Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spaghetti with Butternut Squash, Spinach, Red Onion and Goat Cheese and Another Recipe

Spaghetti with Butternut Squash, Spinach, Red Onion and Goat Cheese
Looks like we are in for rain the next few days. For that reason my husband and I decided to tackle an indoor project, one that we have been putting off for quite some time.  A few years ago we removed the wall paper from his office and have not done a thing to it since. The plan is to re-texture the walls and then paint. It will be my first time using wall mud but it can’t be that tough right? Anyway, it’s fun to have a project and we certainly have our share around here.

Since we still have plenty of the organic butternut squash that was purchased from Costco; I decided to make a veggie pasta dish. So began the peeling, cutting, scooping and roasting. Which is probably the most relaxing part of cooking for me, there is something about chopping vegetables, the sound, the movement, the repetition, it’s all good. Anyway this dish is fairly easy to put together and any combination of vegetables would be delicious. Pasta water and Parmesan cheese create a light sauce here and I like to drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the dish right before serving. This dish is colorful, tasty, economical and somewhat healthy. This is a fairly rich pasta dish so I served it with a light mixed green salad with vinaigrette. The addition of a spicy sausage would be delicious.

Spaghetti Pie
The next day I took 4 eggs and gave them a quick whisk and added them to the pasta from the night before. Everything was poured into a lightly greased baking dish and then baked like a quiche. The texture was surprisingly wonderful; and a great way to re-purpose leftovers. My husband added hot sauce to his and just like that we had another meal.

yield: 5 to 6print recipe

Spaghetti with Butternut Squash, Spinach, Red Onion

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ½ to 2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cubed and roasted
  • 1 red onion, sliced into thin slices, roasted
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) goat cheese, crumbled, divided
  • 4 cups spinach leaves, washed, spun dry
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan
  • Olive oil, for drizzling

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. While the squash mixture is cooling, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  2. Drain and reserve about 2 cups of the pasta water. Put the pasta, ½ of the goat cheese and 1 cup of pasta water in a large serving bowl. Toss until the cheese has melted and forms a creamy sauce. Add the squash, onions and fresh spinach. Toss until spinach has wilted. Add more of the pasta water if needed. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Garnish the rest of the goat cheese, parsley and Parmesan. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and serve. Enjoy!
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Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

39 comments:

  1. Both dishes look comforting and delicious, but I love particularly what you did with the leftover pasta.

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    1. Thanks Angie, the pasta quiche was a big hit.

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  2. Wow, Cheri.
    Good luck with the home improvement project. Indeed, a nice thing to do while it's raining outside.

    We finally got sunshine here, so out to the garden!

    I'm glad you're eating well. Your dishes look delicious.

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    1. Hi Dena, I need to start on my garden as well. Hoping for sunny days soon.

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  3. Re-texturing and painting the walls sound like a great idea Cheri. All the very best for this new project. Both of the dishes look so enticing.

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    1. Thanks Anu, our little project is taking longer than we thought;)

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  4. What a perfect pasta for a rainy day! Looks like we have a few coming up! And wall mud is kind of fun to play with!

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    1. Thanks Abbe, we've had a lot of rain since we have been here, can't beleive I'm saying this but I miss the sun.

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  5. Good luck with your project, I've decided home improvement never ends. I love this rich pasta dish, it sounds delicious, Cheri! Pretty too!

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    1. Sadly it never seems to end, but this pasta dish was a great way to finish the day.

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  6. What a great way to repurpose the dish. Looking forward to hearing more about your wall project.

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    1. Still working on it, takes forever to dry in the humid weather. Thanks Tandy.

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  7. Wow! Your life sounds like Frances Mayes...the American version of Under the Tuscan Sun. Good luck with the project...The spaghetti pie looks extra delicious!

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    1. Thanks Kim, Will have to watch that movie to see what it is all about;)

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  8. Love pasta! And have it probably once a week. Or more. So I really like both these recipes -- more is better! Thanks so much.

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  9. I can't decide which of the two dishes I like more. I always love pasta but the way you repurposed the leftovers was so creative and looks amazing! : )

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    1. Thanks Monica, they both were delicious in their own ways.

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  10. Great recipes Cheri...and I love how you recreated a new dish using leftovers...
    Good luck on your home project! Have a great rest of the week :)

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    1. Thanks Juliana, we can use all the luck that we can get, haha!

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  11. Love the addition of the butternut squash in the pasta. Delicately sweet and makes this vegetarian meal feel extra hearty. Good luck with all of the projects. Our honey do list is miles longer and when you cross off one thing it seems like we are adding three new ones. So is life!

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    1. Our list keeps getting longer to but like you said so if life, right!

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  12. i almost feel like i'd enjoy the leftover dish more than round one! great ideas, cheri!

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    1. haha! i know what you mean Grace, thanks!

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  13. The pasta leftovers baked into a quiche is genius, sheer GENIUS!

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    1. Thanks Sue, that is a big compliment from someone so artistic like you.

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  14. What a great idea to turn a leftover meal into a quiche! Love this!

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  15. I also love the peeling and chopping an veggie prep.

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  16. This looks wonderful, Cheri. And I completely agree with you- there is something very zen about preparing the veggies!

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    1. Thanks David, hope your having a great week.

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  17. The pasta looks amazing, but I think the quiche might win me over even more! Great way to repurpose the leftovers!!!

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  18. The pasta looks delicious - and I love remakes with leftovers! What a winning combination!

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    1. Thanks Beth, they both worked out great.

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  19. We love recipes like these! Great recipe Cheri! The day after, we love turning a dish of pasta into a quick frittata and call it a day! Awesome!

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  20. Good luck with the house project - there is always something to do in a house. You'll need this fantastic looking pasta for some energy!

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  21. One of my favorite dishes is butternut squash with red onion. I bet this is absolutely delicious! Hope your project went well and hope the rain headed out for a while :)

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