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Gnocchi and Winter Vegetables with Sage Cream Sauce

Posted on December 1, 2016
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Hi Friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

My Thanksgiving was fairly low key, but that’s just the way I like it. I had plenty of home cooked food. Some time with family and friends. A cold, foggy walk on the beach. And a crackling fire to warm my toes. Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

After the Holiday, I took a much needed break from the blogging world to recharge my batteries. The days leading up to Thanksgiving were filled (overfilled, actually) with work projects and Holiday preparations. And I had some turbulent emotional ongoings as well (i.e. boy trouble) that was causing me some serious anxiety and heartache. By the time Thanksgiving was here, I was exhausted in every way imaginable. I could feel my rope starting to unravel from both ends. To be blunt: I was a hot mess.

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So I needed to stop and slow down for a few days. Which admittedly, is a very hard thing for me to do. But it’s something that I’m working on trying to be better at. As my acupuncturist says, “it’s good you’re doing this stuff now, so that by the time you’re 50 you’ll have it figured out”.

Which is now my new life goal: get my shit together by the time I’m 50. Good thing I’ve got plenty of time until then to work on things.

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In the meantime, I’m back with some comfort food. I actually don’t consider myself usually very good at making comfort food. It’s not really my thing. I’m more of a smoothie bowl and salad type of gal. But I think I nailed it this time with this cozy pot of Gnocchi and Winter Vegetables with Sage Cream Sauce.

I absolutely adore gnocchi and I need to remember cook with it more (I constantly seem to be forgetting about entire food groups). Homemade gnocchi is great – like soft, carbohydrate pillows of deliciousness. But store-bought versions are pretty good these days, and that’s what I’ve used in this recipe. The gnocchi cooks up in just a few minutes, which is a lifesaver on busy weeknights when you need dinner ASAP before you start mindlessly inhaling a whole box of Cheez-It crackers (not that I’ve ever done that). And when combined with some hearty roasted vegetables, like mushrooms, butternut squash and brussels sprouts, you’ve got a satisfying meal that’s perfect for the coldest of nights. I finished off this pot by myself in just two sittings, but you can stretch it to feed four people if you serve it with a salad and some toasty bread. And some wine, obviously.

I’m sharing this recipe as part of our monthly 30 Minute Thursday series, where you can find other great recipes (links below!) that are perfect for fast weeknight dinners. Or for times when you’re just so damn hangry that you might demolish a whole box of Cheez-It crackers by yourself. Just saying.

Cheers,

Liz

Gnocchi and Winter Vegetables with Sage Cream Sauce

Serves about 4

Gnocchi and Winter Vegetables with Sage Cream Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 1 1/2 cups brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1 1/2 cups button mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/2 red onion, peeled and sliced into wedges
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 tsp. salt, divided
  • 3/4 tsp. black pepper, divided
  • 1 lb package store-bought gnocchi
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into pieces

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. In a large rimmed baking pan, toss together the butternut squash, brussels sprouts, mushrooms and sliced red onion with the olive oil and 1/2 tsp. each of the salt and black pepper. Transfer the baking pan to your pre-heated oven and roast the vegetables for 20 minutes, stirring once half way through the cooking time. Remove and set aside. Leave your oven set to 425 degrees.
  2. While the vegetables are roasting, bring some water to a boil in an oven-proof pot. Add the gnocchi and cook it according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.
  3. Using the same pot you used to cook the gnocchi, combine and warm the cream, sage leaves, Parmesan cheese and the remaining 1/4 tsp. each of the salt and black pepper over medium heat until the sage smells fragrant, about 2 minutes. Don’t let the cream come to a boil. Add the cooked gnocchi, roasted vegetables and mozzarella cheese, stirring to combine. Then transfer the pot to your oven and cook for 5 and additional minutes.
  4. Remove the pot from your oven and allow the gnocchi to rest for about 3-5 minutes before serving. Garnish with additional fresh sage leaves, if desired.
  5. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 1-2 days.

