Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Autumn Pasta

Ohhh how I love the fall!
Are you sick of me saying that yet? I know, I know, but I really do. The air is just cold enough to have on sweats and fuzzy socks. I LOVE fuzzy socks, ask my college friends. When you're dressed cozy, you crave comfort. I wanted something filling...something stick to your ribs.

I wanted creamy, crispy, cheesy, chewy. That's a hard combo to mess up. Oh, and I wanted it light. Well geez, how do you do that?

This dish. How I came up with it I'm not sure, because I didn't really know what I was doing. I just kind of zoned out and threw stuff together.

I think it's the vicodin... making me think funny. Anyway, see if you can resist this delicious autumn pasta that tastes rich but certainly isn't!

What ya need:
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1 tbsp fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 medium delicate squash
4 large carrots, (sliced in about 1/4 inch pieces)
1 tsp olive oil
6 ready to serve slices bacon
1 medium onion
6 ounces uncooked tube pasta
2 tbsp heavy cream
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded sharp provolone cheese
1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

What ya do:
Preheat oven to 425°.
Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, rosemary, and pepper. Place squash, carrots and onion on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt mixture. Bake at 425° for 40 minutes or until tender and lightly browned. Increase oven temperature to 450° and remove squash.
 Cook the bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Crumble bacon and combine with provolone.
 Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain well.  Add heavy cream, provolone cheese and bacon (and salt and pepper to taste). Mix in with the squash mixture and put into an oven-safe casserole dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake at 450 for 10 minutes or until cheese browns.


Kim - Liv Life said...

Absolutely perfect! I like that it has a touch of cream, but not too much to make me feel guilty, and will all those vegies it kind of counteracts the cream anyway! Nicely done!

GreenGirl said...

What a colorful and healthy dish. I like the first picture of the roasted vegetables.

Monet said...

I just adore those delicate squashes...they taste like candy to me! And of course they can only get better with cheese and pasta. Gosh, I'm drooling over here! Thanks for sharing love!

Anonymous said...

What a great fall dish! Wow, that pasta just screams fall, the colors are awesome!

Anonymous said...

I love light dishes that seem decadent! This sounds like such a delicious comforting meal!

Charisse said...

Total fall comfort food! I love it!

Camala - CC Recipe said...

This looks like such a delicious fall pasta dish and being the pasta gal that I am I will have to give this a try for sure!

Suchitra Vaidyaram said...

looks great- loved the recipe

Unknown said...

Looks amazing! I'm definitely planning on trying this...

Debbie said...

This pasta is calling my name, it most definitely looks fall! I can't wait to try!

Spice Sherpa said...

Autumn pasta. Is it possible to have two words that represent the ultimate in homemade comfort more than these do? Cool temperatures, flaming trees agains saphire skies (just describing the view out of my window right now) and the thought of this meal for dinner. I think I ought to go get cooking! Thanks for sharing. :-)