Friday, March 25, 2011

It's dinner time!

I don't usually cook anymore...  I eat cold cereal (usually cinnamon life and I add more cinnamon - -I know, I'm a freak) -- for breakfast and lunch....  and sometimes, even supper.  Yes. It's true.  I'm a homemaker IN TRAINING!!! Give me a break!
What does Jerk Face eat? He's a big boy! He can fend for himself! He usually makes a sandwich -- besides, he eats about 2-3 hours earlier than I would like to.
When I DO make supper, however, I like to make the sort of things that you need to make a special trip to the grocery store. You know, just so you have the ingredients. . .much to Jerk Faces chagrin.  Tonight, was one of those scenarios.  I had some butternut squash (it WAS for LB, but her tummy can't handle it-so I had to use it for something else).  So I scoured my favorite website and came across this:

Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells


  • 2 butternut squash, quartered and seeded
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced rosemary
  • salt to taste
  • 1 (16 ounce) package jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 red onion, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 cups cream
  • 2 tablespoons goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • cooking spray
  • 1 (10 ounce) bag spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil squash until very tender, 8-10 minutes. Lift squash out of water with a slotted spoon; cool slightly and peel. Combine cooked squash, garlic, 1/2 cup cream, 2 tablespoons butter, and 1 teaspoon rosemary in a food processor; process until squash is smooth. Salt to taste.
  2. Bring the water back to a boil, adding more if necessary. Stir in the shell pasta, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still very firm to the bite, about 10 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  3. Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Stir in red onion and brown sugar. Cook and stir over low heat, until onion is very soft and sweet, about 15 minutes. Remove from skillet; reserve. Melt 1/4 cup butter in the same skillet. Sprinkle flour into butter and stir until incorporated. Pour in 3 1/2 cups cream; whisk in goat cheese and remaining 1 teaspoon rosemary. Cook until sauce is thick, 4-6 minutes. Stir in the reserved onions.
  5. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Scatter spinach over bottom of dish. Stuff pasta shells evenly with butternut squash mixture and place atop spinach. Bake shells in preheated oven until hot, about 10 minutes. Top with sauce, and sprinkle with parsley to serve.

Nutritional Information open nutritional information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 899 | Total Fat: 56.3g | Cholesterol: 187mgPowered by ESHA Nutrient Database  

 This makes a LOT! I only used 1 squash and have quite a bit left over.  I also mixed some goat cheese in with the squash filling.   *and put some spinach leaves into the shells.
Try it and Enjoy!              

1 comment:

Steph said...

That looks so yummy, Kellie. When I feel like cooking again, I am gonna try it.

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