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JEWELED ORCHIETTI PASTA WITH SQUASH AND CHARD

Orchiette pasta

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 large vidalia onion, diced

1 small head cauliflower, cut into small florets

1 lb butternut squash, cut into small cubes*

1 small bunch of swiss chard, leaves only (no core), cut into bite size pieces

12 cherry tomatoes, halved

2 cloves garlic, minced

½ lb pasta, I like whole wheat orchietti (250g) (half of a standard 1 lb/454b bag or box pasta)

4 oz feta cheese

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large frying pan (one that has a lid for later), add onion and sauté until soft and starting to brown on the edges, approximately 10 minutes.
  2. Add squash pieces, cauliflower and garlic. Toss to coat and sauté with LID ON, until soft, tossing a few times. About 15 minutes.
  3. Remove lid, add the tomatoes, and toss, cooking for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add swiss chard, toss to coat, and cook until wilted (you may need to add the chard in batches allowing some to wilt before adding more), about 5 minutes.
  5. Boil pasta water, add pasta. Cook until al dente (or slightly chewy).
  6. When the pasta is ready, drain and SAVE A FEW CUPS OF PASTA WATER. Toss the pasta into the pan with the squash mixture, and add about ½ cup or so of pasta water. Cook tossing the pasta in the mixture and continue cooking pasta while adding pasta water as needed to finish cooking the pasta, (you will probably use about 1 cup total).   You can put the lid on to finish cooking the pasta - it will make it a little creamier. Turn heat off, add feta cheese. Serve.

Serves 4

*if you are using cut squash that comes in the box, you will need to cut each cube in 4 smaller pieces.

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About Carolyn Cohen

Carolyn Cohen, Natural Foods Chef, has owned and operated DELICIOUSDISH Cooking School for the last 15 years. DELICIOUSDISH Cooking School specializes in whole natural food HOME cooking, meal panning, and healthy eating. CAROLYN also owns DELICIOUSNUTRITION, a nutrition based culinary school specializing in holistic health and nutrition. Classes focus on clean-eating programs, superfoods and classes targeting specific health concerns and goals. Carolyn, is an Occupational Therapist by training who left her practice to pursue her passion - cooking. She started cooking at a very young age, and takes great pride in planning both simple, everyday meals and menus you can entertain with. Her informative and casual teaching style has inspired people to become great cooks and to enjoy being in the kitchen.

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