Thursday, January 27, 2011

For Cho'.

Last night, Doug was in class late so I started to brainstorm some dinner-for-one ideas. It started with pasta and spinach and just grew from there.

  • Small butternut squash, cooked in the microwave for about 6 minutes
  • 1 large clove of garlic, minced (I'm really digging the fork method these days for garlic mincing)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp grated parmesan
  • about 2 cups frozen spinach
  • about 1 cup of chicken broth
  • 6 oz of uncooked penne pasta
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • dash of ground nutmeg
  • about 1/4 cup 1% milk
  • 1 individual cup of plain Greek yogurt

Judging by the amounts of my main ingredients, I ended up going for 3 servings instead of just one.

Boiled the pasta and got started on my "sauce." Heated the olive oil and added the frozen spinach. Once the spinach was thawed, I added the garlic, squash, salt and pepper. I started to mash the squash with a spoon and added the chicken broth in 1/4 cup increments (since I was wingin' this, I wasn't sure how much broth I would need at the time). I also stirred in the milk.

Since I wasn't getting the desired creaminess at this point, I searched the fridge and snagged a cup of this:

Stirred it in, along with the parmesan and nutmeg. Desired creaminess achieved! (And added some extra protein too.)

Final result:

The verdict? Success. It's pretty rare that a) I make up a meal on the fly, b) It doesn't take long to prepare and c) Tastes damn good. I'm not sure what happened to the penne; somehow, the shape was annihilated. But it wasn't overcooked, so whatevs.

The sauce ended up turning out exactly how I wanted- a bit chunky, but still thin enough to coat the pasta when stirred together. The dash of nutmeg came through too; not overbearing, but just the right amount of subtle warmth.

I was so excited with how well the dish turned out that I decided to celebrate with a glass of this:

A while back, I got a good Groupon deal for Barclay's Wine and this Riesling was in the mix. Quite good! I tend to opt for drier wines, but the slight sweetness of this variety complemented the slight sweetness of the squash.

Another slam dunk, รก la Tam.


Amanda said...

That looks so delicious. I need to try cooking a butternut squash in the micro. That would save me so much time!

Anonymous said...

yum; I don't have anything else to add!