Italian Sausage Pasta with Roasted Squash & Fall Greens

Cozy and comforting, full of flavorful squash and greens, this pasta hits all the right notes.

Ingredients:
1 Robin’s Koginut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into bite-sized chunks
1 sweet onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 big handfuls escarole, torn into small pieces
1 bunch Lacinato kale, leaves pulled from tough stems and torn into small pieces
5 large garlic cloves, coarse chopped
⅓ cup olive oil
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tight-packed tablespoon brown sugar
1 pound imported pasta, such as this week’s fusilli col bucu
1-1½ cups fromage blanc
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

Method:
1. Slip a large shallow sheet pan into the oven and preheat it to 450°. Bring salted water to a boil in a large pot. In a big bowl, toss together the first 8 ingredients, seasoning the vegetable mix generously with salt and pepper.

2. Pull out the oven rack holding the sheet pan. Taking care not to burn yourself, turn the vegetables onto the hot sheet pan and spread it out. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the squash is tender, turning the vegetables two or three times during roasting. Once the squash is tender, turn on the broiler to caramelize it. Watch the vegetables closely, you want crusty brown edges on the squash and wilted, almost crisp greens.

3. While the squash is cooking, cook the sausage in a skillet until no longer pink on the inside, crumbling into bite-size pieces as it cooks. Set aside. At the same time, drop the pasta into the boiling water and cook it until tender, but with some firmness to the bite. Drain in a colander.

4. Scrape the roasted vegetables and sausage into a serving bowl. Add the hot pasta, and 1 cup of the fromage blanc cheese. Toss to blend, tasting for salt and pepper. Add grated Grana-style cheese and an additional dollop of fromage blanc to each serving, if desired. Serve hot.

Breakfast Favorites

Whether you favor a breakfast-for-dinner feast on Halloween night, or a leisurely brunch after enjoying that extra hour of sleep from Daylight Savings, this week’s lineup is sure to satisfy with cozy fixings like organic buckwheat groats to enjoy steaming hot with savory sausage patties from Skagit River Ranch or cinnamon-kissed orchard fruit, plus farm-fresh eggs and fresh-baked raisin bread. Also included: All-natural eggnog, seasonal beauties like golden Chanterelle mushrooms, Turk’s Turban squash and Taylor’s Gold pears, and a duo of fun Halloween treats. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Savory Buckwheat Groats Breakfast Bowl
This cozy, comforting recipe is extremely versatile—add in your favorite breakfast meat, some seasonal veggies and top with a farm-fresh egg or two!

Buckwheat Groats with Cinnamon-Kissed Apples & Raisins
Topped with fall apples, this sweet groat bowl option is also fragrant with cinnamon.

Meyer Lemon-Garlic Kale Salad
Tossed with a sweet-tart citrus dressing, this salad is fresh and bright and pairs nicely with just about any main dish.

Butter-Braised Turnips with Greens
Simmered in rich chicken stock, this dish is finished with lemon juice and thyme for fresh appeal.

Baked Delicata Squash
Tossed with cream and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, this beautiful side from The Glorious Vegetables of Italy enhances the sweet flavor of autumn squash.

Irish Apple Cake
Spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, this delicious apple cake is sure to be a new favorite.

Risotto Night Recipes

Much like the autumn leaves bursting into brilliant shades of orange, yellow and scarlet all around us, our gardens are gracing us with a bounty of vibrant, colorful produce, from bright, crisp-tart apples and spicy, peppery greens to orange-fleshed Robin’s Koginut squash and rainbow-hued Watermelon radish. Celebrate the best of the season this week with a warm-and-wonderful risotto made with our flavorful chicken stock and hand-crafted white Chanterelle mushroom ragout, plus Gruyère cheese bread, farm-fresh eggs and a robust red wine—pour a glass, ladle piping-hot risotto into a bowl and head for your favorite easy chair.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Risotto with White Chanterelle Mushroom Ragout
Crafted with our own mushroom ragout, this creamy and delicious recipe is a favorite here at the farm.

Fall Kale Salad with Roasted Squash & Apples
Topped with a maple-mustard vinaigrette and candied squash seeds, this salad would pair nicely with this week’s risotto supper.

Candied Squash Seeds
Great for scattering over salad or serving atop soup!

Glazed Hakurei Turnips
These buttery glazed turnips are sure to delight.

Bok Choy with Garlic & Ginger
Fresh ginger and fragrant garlic lend big flavor to sautéed bok choy greens.

Lacinato Kale Frittata
A wonderfully-easy weeknight entrée!

Fall Comforts Recipes

As leaves start to flutter to the ground and dusk descends earlier in the day, now is the time to cozy up with this week’s lineup of warm-and-wonderful fall offerings—like smoky Skagit River Ranch bacon and fragrant fresh sage to accent a beautiful bowl of piping-hot Jacob’s Cattle beans, plus Pain au Levain bread, lively Tuscan red wine and a vibrant produce selection that includes zucchini, Tropea onions, broccolini and Supersweet corn. Also complemented by farm-fresh eggs and Chanterelle mushrooms, this box is a lovely snapshot of the season at its best.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Jacob’s Cattle Beans with Bacon & Sage
Smoky and savory, this is a bowlful of comfort on a fall day!

Roasted Beet Salad with Mesclun Greens & Crumbled Chevre
Topped with a light vinaigrette and roasted seeds, this salad is both colorful and satisfying.

Roasted Beets
Our favorite way to cook beets, this method creates tender, delicious beets that are easy to peel and serve in a salad.

Broiled Heirloom Tomatoes
Topped with crispy Panko bread crumbs and Grana-style cheese, these beautiful tomatoes are a worthy supper side.

Lemon Broccolini
This light and fresh side is accented by tart lemon juice and fresh-cracked pepper.

Sautéed Zucchini with Bacon & Thyme
This simple recipe from the Homegrown Harvest cookbook is packed with flavor.

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