Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna with Turkey Sausage and Brown Butter Mushrooms

Lasagna was the first real meal I ever tried to cook. It was terrible. I’ve come a long way from those days. This lasagna marries all sorts of amazing deliciousness- it’s got a bechamel sauce instead of traditional tomato and delicious roasted butternut squash.

I didn’t use all of my bechamel and threw some tomato sauce to keep a balance of creaminess/cheesiness, but if you like your lasagna extra cheesy go all in!

Now please excuse me while I stuff my face and binge watch the new season of House of Cards. 

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Fusilli with Lemon Herbed Chicken, Sunchokes, Romanesco, Asparagus, and Leeks

This week I had NO IDEA what I wanted to make. Usually I have an idea by the end of the week, but I was in a pasta rut this week, so I enlisted the help of my instagram followers.

My friend Sam suggested something with seasonal veggies and while most of the time I decide what I am making based off what I can find at the farmers market, I decided to go ALL OUT for Sam.

I already had sunchokes in mind when I got to the market, but then I saw the romanesco I knew I had to buy it, mostly just because it was weird and beautiful.

Fusilli is the perfect pasta for this dish, it’s spirals hug all of the ingredients.

This is for you Sam!

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Beet Ravioli with Walnut Pesto and Goat Cheese

So I am not going to pretend like last week’s recipe for Friday Night Pasta dinner went super well. It’s why I haven’t shared the recipe until now.

I was preparing for a Valentine’s Day dinner party (I might share that later), baking copious amounts of cookies, and attempting to make pasta dough for the first time (because making pasta dough sounds like a great idea when you’re already doing a million things). My pasta dough was edible but too thick; so I’m going to give you Martha Stewart’s recipe for the dough and my recipe for the filling (which was good).

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Drunken Spaghetti with Clams

I know it’s not Friday. But I thought you might like to make something special this weekend, maybe for someone special?

I’ve had this recipe in my back pocket (bookmarked on my computer) for years but it wasn’t until last year that I made it for the first time. It’s surprisingly simple and REALLY tasty! The drunken noodles alone are full of flavor and the oil, butter, garlic, and wine sauce pulls it all together. I halved the number of noodles and clams from the original recipe because I was only cooking for two. While one thing I love about  Friday Night Pasta Dinner is the left-overs, I’m a little suspicious of left-over clams. If you want to halve the recipe for the sauce too you can, but I left it alone. I like my noodles extra saucy!

This dish makes for the ultimate romantic meal, so if you want to avoid the crowds I highly recommend staying in and making this on Valentines Day!

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