I’m sad to report that the last couple of meals chez nous have not been worthy of a post. There was a failed curry. There was a frozen pizza…and then pizza delivery. And then for the last couple of days, there has been Lipton’s soup, as I struggle to fend off a cold.
But this meal redeems me to me. And to my husband. And based on the punches I received to my uterus, baby as well. I guess butter + pasta will do that.
Brown Butter Sage Ravioli with Roasted Vegetables
- olive oil
- 1 package pre-cut butternut squash
- 1 package cremini mushrooms, sliced in half
- 8 leaves fresh sage
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 package ravioli (I used root vegetable ravioli from TJ’s)
- splash dry white wine
- juice from 1/2 lemon
- pepper, salt
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spread the butternut squash evenly in a jelly roll pan, drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper and give the whole thing a toss. Stick in the oven for 20 minutes – use this time to slice up your mushrooms and prep your garlic.
- At the 20 minute mark, add the mushrooms to the pan with the squash, give the mixture a toss, and then stick it back in the oven for another 20 minutes. (This is actually the perfect amount of time to do the rest of the steps below!)
- Start boiling water for the ravioli – add a bit of salt for flavor. Cook the ravioli according to directions; drain and reserve just a splash of the starchy water.
- While water boils, heat a small skillet over medium heat – when hot, add the butter. When the butter starts to turn lightly brown at the top, add the garlic, cook for 30 seconds, and then add the sage. Cook for 1-2 minutes, and then remove from heat. Add a splash of wine, the lemon juice and just a touch of pepper.
- Take your veggies out of the oven. Serve raviolio topped with veggies, and then drizzle the sauce over the top. Don’t forget to garnish with the sage – this is delicious.
HOLY DELICIOUS. How have I never been taken aside before for an explanation of the glories of brown butter sage sauce? Mom, where were you on this one?!
Let’s just say we won’t have high electricity bills stemming from time spent in the kitchen this month. I’ve had more important things to worry about…like, HOW in the world are we going to keep up with a bunch of 25 year olds this weekend?
And, almost as important, what do you wear while doing it? Full disclosure: I shop at Talbot’s and I LOVE it. But I’m guessing they haven’t necessarily penetrated the 25 year old market segment. (To the 25 year old’s detriment, to be quite frank. Talbot’s is amazing. And Talbot’s sale rack? Don’t even get me started.)
In the meantime, I did take a break from these important questions to whip this up last night.
Sausage and Sage Vegetable Rigatoni
- half box pasta
- olive oil
- 1 onion, roughly chopped
- 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
- salt, pepper & crushed reds
- 8-10 leaves fresh sage, roughly chopped
- 1 big handful cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 carton mushrooms, sliced
- 3 links hot Italian sausage, casings removed
- 1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1/4 cup pasta water, reserved
- most of a bag of baby spinach
- grated Parmesan cheese
- In a large, deep skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions, a bit of salt, pepper and crushed reds, and lower the temp; cook for about 8-10 minutes to get them nice and translucent.
- While the onions cook, boil water for the pasta and cook pasta according to the directions for al dente. Reserve a little bit of the starchy water for making a sauce.
- Add the tomatoes, mushrooms and sage to the onions. Cook down 3-4 minutes before adding the garlic. Add the apple cider vinegar and a bit off wine; cook of the alcohol.
- Add the sausage, crumble it in the pan, and cook all the way through. You may want to drain off a little bit of fat – if you do, you might consider adding more wine for a little bit of a sauce. Pasta water will also work well, if you want to add that. When the sausage is cooked through, add the pasta and give the mixture a toss. Add Parmesan and spinach and cover, letting the spinach wilt into the mixture a bit.
- Season to taste and serve, maybe top with a little more sage and Parmesan.
According to the Husband – someone who actually doesn’t like sausage – this was “awesome.” Make it from any combination of pasta, meat and veggies in your fridge for a little frost living action. And it made plenty for lunch…giving me more time to prep for our weekend in Cincinnati!
A week after roasting about 5 pounds of root vegetables, we’re finally finishing them off, much to the Husband’s delight. I snuck roasted veggies in salads, on tarts, into a bowl of macaroni and cheese, and finally, into this soup.
Husband is so delighted, in fact, that he volunteered to go to the grocery store tonight after work. If I understood anything about how odds are calculated, I would put a numeric figure here; since I don’t, I will just say that odds are very high we will not be eating vegetarian tonight.
Roasted Vegetable Soup
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2-3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 2-3 cups roasted vegetables (our mix included parsnips, carrots, butternut squash, sweet potato, onion, fennel)
- salt & pepper
- fresh sage (about 4 leaves) and fresh thyme (leaves from about 6-8 stems)
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 2-3 cups veggie or chicken stock
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- optional toppings: green onions, sage, sour cream, pistachios, etc.
- In a large Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for a minute or two. Add vegetables and season with salt and pepper. Add the fresh herbs and cook for about 3-5 minutes.
- Add the white wine to deglaze the bottom of the pan. Cook off the alcohol (2-3 minutes) and add the stock. Turn down the heat, cover the pot, and simmer for about 10 minutes. (Note: this is an ideal time to get cornbread going! Recipe here.)
- Working in small batches in a blender/food processor OR with your awesome immersion blender, blend the stock, veggies and herbs together. Add stock, as needed, for desired consistency. Season, if needed.
- Remove from heat and add the cream, mixing thoroughly. Serve immediately with desired toppings…and with cornbread, of course!
While I debated the merit of posting a recipe that sounds a little too familiar (I did say that there were about 1001 variations on our favorite butternut squash soup), ultimately, I decided this was dinner chez nous last night, so I might as well. (The real risk is probably in trying to make the Husband eat more roasted veggies.) In the meantime, this is delicious, filling and makes tons of leftovers – using 100% ingredients that were already in my fridge. Score for frost living.