Love, family style.
While we may think about all the couples sharing a sweet table for two at a romantic restaurant, we all know the reality is that not every February 14th is picture perfect.
Some years bringing all the family together and sharing the love of a good meal is more meaningful than a dozen roses. This year consider our family style menu instead of a busy restaurant to celebrate the day of love. Since the chill is still in the air this cozy weeknight meal can be prepped a few days before and baked to order on Valentine’s evening so it is bubbling and brown when you place it on the table.
“The simplicity of this dish is what makes it a standout. Serve a bright salad on the side and wine if you like to make it a complete, crowd pleasing meal.”
BUTTERNUT SQUASH BAKED PASTA:
» 1 Box of Penne Pasta
» 1lb Butternut Squash, cubed
» 1 Head of Garlic
» 1 t Roasted Red Pepper Flakes
» 1/2 C Coconut Milk
» 1 C Shaved Parmesan Cheese
» Salt and Pepper
» Olive Oil
Preheat your over to 400˚. Place the head of garlic on a sheet of aluminum foil and drizzle olive oil, about a tablespoon, over the garlic. Wrap the bulb tightly and place in the oven. Let the garlic roast for about 40 minutes and then let it cool completely before removing the sweet, golden cloves from the head. Chop the cloves finely and then transfer to a bowl. Keep the oven at 400˚ and line a cookie sheet with foil and butternut squash. Add olive oil, salt and pepper liberally, toss with your hands and spread the squash into a single layer before putting in the oven. Roast for 30 minutes or until browned. Let the squash cool before adding to a blender with 1/2 cup of coconut milk and blend until smooth. Transfer the squash to a large mixing bowl, add the roasted garlic and set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and add pasta. Cook for 5 minutes and then drain. Add pasta to the squash mixture and toss until the pasta is coated. Taste the sauce and add chili flakes, additional salt and pepper to your taste. In a baking dish, add the pasta with butternut squash sauce and then add a thick layer of parmesan before placing in a 350˚ oven for 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy!