It’s fall my favorite time of year. And it means the return of red wine and butternut squash. So, naturally, I had to make a fall, butternut squash recipe this week to celebrate it’s return. This is largely a “variation on a theme” kinda thing – linguine with kale and roasted butternut squash.
2 servings linguine
3 kale leaves, ripped into pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 onion, chopped
1 cup or so chopped butternut squash
Parmesan cheese (optional)
Heat the oven to 400. Toss the butternut squash chunks with some olive oil, salt and pepper and roast in the oven until soft – probably 25-30 minutes. While those are roasting, saute the onion and garlic, and then add the kale. Be careful not to use too much oil. Once the squash is done, mix with the kale and veggies. Add the pasta and toss all together. Serve with Parmesan cheese if you like.
So, not only was this pretty, but it was also really tasty. And it’s vegan if you don’t add the cheese. Lots of veggies, super filling, and perfect for dinner in the fall with a glass of red wine. So omg, so it’s been over a month since I last posted. Between work, finishing up some writing projects, and family craziness I’ve been neglecting cooking. But things have calmed down now and I’ll have a travel post coming in in the next couple weeks too! Song of the Week: Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance. So it’s the 10 year anniversary of this album, and omg, I forgot how good it is and how much I like it. You should listen to the whole album, but if you don’t, at least listen to this song.
It really is fall now – chilly nights, leaves turning colors, and overheated apartment buildings (ok, that one’s just me at the moment). The return of fall also means the return of butternut squash! I never ate it much growing up, but I have been fully converted to their awesomeness. So I based this week’s recipe on this 5-ingrediant pasta dish, which I found via Buzzfeed.
Pasta with Squash and Pine Nuts
1/2 a medium butternut squash, chopped
1-2 ounces goat cheese
3 large cloves garlic
1 cup pasta
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
Chop the butternut squash into smallish chunks and toss with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Cut the tops of the garlic cloves off and stick on a baking sheet with the squash. Roast at 400 until tender. While the squash is roasting, boil the pasta until done (I used macaroni because that was what I had, but the suggestion from the recipe I based this off of was penne). Drain the pasta. Once the squash and garlic are done roasting, mince the garlic. Toss the pasta with the garlic, a little oil, and the goat cheese, add the squash and pine nuts. Serve warm.
This was really tasty! A bit heavier and more filling than I expected, but extremely tasty. I was surprised that it didn’t take too long to put together either. So you should totally make some sort of version of this! Naturally, since its fall, I have moved on to red wines with dinner. This one was a cab-heavy South African blend. I know I’m pretty skeptical about South African wines, but I’ve had a couple red blends I’ve liked. Song of the Week: Take On Me by A-ha. So this weekend I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, which btw, is super entertaining – I totally recommend it. Since part of the point of the book is an obsession with 1980s culture, I listened to an 1980s pop soundtrack while reading it. I was debating a lot about which song should be up for this week, but Take On Me is just so 80s, so it won.
This week I had a terribly difficult time trying to find a new recipe which seemed appealing to do. So I was talking it over with my BFF and she suggested I try making kugel, which I’d never made before, and sent over he family’s favorite recipe, which is for apple kugel. It looked pretty tasty, but going over the recipe I was like, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar, apples … wait a sec, is this a dinner dish or a dessert? She assured me it was a dinner dish, although suggested I pair it with something healthy, like a salad.
8 ounces egg noddles
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg white
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup raisins
2 granny smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced
Cook the egg noodles until just shy of al dente (or, if you are me, until they are done). Drain and stick back into the pot. Add the butter and let it melt into the noodles, stirring so all the noodles are covered in butter. Toss with the applesauce as well. In a large bowl, bear the eggs, egg whites, cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla. Add the apple, raisins, and noodles and mix the whole thing together thoroughly. Stick in a pan (I used both my 8X8 and my oval baking dish – this makes a lot). Now, the recipe said to cover, bake at 350 for 45 minutes, and then 15 uncovered at 375 for the final 15. However, I didn’t have aluminum foil, and didn’t feel like buying any, so uncovered at 375 for 30 minutes it was! Serve warm or room temperature.
This was incredibly tasty, but I’m not convinced it isn’t secretly a dessert. It tastes like a dessert, noodles not withstanding. I had this with a green salad and a reisling, as I figured a slightly sweeter wine would work better (and it did!!) Also, this dish makes for an awesome breakfast the next day. Just a warning – the recipe makes a ton of food, so I’m hoping my BFF was right and it really does freeze well. Song of the Week: Sunday Morning by Maroon 5. For some reason this song just spoke to me this week. I had a ton of anxiety that I soothed by listening to this song on repeat until I was calm.