Roasted Winter Squash with Kale Pipian

This is so good, I had a similar dish like this at a restaurant called Good Fortune in Chicago last fall and wanted to remake it. I tried some attempts on my own but wasn't able to figure it out until I found this recipe. This is as close as I could get and the flavors are basically the same. The flavors of this dish are beautifully composed, definitely don't skip on this one.


  • 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas), divided
  • 3 lb. mixed winter squash pieces (such as 1"-thick delicata rounds, 1"-thick kabocha wedges, and/or quartered honeynut), seeds removed
  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • ¼ white onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 8 oz. tomatillos (about 4), husks removed, rinsed
  • 1 small bunch Tuscan kale, ribs and stems removed, leaves torn
  • 2 small serrano chiles
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Cilantro leaves with tender stems and lime wedges (for serving)


Preheat oven to 350°. Toast pumpkin seeds on a rimmed baking sheet until lightly browned, 6–8 minutes. Let cool.

Increase oven temperature to 425°. Toss squash pieces and oil on another rimmed baking sheet to coat; season with kosher salt. Roast, tossing occasionally, until browned and tender, 30–40 minutes.

Bring onion, garlic, tomatillos, and 2 cups water to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium-high. Cook until tomatillos are almost tender, about 5 minutes. Add kale and cook just until wilted and bright green, about 1 minute. Let onion mixture cool in pan until warm.

Char chiles over the flame of a gas burner, turning occasionally, until blackened and slightly softened, about 1 minute (or, arrange chiles on a rimmed baking sheet and use broiler).

Transfer onion mixture to a blender with a slotted spoon; reserve liquid. Add charred chiles and ¾ cup pumpkin seeds to blender and purée, adding reserved liquid as needed to get things moving, until a smooth, pourable sauce forms. Season pipian with kosher salt.

Divide squash among plates. Drizzle with pipian and sprinkle with sea salt. Top with remaining ¼ cup pumpkin seeds and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.

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