Butternut sauce is an innovative alternative to traditional tomato sauce for pasta-based recipes. This sauce is smooth and rich with complex flavors from the squash, onion, garlic, tomatoes and wine. The half-and-half makes it extra creamy. Source: Everyday Slow Cooker

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high. Add the onion, and cook, stirring often, until just beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes.

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  • Stir together the onion mixture, squash, tomatoes, stock, wine, rosemary, salt, black pepper, red pepper and basil sprig in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW until the squash is tender, 4 to 5 hours.

  • Add the half-and-half to the slow cooker, stirring to combine. Using an immersion blender (or food processor in batches), process the squash mixture until smooth. Add the tortellini to the slow cooker; cover and cook until the tortellini is tender, about 25 minutes. Sprinkle the servings evenly with the shaved Parmesan, and garnish with the torn basil.

Tips

Multicooker Directions: In Step 1, remove the lid of a 6-quart multicooker. Place the oil in the inner pot. Press SAUTÉ [Normal], and heat, swirling to coat the bottom of the pot. Add the onion, and cook uncovered, stirring often, until just beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Turn off the cooker. In Step 2, stir in the squash, tomatoes, stock, wine, rosemary, salt, black pepper, red pepper and basil sprig. Lock the lid; turn Pressure Valve to “Venting.” Cook on SLOW COOK [Normal] until the squash is tender, about 5 hours. In Step 3, add the tortellini to the puréed squash mixture in the pot. Lock the lid; turn Pressure Valve to “Venting.” Cook on SLOW COOK [Normal] until the tortellini is tender. Finish Step 3.

Nutrition Facts

364 calories; 12 g total fat; 4 g saturated fat; 591 mg sodium. 50 g carbohydrates; 6 g fiber; 10 g sugar; 15 g protein; 3 mg niacin equivalents;