Italian Sausage Pasta with Roasted Squash & Greens

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

Ingredients:
1 winter squash of your choice, peeled, seeded, and cut into bite-sized chunks
1 Walla Walla sweet onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 bunch Lacinato kale, leaves pulled from tough stems and torn into small pieces
8-10 fresh sage leaves, torn
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 orecchiette
1 pound Italian sausage
½ cup heavy cream
¾ cup Grana-style cheese, grated
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 eight 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 the heavy cream. Toss together, and add salt and pepper to taste. Add grated Grana-style cheese and an additional and serve hot.

Simply Delicious Recipes

This week’s box is fit for brunch, lunch and beyond with a beautiful array of provisions to play around with in the kitchen—from nutty wild rice and slow-simmered chicken stock to Shiitake mushrooms and farm-fresh eggs from our heritage breed laying hens. Also featuring such seasonal favorites as carrots, fennel, radicchio, orchard apples and gorgeous Kakai squash, this lineup is rounded out by fresh multigrain bread, a crisp Rosé and garden-grown herbs—enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Wild Rice with Sautéed Shiitake Mushrooms
This hearty, robust dish is excellent warm or made ahead and served at room temperature.

Shiitake Mushroom Scramble
Earthy mushrooms and fragrant garlic elevate farmstead eggs in this stunning scramble.

Slow-Roasted Ginger-Lime Carrots
This flavorful recipe from Jennifer Perillo’s Homemade with Love cookbook is a real winner.

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

Meyer Lemon-Olive Oil Custard
Ready in 10 minutes, this creamy, eggy custard makes for a stunningly-simple dessert.

Kale Salad with Roasted Squash & Apples

Topped with a maple-mustard vinaigrette and candied squash seeds, this salad would pair nicely alongside this week’s antipasti bites.

Ingredients:
8 cups packed curly or Lacinato kale, de-stemmed and roughly chopped
1 apple, cut into large matchsticks
1½ cups cubed and roasted winter squash of your choice, such as Robin’s Koginut
¼ cup thinly-sliced red onion
⅓ cup crumbled feta cheese
½ cup candied squash seeds (see recipe)

Dressing:
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Whisk all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2. In a large bowl, toss kale leaves with half of the vinaigrette and use your hands to massage the vinaigrette into the leaves. (It helps break down some of the toughness and reduce bitterness.) Massage until the leaves just begin to wilt.

3. Arrange the apple slices, squash, red onions, feta, and candied seeds on top of the kale leaves. Drizzle with the remaining vinaigrette and serve.

Pasta Night Recipes

In the tradition of our own Nonna Pat’s long-standing Sunday suppers, this week’s lineup includes fixings for a meal to share with your nearest and dearest, starting with a satisfying orecchiette pasta tossed with organic Italian sausage, tender roasted squash and crisp-edged fall greens, plus Gruyère cheese bread and a crisp French Rosé to serve alongside. Also inside this box: Farm-fresh eggs, beautiful orchard apples and side dish-ready produce like carrots, beets, heirloom tomatoes and a bevy of greens. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Italian Sausage Pasta with Roasted Squash & Fall Greens
Cozy, comforting and full of flavorful squash and greens, this pasta hits all the right notes.

Honey-Balsamic Roasted Carrots
This slam-dunk recipe from Domenica Marchetti’s The Glorious Vegetables of Italy makes the best of crisp carrots.

Beet, Carrot & Pomegranate Salad
This colorful salad is sure to brighten up your table!

Slow-Roasted Celery
This unexpected side is sure to be a new favorite.

Candied Squash Seeds
Great for snacking, scattering over salads or serving atop soup!

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