A recipe and a change

Before I dive into the food, I wanted to share that it looks like our Sweetie is doing much better. She will hopefully be out of the hospital any day (or hour) now, so prayers are doing their thing for sure! Thank you all for your sweet intentions. We are still on standby for travel plans, but feeling grateful that those plans are hinged on her coming home.

The potential travel, along with three nearly sleepless nights in a row, has pushed this mama quite beyond the point of exhaustion. In spite of it all, I somehow managed to make such a fantastic meal last night that I had to release for all the world to see. Sure, that sounds a little dramatic, but seriously... wait for it...

What is one of my most favorite things? Pasta dude pasta.

Combine that with another favorite, found just perfectly this time of year--butternut squash--and you have a winner.

I roasted the cubed butternut squash, tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper, at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. While that was working, I sauteed half an onion (diced) in some olive oil, a smidge of butter and some minced garlic. Once it became translucent, I added half a pound of sage sausage and cooked until browned. Towards the end, I added about a teaspoon each of thyme and oregano. When that was done, I threw my fresh pasta in some salted boiling water. Two minutes later, the pasta was perfect, the squash was roasted and my dish was ready.

Once everything was combined, I topped it all off with freshly grated parmesan cheese. It tasted just like Fall. I mean, heaven.

Addie loves this pasta as well, and the icing on the cake was that some of the small pieces of squash broke down just enough to coat the noodles. She was eating tons of veg and didn't even know it! Just check out her plate.

This is by far the best meal I have ever made in twenty minutes or less. Give it a try. Yummy in the tummy!

On another note, I feel like the What Keeps Me Going Fridays has run its course. Lately when I write them it feels forced, and it seems that one of four staples made a regular appearance: faith, friends, family and food. I'm working on a different idea that will incorporate one of these four F's in a much more meaningful way, at least that is my hope. So enjoy your fall weekend, see you on Monday, and don't forget to come back next Friday for a new and fresh wrap up of the week!


mary said...

Wow, this dish sounds amazing! I love butternut squash and I've been on the lookout for new ways to use it. Will definitely be trying this.

Kerry said...

Glad your grandma is doing better. Thinking of you all.

Jill said...

Sara, I was at my family reunion this weekend and showed this to Nick as we were waiting for dinner. I thought he was going to eat my phone. I might have to try this next time I'm in town.

sara said...

Now that I look at this again, it makes me want to go out and fetch another squash! Has anyone tried it yet? I'm curious to know if a love for this flavor combination was just me (Curt didn't love it--what???!!!). ;)