Today was "Torture Todd with Pasta Day." I know, I am a really meanie. He is not fond of pasta. I love pasta. Sometimes I just need to indulge.
Its not something we have really often, so I don't think he can really complain, do you? Don't worry he doesn't really complain. He just kinda grins and bears it. That's the kind of guy he is. I usually make up for it by serving a killer pud for him.
Which I can't really eat, so I guess we are even steven. I really shouldn't be eating much in the way of pasta either, so I make up for it by using a low gi whole wheat pasta which works very well.
I adore butternut squash. Funny that as when I was a kid I did not like squash at all, but now a an adult I love it. It goes very well in this delicious pasta bake. The colour of it almost fools you into thinking that there is more cheese in it than there is!
With a light creamy sauce which uses a bit of cream and some milk . . . I have combined cubed butternut squash with small amounts of two cheeses, ground almonds, spring onions and parsley, as well as of course the pasta and a bit of extra flavour from the water in which you cooked the squash.
You sprinkle the top with flaked almonds and a bit more cheese prior to baking.
The nuts toast and the cheese melts . . . the sauce ooozes up and bubbles in between the pasta and chunks of squash . . . and it all melds together into a delicious satisfying vegetarian bake that pleases on many levels. All you need on the side is salad and some crusty bread. Scrummo!
*Cheesy Butternut Pasta Bake*Serves 4
salt and black pepper to taste
You will also need:
500g fusilli pasta, uncooked (2 cups)500g of butternut squash, peeled and cut into coarse cubes
Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. Have ready a buttered medium sized deep baking dish.
Boil or steam the butternut squash until fork tender, about ten minutes. Drain well, reserving 125ml (1/2 cup) of the cooking liquid. Place the drained squash into a large bowl, along with the ground almonds, parsley, spring onions, and both cheeses. Add the reserved cooking liquid. Toss gently to combine.
This is really, really good. I hope you will give it a go! Bon Appetit!