Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta

So Ina did this live on FB with Allrecipes today, and I thought it sounded so good! Perfect fall recipe can’t wait to try!

 

It is pretty similar to the one posted on her website – either one sounds good! 🙂

http://www.theppk.com/2012/10/roasted-butternut-alfredo/

 

Isa’s Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta

1 pound farfalle (bowtie pasta)
11/2 cups soaked, drained cashews*
2 cups vegetable broth
1/4 cup mellow white miso
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 cups loosely packed flesh from 1 roasted butternut squash, or 1 15.5-ounce can pumpkin or squash purée
2 cups diced yellow onion (1 large)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt
3 fresh sage leaves, minced (or 1/4 teaspoon dried ground sage)
1/4 cup apple cider
Pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta until al dente, about 11 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid, and keep warm.

 Meanwhile, blend cashews with 11/2 cups of broth until smooth when rubbed between fingers. Add miso, yeast, lemon juice, squash, and remaining 1/2 cup broth (if needed to thin) and blend to combine.

Cook onions in oil with a few pinches of salt over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 9 minutes. Add sage and cook 1 more minute. Add cider to pan and cook, stirring up any browned bits, 1-2 minutes.

 Pour half the sauce over the hot pasta and stir to combine. Reserve remaining sauce for another use. Add onion mixture and enough reserved cooking liquid to thin and warm the sauce.

Taste and add generous grinds of black pepper, and salt if needed. (Ours didn’t need more salt, but it might depend on the broth you use.) Sprinkle with parsley. Serve immediately.

Makes 12 cups pasta (4 to 6 servings, depending on how hungry you are) and 21/2 extra cups of sauce, which you can freeze in a covered container for another day.

*Soak cashews in cold water to cover for 2 to 12 hours. Or boil them 20 minutes. Or, if you have a high powered blender, you can get away without soaking them at all; just be sure to blend them until they’re smooth.

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Foster’s Herb Biscuits

Foster’s Herb Biscuits

These light and fluffy biscuits are perfect for breakfast and as a topping for Chicken Pot Pie

Makes 1 dozen 2 1/2-inch Biscuits

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

1 cup grated cheddar

1/4 cup chopped watercress or herb (such as parsley, basil, or dill)

1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
Egg wash: 1 large egg beaten with 2 tablespoons milk

1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside.

2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.

3. Cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender or two knives, until mixture is coarse and crumbly and resembles coarse meal. Stir in the cheese and parsley.

4. Make a well in center of flour mixture, pour in milk, and stir with a fork just until dough comes together. Do not overmix. Turn onto a lightly floured surface, and form the dough into a flat round disk.

5. Pat or roll the dough into a circle about ½ inch thick. Cut out biscuits using a floured 2 1/2 -inch-round cutter. Do not twist cutter. Transfer biscuits to the prepared baking sheet and brush with the egg wash. Place in the oven and bake until brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.

Vegetable Pot Pie with Foster’s Herb Biscuits

Vegetable Pot Pie with Foster’s Herb Biscuits

Serves 8 to 10

1 recipe (uncooked) Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Biscuits with herb variation (see link at the bottom of page)

6 tablespoons ( ¾ stick) unsalted butter

4 carrots, peeled and chopped

4 ribs celery, chopped

8 ounces fresh button mushrooms, wiped clean and thinly sliced

¼ cup all-purpose flour

5 cups vegetable broth

One 10-ounce box frozen green peas or 2 cups cooked fresh green peas

1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage or 1 teaspoon dried sage

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Egg wash: 1 egg beaten with 2 tablespoons milk

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Prepare the biscuits as the recipe directs, but do not bake them. Set aside.

3. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the carrots, celery, and mushrooms. Cook, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes, until light brown.

4. Add the flour and cook, stirring frequently, 3 to 4 minutes long, until light brown. Slowly whisk in the broth and bring to a low boil, whisking constantly.

5. Add the peas and sage. Season with salt and pepper and stir to mix. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes or until thick and creamy.

5. Remove from the heat and transfer the mixture into a 9 by 13-inch baking dish.

6. Top with the uncooked biscuits. Brush the biscuits with the egg wash and bake 25 to 30 minutes, until the biscuits are golden brown and the vegetable mixture is bubbling around the edges. Serve immediately.

Jalapeño Corn Muffins

Jalapeño Corn Muffins

Makes 1 Dozen Muffins

1 ½ cups yellow cornmeal

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

¼ cup sugar

1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 2/3 cups buttermilk

2 large eggs

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

¼ cup sour cream

1 cup (4 ounces) grated Cheddar cheese

Kernels from 1 ear fresh corn (½ cup fresh or frozen corn)

1 jalapeño, seeded and minced

3 scallions, trimmed and minced

 

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Line 12 large muffin cups with paper liners and spray the top part of the pan lightly with vegetable oil spray.

3. Toss together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and stir to combine.

4. Mix together the buttermilk, eggs, butter, and sour cream in a separate bowl and blend well.

5. Add the cornmeal mixture to the egg mixture and stir just until the dry ingredients are moist and blended. Do not overmix.

