BUTTERNUT SQUASH PASTA SAUCE
Yeah, I grew a few too many butternut squash this year….but what a lovely vegetable to work with, so many options from sweet to savory.
PASTA SAUCE, QUICHE, CAKE, LASAGNA, VEGAN BIRYANI….all so delicious!!
–can be made vegan
split and roast a good size squash…
simmer ONIONS & GARLIC in 1/4 cup OLIVE OIL & 2tbs BUTTER
when golden, add add 1cup QUINOA simmer for 5 minutes
add ROASTED SQUASH, 1 cup of WATER & VEG BROTH CUBE
add a little ALMOND MEAL, 1/2 cup PARMESAN CHEESE, FRESH BASIL, CURRANTS, a dash of NUTMEG SALT & PEPPER and ORANGE JUICE &/OR CREAM till smooth top with GOAT CHEESE OR MOZZARELLA CHEESE
BUTTERNUT SQUASH QUICHE–makes TWO deep dish pie shells
–this quiche has the same taste sensation as the lasagna further below, with lots of extra protein…
2c roasted butternut squash, then cut up small
2c chopped greens (spinach, chard, beet greens)
4 2inch sprigs of sage–finely minced
1/2 cup caramelized (fried crispy-brown edges) onions-thin sliced, fried in butter 2tbsp
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup Parmesan
fresh mozzarella (the soft ball/log kind–sliced into thin rounds)
salt & pepper
ready made deep dish pie shells
blend all ingredients (except fresh mozarella) in big bowl, divide between two pie shells, top with mozzarella rounds, salt & pepper the top
cook for 45min at 350 or so…check for center firmness.
ORANGE POPPYSEED & BUTTERNUT CAKE
–this cake was so yummy, fruity, nutty & moist that it got snapped up, it didn’t even have icing!
Here is a picture of the apx. size squash to use–cube, steam & mash 3 cups of raw-diced squash
2c whole wheat flour
1c +2-3tbsp brown sugar
1c combination of: almond slivers/hazel nuts/chia seeds/pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup minimal process cranberries
rind of 2 large navel oranges done on cheese grater for long strips
2tsp baking soda
4 large eggs
1c grapeseed oil
3c raw-cubed butternut squash, steamed & mashed
juice & chopped pulp from 2 large navel oranges (pith excluded–as in photo)
blend without over-mixing and bake for 45-50 minutes at 350degrees in a greased rectangle cake pan…or until firm in center and stick comes out clean.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH LASAGNA
Great alone, as a breakfast cake with coffee or tea…or iced with orange-cream cheese icing