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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Chipotle Pasta with Acorn Squash

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a recipe online for pasta with a chipotle cream sauce. Last night it sounded like the perfect dinner, but I searched the internet and couldn’t remember where I had originally found the recipe. The recipes I did find sounded ridiculously loaded with fat (not that my version isn’t). So, I just decided to wing it. The end result was really tasty, although not really so pretty. I was also having trouble with the lighting in my kitchen, so the pictures make it look even worse! The days are getting short really quick in Fairbanks and I am going to have to find some other non-natural lighting sources soon. David thought that it might be better with yams instead of the acorn squash. We both agreed that chicken would also be a good choice. I thought the amount of chipotle sauce was perfect, but David thought it needed more. Be warned, this is not a “light” dish!

Chipotle Pasta with Acorn Squash
1 lb. penne pasta cooked al dente
1 acorn squash roasted and cut into 1 inch cubes
2 chipotle peppers in adobo
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
2 large cloves garlic
3/4 cup heavy cream
fresh grated parmesan to sprinkle
parsley for garnish
Set oven 400 degrees. Cut one acorn squash in half and remove seeds. Place squash on baking sheet and place in oven for 45 minutes or until soft. While squash is roasting toast pumpkin seeds (spread a single layer ½ cup of pumpkin seeds in a shallow dish, small baking sheet, or a sheet of foil and place in oven 5 minutes or lightly browned). Add heavy cream to 1 quart saucepan over medium heat and let simmer for 15 minutes. Combine toasted pumpkin seeds (leave a few whole for garnish), garlic, and chipotles in food processor, blend until a thick paste. Remove squash from oven and cut into cubes. Remove cream from heat and add pumpkin seed mixture. Drain pasta and add cream mixture and squash and mix well. Top with parmesan, pumpkin seeds, and parsley. Makes 4 servings.

1 comment:

  1. Ok, maybe I am not supposed to comment on my own blog, but this recipe needs some cilantro!


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