6. Fold in the cheese, corn, jalapeño, and scallions.

7. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pan with a large ice cream scoop (1/3-cup scoop). The natter will come to the top of the paper liner or pan.

8. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until the muffins have risen, the tops spring back when pressed lightly, and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

9. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes. Turn the muffins out of the pan and serve immediately.

Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding

Serves 6 to 8

2 and 1/4 cups milk

1  vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved

4 large eggs, separated

3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup cornstarch, sifted

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons dark rum

8 ounces vanilla wafers (about 2/3 of a 12oz box)

3 ripe bananas, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds

1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

 

Lightly grease a 2-quart baking dish.

Combine 2 cups of the milk with the vanilla bean and reserved seeds in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, place over medium heat, and bring to a low boil.  Remove from the heat and discard the vanilla bean.

Whisk together the egg yolks and 1/2 cup of the sugar in a large bowl.  Combine the remaining 1/4 cup milk with the cornstarch and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt in a small separate bowl and stir to dissolve the cornstarch.  Stir the cornstarch mixture into the egg mixture.

Stir a small amount of the heated milk into the yolk mixture to temper the eggs.  Whisk the yolk mixture back into the saucepan with the milk mixture, place over medium-low heat, and cook, stirring constantly, for about 5 to 7 minutes, until the mixture thickens.  Remove from the heat, transfer to a bowl, and add the butter and rum, stirring until the butter melts.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cover the bottom of the prepared dish with one-third of the wafers.  Arrange half the banana slices in a layer over the wafers and cover with half the pudding.  Place another third of the wafers on top of the pudding, followed by the remaining bananas and the remaining pudding.  Arrange the remaining wafers in a ring around the edges of the dish, inserting them halfway into the pudding.

Place the egg whites, cream of tartar, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a glass or metal bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and frothy.  Increase the speed to high and beat to soft peaks.  Slowly add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, beating constantly, until the whites are shiny and hold stiff peaks, about 3 minutes.  Do not beat the whites past this point or they will separate and become grainy.

Spread or pipe the meringue on top of the pudding with a spatula or pastry bag and tip, making sure to cover the pudding completely to prevent the meringue from shrinking when baked.  Form peaks by repeatedly drawing a knife or spatula across the meringue and then in an upward motion, or by piping with a pastry bag and ending with an upward motion.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the tips of the meringue are golden brown.  Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Chowder

Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Chowder

Makes 2½ to 3 quarts chowder; serves 6 to 8

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 leeks, trimmed and split lengthwise
4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter
1 yellow onion, diced
4 ribs celery, diced
6 garlic cloves, minced
8 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth
2 Yukon gold or russet potatoes, peeled and chopped
Kernels from 4 ears fresh corn (2 cups fresh or frozen corn)
3 roasted red bell peppers, peeled, cored, seeded, and chopped
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives or chopped fresh parsley
1 cup heavy cream
Fresh chives, to garnish, optional

1. Soak the leeks in a bowl filled with cold water for 10 minutes. Rinse and drain. Slice into ¼-inch rounds and set aside.

2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat and add the onion. Cook and stir about 15 minutes, until softened. Add the leeks and celery and cook and stir about 10 minutes longer, until the leeks and celery have softened. Add the garlic and cook and stir about 2 minutes more.

3. Add the broth and potatoes and bring to a low boil, reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Add the corn, roasted red peppers, salt, black pepper, and thyme and simmer about 15 minutes longer. Remove the pot from the heat and add the chives.

4. Remove about 4 cups of the mixture from the pot and cool slightly. Place the cooled soup in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade and puree until smooth. Return this mixture to the soup and stir until well blended.

5. Stir in the cream and reheat over low heat, stirring constantly, until heated through. Serve immediately, garnished with chives if desired.

Baked Potato Soup

Baked Potato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium russet potatoes, washed and dried
  • 1 small head of cauliflower  (3 1/2 cups or 16 ounces), stem removed cut into florets
  • 1 1/2 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups 1% reduced-fat milk
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 10 tbsp reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 tbsp chopped chives, divided
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (you can use turkey bacon if you prefer)

Directions:

  1. Pierce potatoes with a fork; microwave on high for 5 minutes turn over and microwave another 3 – 5 minutes, until tender. Or if you prefer to use your oven, bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool. Peel potatoes.
  2. Meanwhile, steam cauliflower with water in a large covered pot until tender. Drain and return to pot.
  3. On medium heat, add chicken broth, milk, potatoes and bring to a boil.
  4. Use an immersion blender to puree until smooth. Add sour cream, half the chives, salt and pepper and cook on low another 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove from heat. Ladle 1 cup soup into each bowl.
  6. Top each serving with 2 tbsp cheese, remaining chives, and bacon.

BLT Salad with Avocado

BLT Salad with Avocado

Ingredients:

  • 12 slices lean center cut bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise (I use Hellman’s)
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • fresh black pepper, to taste
  • 6 cups chopped Romaine lettuce
  • 4 oz (1 medium) hass avocado, diced

Directions:

In a medium bowl, combine the diced tomatoes with the mayonnaise, and season with a little salt and fresh cracked pepper. Set aside for about 10 minutes to let the tomatoes release their juices as this will be the “dressing” to your salad.

