Recipe Review ~ Pasta with Squash, Mushrooms and Spinach

 

Hi Everyone,

Today we are making this Squash Spaghetti dish I found on "Taste of Health"(link below).

2 Method Pasta with Squash, Mushrooms and Spinach [vegetarian]


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http://www.tastesofhealth.eu/2015/03/2-method-pasta-with-squash-mushrooms.html

This dish was out of love, according to it's creator who created this dish with pumpkin and ended up with the recipe below. A healthier option was desired, lower cholesterol was a must. 

"So I had only one option: to come up with a healthier but still very tasty dish. What I didn't know then is that I would come up with two ways of making this delicious pasta dish and I would not be able to decide which one was tastier. And that is the reason why at the end I decided to include both methods. If you - just like me - don’t know which one to choose, I can give you some hints. If you prefer to have a very healthy option and an almost-straight-from-the-oven-to-the-table dish, choose the Roasting Method. But if you have more time to be involved in cooking and you are not so concerned about a bit of fat (as it does use a little butter), choose the Frying Method. However the truth is that whichever option you decide on, you will be very happy with the result!" by Taste of Health.

INGREDIENTS (for 4 portions):
1 butternut squash (weighing approx. 1 kg), peeled, seeds removed and cut into 2cm cubes,
3 tbsp olive oil,
250g mushrooms (champignons), cut into quarters,
350g cherry tomatoes, halved,
2 garlic cloves, minced,
250g  spinach,
2 tsp thyme,
400g pasta (preferably tagliatelle or pappardelle),
Salt and pepper.
Parmesan cheese.
2 tbsp butter (for the Frying Method only).

METHOD 1 (Roasting):
  1. Preheat an oven to 180 degrees (fan).
  2. Place the cubes of butternut squash on a big baking tray, pour 1 tbsp of olive oil over them, sprinkle with salt and pepper, mix well (you can do it with your hands) and put to the hot oven for 20 minutes.
  3. Take the baking tray out of the oven, move the squash around in case it got stuck to the bottom of the tray; push to one side; add the mushrooms and the tomatoes. Season, pour 1 tbsp of olive oil over the added vegetables and put back to the oven for further 20 minutes.
  4. Approx. 5-10 minutes before the vegetables are done, cook the pasta per packet instruction. Keep half a cup of cooking water before you drain the cooked pasta.
  5. In a big frying pan heat the 1 tbsp olive oil, add the garlic, spinach and fry only till wilted.
  6. Add the roasted vegetables and thyme, season.
  7. Pour a few tablespoons of the pasta cooking water to the baking tray in which vegetables were roasted and deglaze it. You can do it by moving a spatula to dissolve the brown residue from the bottom of the tray – this way you will get some extra flavour.
  8. Pour the sauce to the pan with the vegetables, stir and mix gently with the cooked pasta.
  9. Serve with grated or shaved Parmesan cheese.
The 2nd Recipe, Frying the veggies!

METHOD 2 (Frying):
  1. In a big frying pan heat up 1 tbsp of each: oil and butter, add the mushrooms and fry them (stirring occasionally) for 5-7 minutes until golden, put aside.
  2. In the same frying pan heat up 1 tbsp of oil and 2 tbsp of butter, add the cubed squash and thyme, fry on a medium heat for 15-17 minutes making sure the squash doesn’t burn. If it starts sticking too much, you may add a bit of boiled water.
  3. Just before the squash is ready, cook the pasta per packet instruction. Keep half a cup of cooking water before you drain the cooked pasta.
  4. Add the tomatoes to the squash and fry for 5 minutes more.
  5. In another frying pan heat 1 tbsp olive oil, add the garlic, spinach and fry only till wilted.
  6. Transfer the wilted spinach to the pan with the other vegetables, season and mix gently with the cooked pasta. If the dish is a bit too dry, you may add a few tablespoons of the pasta cooking water.
  7. Serve with grated or shaved Parmesan cheese. 


    We have tried the second recipe and wow it is delicious! So there is a new recipe to add to your "Squash Recipe" file :D
    We are trying to find any New recipes for our squash is coming in fast and we are getting a bit board with the recipes we have been continually using. If you have a Squash Recipe that you would like to share, please post it in the comments and I will post it with this blog post! And in advance, my family thanks you! LOL!
    *I used small egg noodles and my home grown cherry tomatoes are about 1/3 the size of the original photo for this recipe. But it tasted great just the same!
    Have a Wonderful Weekend Everyone!
    God Bless your days!
    Enjoy!
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