Monthly Archives: November 2017

Spaghetti Squash Alfredo / Pancetta and Peas

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Spaghetti Squash Alfredo / Pancetta and Peas

If you have never tried spaghetti squash, you owe it to yourself to try it.  I love it, my husband not so much.

  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (about 3 lbs.)
  • 4 oz. pancetta, diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 small shallot, diced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

Halve and seed the spaghetti squash.  The easiest way to cook it is in the microwave.  Place squash cut sides down in a microwave safe baking dish.  Fill the dish with about 1 inch of water.  Microwave on high for about 12 minutes, or until you can easily pierce the squash with a fork.  Cooking time depends on the size of the squash and individual microwaves.  Let cool for about 15 minutes, or until squash is cool enough to handle.

If you would prefer to bake it.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Turn squash cut sides down on a baking sheet.  Bake for about 40 minutes until you can easily pierce the squash with a fork.  Let cool for about 15 minutes, or until squash is cool enough to handle. With fork, scrape out the spaghetti like strands and prepare as desired.

Meanwhile, cook pancetta in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 6 minutes.  Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate using a slotted spoon; set aside.  Add the shallot and thyme to the skillet and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the wine and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until mostly evaporated, about 1 minute. Add the heavy cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper.

Increase the heat to medium high and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the peas and parmesan.  Continue cooking until the sauce is thick and creamy, about 1 more minute.  Remove from the heat.

Scrape squash strands with a fork and add along with the pancetta to the sauce.  Return to medium heat and cook, stirring, until combined, about 1 minute.  Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with parsley.

Makes 4 servings.

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Pumpkin Pancakes

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Pumpkin Pancakes

These are so yummy!  This is a really quick and easy recipe to make.  You can heat up your griddle while your batter is resting.

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not mix)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vinegar.  Add rest of ingredients and mix just enough to combine.  Let rest for about 15 minutes.

Heat griddle to 350 degrees or frying pan over medium high heat.  Lightly oil.  (I didn’t).  Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/3 to 1/2 cup for each pancake, depending on the size of pancake you want.

I made 12 (fairly thick) 5-inch pancakes out of this recipe.  If you like thinner pancakes, add a little more milk.

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