Recipes

Butternut Squash and Kale Orzo

November 11, 2016

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We had our first frost of the season yesterday morning. It was the definitive cross over from summer-ish/ fall-ish weather to “oh, winter is coming!” The mornings are cool and crisp and lovely. My morning tea never tasted so good as it has the past couple of days. We are two weeks away from Thanksgiving- the food lovers favorite holiday, and I can’t wait. Wiley and I are going home to NC for the holiday and will be prepping for his sister’s wedding the next weekend. What a fun season! Right? Don’t you just love all of the celebrations, the family gatherings, the friends, and let’s not forget, the food. It’s such a joyful time of year and we must remember to celebrate all that’s wonderful. Let go of the bad, the ugly, and the not-so-joyful and really just be thankful.

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We are hosting a little Friendsgiving lunch at our house this Sunday. It should be the perfect day to spend the afternoon with sweet friends. I’m making two dishes featuring a fall favorite: butternut squash. One of them will be this recipe, it is SO good! I made a big batch at the beginning of the week and we have been eating on it ever since. I don’t eat a lot of pasta, maybe one or twice a month will I make a pasta dish for dinner. It’s not necessarily unhealthy parse but typically isn’t something that we need a lot of, no matter what the grain it is made up of, is. I use quinoa/ brown rice flour typically when I make pasta but because orzo is not readily available in all grocery stores, it is very hard to find it in any flour other than semolina flour.

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All of that to say, if you are looking for a side dish that is nourishing, this one will certainly fit in the category. In the cooler months we crave hearty, comforting dishes and this one is on the top of my list.

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Butternut Squash and Kale Orzo

Ingredients

  • 2 cups orzo, uncooked
  • 1 medium butternut squash, cubed
  • 3 kale stalks, de-ribbed and chopped
  • ½ red onion
  • 3 garlic gloves, chopped
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tbsp +1 tsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Toss chopped butternut, onion, and garlic with paprika, salt, pepper, rosemary and 1 tbsp olive oil. Spread evenly onto baking sheet and cook for 25-30 minutes or until squash is tender.
  2. In the meantime, cook pasta according to package instructions. In a medium pan, heat 1 tsp olive oil on medium heat and cook chopped kale. This will only take 2-3 minutes, don’t allow the kale to wilt. It should just be cooked slightly.
  3. Once pasta is al dente, strain but reserve about 2 tbsp of pasta water. Pour cooked squash and onion mixture into the pasta and then stir in kale. Sprinkle with addition salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm.
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3 Comments

  • Reply Raw Reserve Berry Smoothie – A Happy Healthy Heart February 27, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    […] We had a great weekend around here. I taught a cooking demo at the Nashville Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning for their annual CSA Fair. If you aren’t familiar with CSAs, it stands for community supported agriculture and is a wonderful way to get local produce. Weekly or bi-weekly, local farms provide produce that has been harvested that week. Fortunately, we have several around Nashville! The farms are very conscious about their produce being organic and the best possible quality- I really appreciate that. The demo went great, except it was cold. Last Friday was nearly 80 degrees and then Saturday morning was windy with highs in the 40s. I made a seasonal dish that is posted here on the blog: Butternut Squash and Kale Orzo. […]

  • Reply Stefen Brock March 7, 2017 at 12:47 PM

    What can be substituted for orzo to keep this dish low carb and keto friendly?

    • Reply melissahaithcock March 7, 2017 at 3:01 PM

      Hi! I might would recommend trying it with cauliflower rice. I’m not too familiar with Keto but it seems like grains are not included . In that case, you could also try quinoa because it is a seed and is a complete protein. Enjoy!

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