One of my favorite easy meals is pasta. It’s impossible to screw up and it always tastes good. And did I mention it’s quick? Oh yeah, there’s that too. Of course, any pasta is only as good as the sauce you put on it—this is why I’m always on the lookout for new and different sauces to use. When I found Dave’s Gourmet Pasta Sauce at World Market, I knew I had to try it. Butternut Squash I am there! And since they happened to be on sale and I happened to have a $10 off $30 coupon for World Market, I decided to take a risk and buy a few jars. Luckily, this was a risk that paid off.
I hate making pasta by itself—we like our veggie to pasta ratio to be at least 3 to 1. With tomato-based sauces, I usually throw in sautéed zucchini, mushrooms and/or onions or maybe some roasted broccoli or eggplant. But butternut squash sauce is a little bit trickier. I have a recipe for roasted squash and cauliflower, so remembering how tasty that pairing was, I decided cauliflower would be a good choice. I had an onion lying around and rosemary from a recipe a few days prior, so I threw those in as well.
I cut a small head of cauliflower into medium florets—you want to try to keep them uniform in size, since they’re being roasted. The onions were cut into wedges and I tossed everything together with the leaves from a sprig of rosemary and a tablespoon of olive oil. Add a little salt and pepper too, to taste. Roast it in an oven heated to 375 degrees for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through. It smells AMAZING when it’s cooking! You’ll know it’s done when the veggies are golden, maybe a little bit brown on the edges. Once the veggies are done, throw them in with the pasta and toss everything together with the sauce. I love me some Parmesan cheese, so I added a little of that on mine. The hubs isn’t a fan, so he had his without. The roasted onions and cauliflower are perfect with this sauce—roasting really mellows out the flavor of cauliflower (and onions too, for that matter). To me, the best meals are the ones that taste like you spent a lot more time and effort on them than you really did—this meal was definitely a winner on that front. SO YUMMY!