For whatever reason, we seem to be unable to handle this winter (which we realize hasn’t even actually started yet). We’re freezing all the time and all we want to do is hibernate on our couch with tea and DVDs of The Wire. Unfortunately, we have a job and a social life and both of those things compel us to leave our house on a daily basis and venture into the cold, cold world. What can soothe our chilly body after such excursions? Butternut squash. We’ve been eating squash like it’s going to become extinct in a matter of moments. The other night, we made this pasta with butternut squash, goat cheese, and bacon and it was seriously one of the most delicious things we’ve tasted in months. Because we’re getting downright evangelical about butternut squash, we’ve assembled a list of five of the Hub’s best squash dishes. Enjoy!
•Even though it makes for an ultimate starch-fest, butternut squash does pair rather nicely with pasta. See just how nicely at Salvatore’s, where butternut squash ravioli is topped with a mascarpone cream sauce to create a dish that can warm you up on even the coldest of days.
•Butternut squash’s classic use is, of course, in soup. Sonsie upgrades the basic soup by combing the squash with cider apple and topping the whole thing with pumpkin seed oil and creme fraiche. Decadent!
•Jess Mullen, our inaugural You Are What You Eat subject, hipped us to the Lunch For Henry pizza at Veggie Planet Pizza. The pizza comes topped with roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, sage, and goat cheese. Jess substitutes broccoli for the onions, but we think that’s just plain crazy talk.
•Butternut squash goes upscale at Aujourd ‘hui, where it is combined with lobster to make a bisque, which comes with lobster flan and chive oil. Lobster flan! Truly, the mind boggles.
Dinner Tonight: Linguine With Squash, Bacon, and Goat Cheese [Serious Eats]
Salvatore’s [Official Site]
Sonsie [Official Site]
Veggie Planet Pizza [Official Site]
Aujourd ‘hui [Official Site]