Pages

Friday, January 27, 2012

Kale and Butternut Squash Casserole


Cooking Light is my favorite magazine. I have been reading it for years collecting all my favorite magazines. What I love about the recipes in Cooking Light magazine, is that they are all kid friendly. I have never made a recipe from one of their magazines that my kids did not devour.

I recently made this delicious - I mean extremely delicious recipe - however it was a lot of work to make. I always judge the complication of a recipe depending on how many pots, pans or cookie sheets it takes to make a recipe. This recipe was a #5 on my scale of complication, because it filled-up my sink with a ton of dishes. Although, it took a lot of kitchen tools - I can not wait to make it again! Here is the recipe (along with my personal changes that I made along the way.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 4 Tbl. of olive oil
  • 1 Package of piccolini mini ziti
  • 1 large busshell of organic kale
  • 1/2 package of bacon
  • 1 large onion
  • 7 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tbl. flour
  • 1 cup of creme fraiche (see my recipe here - make the night before)
  • 1/3 cup of parmesan cheese (shredded)

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees
  2. Combine the chopped squash w/ oil and then bake on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes. While that is cooking boil your pasta - add the kale to the pasta for the last two minutes of boiling.
  3. Cook bacon in a pan and then crumble. Remove bacon and then add onion. Cook onion for about 5 minutes before adding some salt and garlic. Cook for an additional minute.
  4. Boil 1 3/4 cup broth in a saucepan. 
  5. In a cup mix 1/4 cup of broth & flour in a bowl with a whisk. Add the flour mixture to the boiling broth & cook until it thickens. Then remove from heat and add the creme fraiche.
  6. Combine everything into a 13x9 baking dish - top with Parmesan - bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes!

Enjoy!

18 comments:

  1. It's so pretty! But i need my meals to have a difficulty of about 1. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Definitely on week nights! This is perfect for a special occasion meal.

      Delete
  2. YUM!! Anything with Kale I'm game to try out. This actually looks like it will taste good too (a plus when kale is in the recipe, lol)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I love kale too! It is super yummy in this recipe.

      Delete
  3. this looks so yummy. thanks so much for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sure! I hope that you like it!! Your kids won't be disappoInted!!

      Delete
  4. YUM! I have heard Kale is really good for you but I've never tried it. Looks delicious and not terribly complicated. Thanks Shelby

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are going to love kale caryn! It is one of my favorite vegetables - and super healthy!

      Delete
  5. A bushel? Really? LOL a real bushel is a basket that you can barely fit your arms around, about a foot deep. (8 gallons).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lol!! So true!! Just a little package at the farmers market should be perfect!

      Delete
  6. This looks seriously delicious... I love me some Butternut Squash! Kale...well I guess I gotta try it someday! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You should definitely try it! You won't be disappointed!!

      Delete

Join the conversation and leave a message!

I know it looks like a lot of options, but we appreciate you taking the time to leave your thoughts.

Share this on: