It’s fall. The leaves are changing, pumpkins are popping up on almost every doorstep in the neighborhood, and shockingly enough, the weather has stayed on the pleasantly warm side. Asheley just came home with a measely six bags of Halloween candy. Six! We’ll defintiely need more. There is a small army of children in our neighborhood, and I’ve been known to have a small addiction to fun-size candy this time of year.
She thankfully came through with my requested Kit Kats and Twix, although I’m not sure if they will last through next week. Her attempt to hide the candy from me was quite futile, as I quickly found it and devoured a couple (okay, four) pieces.
With all that candy in the house, a healthy fall pasta recipe is welcomed at dinnertime. This butternut squash that we obtained through our weekly CSA program has been staring at me for days on the kitchen counter, as was the bunch of spinach sitting in our fridge. Looking out our back window, I spotted some cherry tomatoes that braved the fall weather and were begging to be picked. Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash, Greens, and Ricotta… dinner was born.
Feel free to use any green you want for this roasted butternut sqush pasta recipe. Swiss chard, kale, or spinach are all great choices. And do me a favor… when you’re peeling the tough skin off the butternut squash, just be careful. Use a heavy-duty sturdy peeler (the thing snapped ours in half) or carefully use a paring knife for the job.
I can’t emphasize the importance of using a good, high-quality parmesan and ricotta cheese enough. The ricotta has to be super rich and creamy. And don’t you dare go down the pasta aisle and pick up a green cylinder of that white dust stuff. Find a hunk of Parmesan in the refrigerated cheese section and grate it fresh. If you’re extra fancy, grab some parmigiano reggiano. That’s some good stuff.
Trust me, good quality cheese makes a huge difference.
Best part about this meal? Besides it being healthy, quite delicious, and blah blah blah. You can feel good enough about yourself to sneak one more piece of Halloween candy. The only tough decision is which one it should be. Kit Kat? Twix? Oooo, I just found the Milky Ways…