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Jewish World Review Oct. 24, 2007 / 12 Mar-Cheshvan 5768

Penne and roasted squash with walnuts

By Steve Petusevsky


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) I get an uneasy feeling this time of year. My brain tells me there should be changing leaves, mulled cider and candy corn everywhere. Warm colors like burnt umber, golden ocher and orange flash before my mind's eye, and I think back to my years in the tree-laden Catskills where foliage was unforgettable.


I remember the change of seasons fondly, and even though I have been in South Florida since 1989, I still miss the coming chill in the air. I am hopelessly a fall person.


Like a cook with an innate seasonal clock, I begin to prepare autumnal dishes that I never make the rest of the year. I will make large batches of soup over the next few months, or cook with root vegetables, hard squash and apples. Baked and poached pears are a must, whole grains are commonplace, and I freeze stocks for future use.


I begin to crave dishes like mashed butternut squash with maple syrup and oranges, risotto with leeks and, oddly enough, caramel apples. I've never made them but every autumn they end up on my "to do" list.


I long for warming foods like ginger root, cardamom, hot peppers and cinnamon. Fortunately, these flavors work well with fall produce. I want to share a few fall kitchen tips and a recipe for Penne and Roasted Squash With Walnuts that I serve at least once a week this time of year.


Freeze cooked squash: Any variety of hard squash is easy to freeze, but the best is calabaza squash, which comes in large wedges. Simply bake it, uncovered, on a baking pan in a 375-degree oven approximately 50 minutes for a large wedge until tender. Cool and dice or scoop the flesh out of the skin, place in a large freezer container and freeze. Serve it later glazed with honey or maple syrup, in soups or in casseroles. It will keep frozen for 3 months.


Fast cooking: I often feel like using whole-grain brown rice, wheat berries or chick peas in a recipe, but don't have the time to cook the dried ones. Typically a batch of grains or beans takes an hour or so.


Instead, on a Sunday I'll cook a pot of brown rice or wheat berries until about 75 percent done for use in dishes later. Instead of pre-soaking the wheat berries, or any bean for that matter, I bring them to a boil in plenty of water, then take them off the range to plump up before cooking further.


I cook the grains or beans until almost tender, drain, rinse and freeze in containers that hold 4 portions each. Later in the week or month I incorporate the par-cooked grains or beans into a quick and hearty stir-fry, saute or soup without having to wait for them to cook through.


Roast some pasta: In the region of Puglia, Italy, "burnt wheat" pasta is common. For a nutty, fall flavor treat, bake some pasta shapes such as penne, rigatoni or sea shells in a baking pan in a 325-degree oven 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown.


These shapes can then be stored in jars and boiled to order. The flavor is amazing and lends itself to mixing with grilled vegetables, baked squash or tempeh.


PENNE AND ROASTED SQUASH WITH WALNUTS

To save some time, you can boil the penne pasta a day prior to assembling and even bake the squash up to 3 days before. Queso blanco, or white cheese, (a mild, meltable cheese similar to Monterey Jack) is available in the dairy section of your local supermarket.

  • 1 large butternut squash, cut in half, seeds removed

  • 1 pound penne pasta

  • Salt, to taste

  • Water

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, diced

  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed and chopped

  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed dried red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces

  • 1/4 cup queso blanco (white cheese), crumbled

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

  • Fresh-ground black pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place the squash halves on a baking pan, cavity side down, and bake 40 to 50 minutes until just tender. Cool, remove skin, rough chop the squash and set aside.


Boil the pasta in salted water to cover according to package directions until al dente. Drain and rinse under cool water; set aside.


Heat the oil in a large nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute 4 minutes until they begin to caramelize. Add the thyme, dried red pepper flakes and walnut pieces. Saute 1 minute longer. Add cooked pasta, cooked squash, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper; toss well. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.


Per serving: 655 calories, 23 percent calories from fat, 17 grams total fat, 2 grams saturated fat, 5 milligrams cholesterol, 105 grams carbohydrates, 9 grams total fiber, 7 grams total sugars, 96 grams net carbs, 23 grams protein, 31 milligrams sodium.

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