Tuesday, November 3, 2009

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to see it ....

Ok, so the title is clumsy, but the sentiment is similar.  My real question is, if you make a recipe, and don't have a camera to document it....can you still post it?

I'm going to give it a whirl, because damnit if I didn't make one tasty Acorn Squash Pasta...

Thursday night after dinner I decided to roast up my acorn squash from Boston Organics.  It was a preplanning move...  I was going to CT for the weekend.  When I return to Boston on Sunday nights I like to be able to whip something up quickly for dinner so I can get into my 'before a workday' routine.  I was also expecting a Boston Organics delivery the following week - so I wanted to use up my produce before it all went bad.  I roasted the squash and then stored it in a tupperware in the fridge.

Upon returning home on Sunday, I looked in the fridge to find my squash, and some already cooked pasta in a neighboring tupperware.  I wanted to clean out the fridge so I decided to combine them.

I put a tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium.  Once the butter had melted then started to bubble I added 2 cloves of chopped garlic.  To the garlic butter, I added about 1/4 (1/2 of a regular acorn squash - mine was enormous!) of cooked squash cut up into cubes.  I seasoned it with salt, pepper, a little more garlic, and some dried sage.  I tasted it and decided it needed a little sweet...so I added a little maple syrup...about a teaspoon.  Upon a second tasting, realized it needed a little acid.  I added about a 1/8th - 1/4 cup of white wine and let it reduce.

I added the cooked pasta to the skillet - tossed it to warm through, then added it to a bowl with some dried cranberries and parmesan cheese on top.

It was absolutely delicious - and I can't stop thinking about it!  I'll definitely have to make it again and take its picture for you all!


  1. The description still does it justice -- squash always works so well with pasta; I love butternut squash and sage butter. I hadn't thought of using dried cranberries before- great wintry garnish!

  2. OOOh I love squash with sage too! The last two times I was at shaw's all they had was MINT! So much mint. They didn't even have thyme! absolute treason.