finally turn squash on the skin side and cook 3 minutes more. Check that the squash is done. A knife should go in easily.
When cool enough to handle, dice the squash into bite-sized chunks. Add to the bowl with pasta.
Toss the cabbage with the remaining oil, and salt and pepper to taste. If using an indoor grill pan, place the cabbage directly on the pan. Use tongs to move it around and wilt (approx. 2 minutes). If using an outdoor grill, use a vegetable basket or just place the cabbage on a piece of foil directly on the grill and heat enough to wilt. Add to bowl with squash and pasta.
While the squash is cooking, whisk together the cinnamon, ground ginger, brown sugar, cider vinegar, and thyme. Toss together with other ingredients.