Friday, November 14, 2008

Butternut Squash & Spinach Pasta

After a week of eating really well but not necessarily healthy in San Francisco I figured a dish with some good vegetables in it would be just the thing. This was also a dish I could make with things that were already in the house  (thanks to my CSA) so I didn't have to spend my first day back running to the store.
Oh, did it hit the spot. I just love the way the squash, onions & garlic develop a mellow sweetness from the roasting, its such a great combination with the slight bitterness of the spinach. The goat cheese melts in adding a little tang & a bit of creaminess while the pine nuts offer a crunch.  

Butternut Squash & Spinach Pasta

2 c butternut squash, peeled & cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 small onion, peeled & quartered
1 garlic clove, peeled & sliced
1 1/2 T olive oil
3 oz penne pasta
2 c baby spinach or regular spinach torn into pieces
1/2 T pine nuts, toasted
4 t  goat cheese

Preheat oven to 400 F. 

Place the squash, onions & garlic in a small roasting pan. Drizzle with 1 Tablespoon olive oil & salt to taste. Stir until everything is cooked. Place in the oven & cook for 40 minutes stirring occasionally, the squash & onions should be brown & soft.

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Salt & add pasta. Cook until al dente. Drain the pasta. Put the pasta back into the pot over medium heat & stir in the squash, onions, spinach & 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil. Stir until the spinach begins to wilt.

Put pasta & vegetables in a serving dish & top with pine nuts & goat cheese.

Serves 1


Stacey Snacks said...

How about a little snausage to make it appealing to the husbands?
(mine, anyway!).
I love pasta w/ butternut squash.

Anonymous said...

I love butternut squash but I've yet to try it with pasta! This looks like a healthy and guilt-free tasty meal :).

Beth (jamandcream) said...

Yum. I make something very similar, using feta cheese. I want some right now!!!

Nonna Rose said...

I am a squash lover and your creation looks delicious.

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

I know how you feel about needing something "healthier" after excessive or decadent meals. This looks like it's a fantastic cleaner, and the best thing is, it's also comforting and filling.

Jen said...

What a great way to use things on hand-- I love the orange, green and white with the pasta too.

giz said...

Getting back on track is such a good feeling after time spent going crazy on "stuff"

grace said...

what a purty dish! not only is orange and green a lovely color combination, but squash and spinach would be a great pair of flavors. nicely done!

a quiet life said...

this looks delish, printed and on the menu this week for sure!

Anonymous said...

What a great recipe! The pinoles are a great addition and add crunch. I microwave the squash for several minutes first because my hands aren't strong enough to deal with squash rind. We also us a homemade lemon paneer (lower salt.) Thanks! Jocelyn

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