I had a Halloween costume party this weekend and it was awesome. Everyone brought a Halloween related dish and the prize for the costume contest was a pickled brain (which was really pickled cauliflower). The first round of the contest was tied between a Tin Man and my dog Sookie who I dressed up as Super-Dog. She had her own cape and everything. The second round made David the Tin Man the winner. He won the brain but we gave Sookie a doggie treat anyway for being a good sport 🙂
The apartment was decorated with hanging paper bats and spiderweb covered all the bookcases. The pantry was filled with witch’s ingredients like pickled brain, eye of newt (black-eyed peas in a jar), moon-shrooms (white button mushrooms) and lady’s fingers. It was cute. Also I decorated the top of surfaces with different gourds, like squashes and small pumpkins. Now that I do not need them any longer for decoration, we can cook them up and eat them. YUM!
This recipe originally came from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/penne-with-butternut-squash-and-goat-cheese-recipe/index.html. I usually am not a big Giada watcher. I tend to stick with Paula Dean or Guy Fiere, but when I was look up neat recipe to go with squash, the picture of her pasta immediately attracted me to it.
- 1 (2-pound) Butternut, peeled, seeded and cut into 3/4-inch cubes (it made about 3 1/2 cups)
- 1 medium Onion, diced into 1/2-inch pieces (about 2 cups)
- Olive Oil, for drizzling
- Salt and Black Pepper, to taste (whoops I forgot to put them in the picture)
- 1 pound Penne Pasta
- 1 cup (8 ounces) Goat Cheese
- 1 cup chopped Pecans, toasted
- 1 packed cup chopped Fresh Basil Leaves
- 1/3 cup Parmesan, for sprinkling (optional)
Step 8: In a large bowl, break the goat cheese into small chunks.
Step 9: Pour pasta and 1 cup of pasta water into the large bowl with goat cheese. Using thongs, toss the pasta until the cheese and water becomes a creamy sauce.
Step 10: Add basil, pecans, butternut squash and onions. Toss until well combined
Step 11: Sprinkle with parmesan cheese (optional). Eat and Enjoy!
I have had a lot of firsts today! I have never had goat cheese, butternut squash or eaten nuts with my pasta, but OH MY GOSH! It was so amazing that I stuffed myself to the point of sickness, and if I do get sick it was soooo worth it.