Last week we had our first frost in Memphis. I even remembered to take my basil plant inside so that it wouldn’t die. Then yesterday I had to turn my A/C on for a couple hours because I cooked up a storm and didn’t anticipate the high of 77 degrees that day. Not that I am complaining about it being warm again, but fall here never ceases to confuse me. The temperatures drop from 70/60s to 30/40s without giving you any time to acclimate with moderate temperatures in between.
Regardless of the warm sunny atmosphere, I am powering through and continuing to make fall recipes because I just can’t get enough. It’s funny that I resisted Halloween for so long and now that it has passed I am pumped for the next two holidays, especially since Halloween used to be one of my favorite holidays. I guess not dressing up this year kind of put a damper on the excitement. Anyway, feast your eyes upon this delicious butternut squash recipe with a goat cheese sauce, which was my favorite part. So much so that I think I may use twice as much goat cheese in the future.
Two years ago: Baked Apple Cider Doughnut Minis
Three years ago: Asian BBQ Chicken
PENNE WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH, KALE, AND GOAT CHEESE
1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 onion, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 Tbsp olive oil, for drizzling
Salt and pepper
1 lb. whole wheat penne
4 oz. goat cheese
1 bunch kale, leaves removed from stems and torn into strips
1 packed cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for topping
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the butternut squash cubes and onion evenly over the tray. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to season. Roast for 30 minutes or until fork tender. Remove from the oven and set aside.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package directions, stirring in the kale in the last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain, reserving 2 cups of pasta water.
- In a large bowl, whisk the goat cheese into 1 cup of the pasta water until smooth, adding more water if necessary to make a sauce of your desired consistency. Add the pasta, kale, squash, and onions, and toss until evenly distributed. Stir in the basil and Parmesan cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serves topped with more Parmesan cheese if desired.
Source: Adapted slightly from Joanne Eats Well With Others.