The Walking Dead first came on the air as Gray and I started dating. It’s our “show” – you know, the one show that the other can’t watch with out you. Tonight is the season 2 finale, so I’m going to try out a new recipe. I’m going to make squash pasta with goat cheese, caramelized onions, and veggies.
Summer squash, spaghetti squash, and zucchini are healthy and easy substitutes for pasta. They are naturally gluten free, full of vitamins, and low in calories and fat. I try not to eat much pasta, so I’m always looking for alternatives. I”m hoping to master the art of squash pasta quickly and enter it into my frequent dinner rotation. The following recipe is my first attempt.
- 3 squash
- 1 creamy goat cheese
- 2 onions
- 3 tbs olive oil
- 1 head of broccoli
- 2 carrots
- 2 cloves garlic
- salt, pepper, cumin
Using a mandolin or vegetable peeler, slice the squash into noodle shapes. Fettuccine and papperdelle are the easiest to make, but spaghetti, rounds, or spirals only take a little extra effort. Set the “noodles” on a paper towel for a few hours. You want the squash to loose it’s moisture so that it has some crunch and doesn’t get mushy when you ad heat.
Caramelize the onions in a pan and set aside. Note: Caramelized onions take longer to make but the sweet, soft onions produced are well worth the extra time.
Using the onion pan, ad 1 tbs of olive oil and a little salt. Toss in the minced carrots, a sage. Allow the carrots to brown. Add the squash to the pan with a pinch of salt. Allow the squash to heat through, but don’t over cook. You don’t want mushy “noodles”.
Take the pan off the heat and toss in large chunks of goat cheese. Allow the goat cheese to melt over the noodles, but save some for a garnish on top.
Toss in the broccoli. For this recipe, I’m just using the flowers. I used a cheese grater to gently grate the flowers off of the stalk. If you’d like, save the stalk for another meal. Season with salt, pepper, cumin, and maybe a pinch of brown sugar.
Lastly, plate your pasta and top with the a generous serving of caramelized onions, and a garnish of chunky goat cheese.
Pictures coming soon! But not before I watch some Zombie eat brains.