Notes

1. If you don’t have an oven-proof pot, you can transfer everything to a baking dish before warming it in your oven.

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  • Chestnut, Mushroom and Butternut Squash Baked Risotto

Chestnut, Mushroom and Butternut Squash Baked Risotto

Posted on November 3, 2016
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Have we just decided as a society to completely skip over Thanksgiving this year? Because if that’s the case, then I seem to have missed the memo.

It’s only 3 days post-Halloween. So let’s all agree to back away from the red and green decorations for at least another 2 weeks. I thank you in advance for your cooperation on this issue.

Sorry. Stepping down off my soapbox now. 

Baked risotto is all the rage around my house. Which isn’t really saying that much, because I live by myself. But have a little faith, and trust me when I tell you it’s truly a magical thing. Baked risotto turns out super rich and creamy. And it’s totally freeing because you don’t have to stand in front of the stove for 20 minutes stirring the heck out of it.

I have a fairly basic baked risotto recipe that I’ve been making for a couple of years now. And each season I like to change up the mix-ins to make a version that’s appropriate for the given time of year. Right now, I’m all about this Chestnut, Mushroom and Butternut Squash Baked Risotto. It’s a perfectly cozy one-pot dinner for a chilly Fall evening. And it also works well as a side dish for a small-ish Holiday gathering.

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I’ve made butternut squash risotto in the past, where I cooked the butternut squash in with the risotto. It was good, but I missed having those deep, caramelized flavors on the squash that you can only get from a good sweat session in the oven. So this time, I roasted up the butternut squash and mushrooms separately (with a bunch of fresh herbs for extra deliciousness), then stirred them into the fully cooked risotto at the end. This method was definitely an improvement on my previous version.

In lieu of cooking and peeling the chestnuts myself, which takes a significant amount of time and patience, I used pre-cooked and shelled chestnuts for this recipe. You can find them in your grocery store in either jars, cans or sometimes in vacuum-sealed packages. Fresh chestnuts are starting to become available if you really want to go that route, but just be aware that preparing them yourself will increase the time required to make this recipe.
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I’m sharing this Chestnut, Mushroom and Butternut Squash Baked Risotto recipe as part of our monthly 30 Minute Thursday series, in which me and some of my blogging friends share links to recipes that can all be made in 30 minutes or less (scroll down below to check them all out!). Although I must admit that this recipe took me about 35 minutes to make. I tried to streamline it as much as possible, but I couldn’t seem to shave off those last few minutes. Sorry about that. Don’t hate me. And hey, maybe you’ll be faster and more efficient in the kitchen than me!

Cheers,

Liz

Chestnut, Mushroom and Butternut Squash Baked Risotto

Serves about 4

Chestnut, Mushroom and Butternut Squash Baked Risotto

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, peeled and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 1 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1 tsp. black pepper, divided
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups button mushroom, quartered
  • 2 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp. fresh sage leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp. fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup peeled and cooked chestnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees. In a medium oven-proof pot with a tight fitting lid, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the sliced shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, about 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and 1/2 tsp. each of the salt and black pepper. Cook for 1 minute more, or until the garlic is fragrant. Add the wine and cook, scrapping any browned bits off the bottom of the pot, until the wine is almost evaporated, about 2 minutes. Stir in the Arborio rice. Then stir in the vegetable broth. Place the lid on the pot and transfer it to your pre-heated oven to cook for 20-22 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, toss the mushrooms and butternut squash together with the olive oil, the remaining 1/2 tsp. of salt and black pepper and all the fresh herbs. Spread the vegetables out onto a large rimmed baking sheet and roast in your pre-heated oven for 20 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  3. Remove the pot from the oven and carefully remove the lid. Gently stir in the chestnuts, Parmesan cheese and the roasted vegetables. Any remaining liquid will get absorbed as you stir the risotto. Serve warm.
  4. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 2-3 days.
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