Once upon a time my friend Lizzy came over and together we whipped up this simple and delicious meal from what I had around and her giant butternut squash. It’s become a staple of my dinnertime favorites and L could eat it every night. It’s awesome because it’s vegan and wheat free, neither of which our family is but it’s nice to have that. We usually crumble some goat cheese on top but it’s totally not necessary. L and I are just dairy fiends, Mike not so much… That’s good for some protein too, you could also crumble a bit of firm tofu.
Butternut Delicious Pasta
Peeled & chopped medium butternut squash, handful fresh sage chopped, 5-10 peeled garlic cloves, extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle of salt, trader joe’s brown rice penne pasta, goat cheese
In a roasting pan combine squash, garlic, sage, salt and olive oil, toss to mix then put in a 400 degree oven for about 30 minutes. After 15 mins toss it around to make sure it’s all cooking well and doesn’t burn, keep checking. It’ll be soft (but not too mushy) and slightly caramelized, add more oil if it looks too dry. In the meantime cook your pasta till it’s al dente, drain and add a smidge of olive oil to keep it from sticking together. Mix your delicious aromatic garlicky sage squash in with your pasta. Put in bowls, top with goat cheese, serve with a green salad perhaps.
An easy peasy, gourmet tasting meal that kids and grown ups will love.
I forgot about the garlic this time and only remembered when I was combining the pasta. It was pretty good without it, and if you have kids who really don’t like garlic it’ll be ok. Roasted garlic however is so mellow and lovely you might just give it a chance and see what happens. As for the pasta, I’ve had some pretty gross wheat free & whole wheat pasta’s in my time but I can’t say enough good things about the Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Penne Pasta. If you cook it right it’s just perfect, chewy with a little bite. I also like their whole wheat fusilli, although the whole wheat & brown rice spaghetti, not so much.
The changing of the seasons makes me want to roast everything! Do you have some favorite easy, healthy and delicious roasted recipes? I’d love to know all about it!