Black quinoa has a bit of an earthier flavor and crunchier texture than white quinoa and it suits different variations of roasted vegetables quite well. This recipe can be adapted to use vegetables of other seasons. In the spring, replace the squash with blanched peas, fava beans, or sliced leeks.
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1 small butternut squash (about 1 pound) peeled and diced into 1/4 inch pieces
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
8 thin slices pancetta
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups water
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon red or white wine vinegar
4 large eggs
Coarsely chopped parsley for garnish
Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
Flaky sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Toss the butternut squash with the oil; season with salt. Spread the squash in a single layer on one rimmed baking sheet. Roast until tender, about 20 minutes. Let cool slightly and set aside.
Place the pancetta on the second lined baking sheet and bake until the pancetta is crisp and the fat has rendered, about 10 minutes. Transfer the pancetta onto a plate lined with a paper towel.
In a fine mesh sieve, rinse the quinoa under cold water and strain. Combine the quinoa, water and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce the heat, and gently simmer for 12-15 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer the quinoa to a strainer to drain out the remaining cooking liquid. Transfer the quinoa to a bowl and set aside.
Add the butternut squash to the bowl of quinoa and fold to incorporate. Season with salt and pepper and portion into individual bowls or plates.
Fill a skillet two-thirds full with water. Add the vinegar and bring to a boil. Crack each egg into a small bowl and gently slide them into the water one at a time. Poach the eggs until the whites are set and the yolks are runny, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to a paper towel-lined plate
Top each bowl of quinoa with a warm egg and a slice or two of crispy pancetta. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley. Drizzle each dish lightly with olive oil, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt and pepper. Serve right away.
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