To serve, divide the chopped lettuce and tomatoes onto 4 plates, then top each with diced avocado and chopped bacon

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes”

Ingredients:

  • 1 3lb head cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp grated cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped scallions, for garnish
  • melted butter or olive oil, for drizzling (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Prep the cauliflower by cutting it into quarters, then cutting off the core (please refer to the video if needed). Break the quarters up into florets with your hands or a knife.
  2. Add a cup of water to a big pot and bring to a boil. Add the cauliflower florets, cover with a lid, and cook for 5-8 minutes until the cauliflower is fork tender (cook time will vary depending on the size of your florets). Puree the cooked cauliflower in a blender or food processor until smooth, then mix with the butter, cream, cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with scallions and drizzle with melted butter or olive oil if desired. Enjoy!

 

Lee’s Thugvember

Ok – so I think I had more success than B with my thugvember (Cooking from Thug Kitchen for the entire month). However I did NOT think ahead like B (typical), and forgot to take pictures.

I actually enjoyed most of what I made, and a lot of things I have gone back to since and made again.

ROASTED CARROT AND CUMIN DRESSING (5/5)

pg 37

First – I love trying different kinds of dressings, so I immediately tried one from the book. I loved it, however usually I throw these together quick while I’m making dinner – this one you would need to make ahead I think because you need to roast the carrots and do some blending and wait to cool

However, I thought came out really good – I would have never thought to put carrots, OJ, and vinegar together – but it worked out really well. I will def. make this one again.

 

WHOLE WHEAT BANANA PANCAKES (5/5)

ok, so not the most different recipe I’ve ever made, but they came out good and happy. A little dense, not as fluffy as a regular pancake but still really good. Also followed the tip and froze some for later, and they came out great warmed up after frozen.

 

SMOKED ALMOND AND CHICKPEA SAMMIES (4/5)

pg. 53

Ok so I like to make chickpea “tuna” sandwiches, like all the time. But this however was some next level *ish. I wouldn’t have thought to mash the avocado in – but it totally worked, as avocado always does! 🙂 For the first time I did do the whole smoke almond thing, however I have made these a few times since without them, I do like the crunch they add with a little flavor but didn’t miss them. Also I skipped the dill and hotsauce – still great 🙂

 

I put the following two together, and it was AMAZEBALLS, literally. I’ve made both a billion times since then – LOVE it.

5-SPICE FRIED RICE WITH SWEET POTATOES (5/5)

pg 68

This is was GREAT, just a great Asian type rice – adding the sweet potatoes kicked it up a notch and made it really filling. I didn’t have any five spice mix, so I just used the ones I did have (ginger, pepper, cinnamon) and it still came out GREAT. Also – I’m a sucker for anything with peas … so you know — ADD A TON 🙂 🙂

TOFU MARINADES (3/4)

pg 77

I’m not a huge tofu maker, but I wanted to give these a go to mix it up a bit, so I tried the smoke Maple Marinade and the Sweet Citrus Marinade, and both were really tasty, and all the ingredients I have typically so that was nice. However I found them a little weak, so I ended up adding more than what was listed to get more flavor. That is the only reason I knocked off a few points – since I felt the recipe was more of a guide – and then I had to take it from there. However, great flavors that really gave the tofu some taste, and both of these were great in the fried rice above.

 

 

QUICK PICKLED CUCUMBERS AND ONIONS (3/5)

Ok guys, you know I am a sucker for a good pickle – so I HAD to try this. I was good – no issues. But I found it a little boring (maybe my pickle tastes are too advanced now) – it was def a good pickle, and up to this point I had not pickled onions. However it was just salt, I think a little bit of other seasonings would have spiced it up a bit.

 

 

SWEET POTATOE SQUASH AND BLACK BEAN ENCHILADAS (4/5)

pg 155

So up until this point I have never had an enchilada – I don’t think. So really, I don’t know if this came out good or bad, but I thought it came out really good. It did make a lot thought, and it did take FOREVER to make, I thought it was quite a process. Good for a weekend meal, but I would not try to make after work.

 

 

COLD CITRUS NOODLES (3/5)

pg 75

In keeping with my citrus theme apparently, I gave these a whirl. I have never had cold noodles before, and it was ok. It was a cold noodle, the sauce was a little weak I ended up adding some extra of some of the ingredients. I mixed in some of the left over tofu to beef it up for a main dish – cold tofu isn’t really good haha. However, this was light and fresh, and who doesn’t like noodles really? I may give another try.

 

 

CHOCOLATE FUDGE POPS (5/5)

pg 182

I mean really – quick simple fudge pop – can you go wrong?? It was interesting using the tofu, but it worked out well and you wouldn’t have known. Great chocolate fix if you are having one!

 

ok – so this one was on the website not in the book, however I had to add it because it was super tasty

ROASTED TOMATO SOUP

http://www.thugkitchen.com/roasted_tomato_soup

It was just a good happy tomato soup, I LOVE TOMATO SOUP – was great with the SAMMIE above, and a toasted cheese ❤