roasted butternut squash and chickpea pasta

December 1, 2011

Um, happy December?

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I’m just in shock right now. Literal and utter shock. Not so much about the fact that I just finally used my last squash that has been sitting on my counter for the last two months, but about the fact that the last eleven months of my life have passed me by without a care in the world. 2011, where in the heck did you go? Did you even exist? Am I making you up? Let’s make this last one-twelfth of the year last a little longer please. Except for the part where I am trying to manage the behavior of 21 hyper children who can’t wait for Winter Break.

Me too kids… me too.

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So I’ve been thinking for a while about how I wanted to make a pasta dish with this squash. In fact, I’ve been plotting about it for at least two months while the poor butternut sat patiently on my counter while all the other squashii got used up before it. But then, you know, things happened — things like me not wanting to make dinner and having the Husband stop by my madre’s house to pick up chili so I didn’t have to cook. Or things like me craving refried beans so bad that a can of Trader Joe’s good stuff was all I needed to make me happy in the world. Or things like me just wanting to dip squash in as much ketchup as I possibly could — pasta was all too fancy and stuff.

Did I fail to mention all of those examples were from this past week? Somehow I’m missing 7 weeks worth of dinners where I did not use the b-nut to it’s optimal potential.

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But then, today was December, and I thought December was as good a time as any to make butternut squash pasta — even though I made it in November because it was last night’s dinner. Have I lost you yet?

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This was another one of those dishes I set down in front of the Husband and immediately began praying (perhaps out loud) that he would accept it, try it, and love it. I may have gotten a “what’s this orange stuff?” question — and after I lovingly told him that all unidentifiable orange food I serve has to be squash, he took a few bites.. and then a few more.. and then a few more.. and soon the plate was empty and being scraped with a fork.

Victory.

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I was “mmm’ing” so loud while I was eating this that I may or may not have pretended not to hear the Husband tell me he really likes it best when there is meat in his pasta dishes.

Ignorance is bliss my friends.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 1, 2011 at 6:04 am

Ignorance is bliss my friends. <— INDEED!

The food looks awesome and I know…December?! Where did time go! I know!

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Michelle@PeachyPalate December 1, 2011 at 6:09 am

Steamy! I’m posting a butternut squash and sage pasta recipe today! :) love it!

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Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles December 1, 2011 at 6:10 am

I have lost all energy to cook when I get home at night (poor, poor husband of mine- you should feel sorry for him…) There is something about managing the behavior of 9 & 10 year old children that takes it out of a person! —-Shall we make a paper chain to count down winter break? I think so! :)

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 6:13 am

I’m all for the paper chain!!

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Lindsay @ Lindsay's List December 1, 2011 at 7:29 am

We have one!!! I should take a picture!

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Please do!

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Khushboo December 1, 2011 at 6:18 am

I’ve actually used chickpeas as a sauce thickener, I think I want to try eating them as a pasta topper instead after seeing this post!

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Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 1, 2011 at 6:42 am

I’m feeling the same way, where did this semester go?? I was just getting started! And I would have a VERY hard time not going crazy with those kids! I can’t imagine trying to get them all to focus for the next couple of weeks!

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm

It won’t be too bad – I’m glad we’re not going back until the second week of January!

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Lauren December 1, 2011 at 6:46 am

LOVE this! I’m finding that BN Squash is probably one of the most versatile vegetable…..it can be used in pasta dishes, pizza, soup, breakfasts….love it!

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm

It’s just too delicious for words!

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Val December 1, 2011 at 6:56 am

mmmm two of my favourite things! Chickpeas and butternut squash! I’m loving all your squash recipes! I can’t get enough squash right now and you’re recipes are inspiring!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 1, 2011 at 7:10 am

Silly husband – who needs meat when you’ve got delicious squash? ;) This looks great!

I can’t believe it’s December either! That means exams start in 11 days. Eek!

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm

That’s what I think!!

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kathleen @ the daily crumb December 1, 2011 at 7:14 am

this looks delicious!! i have so many butternut squash to use up after a farmer’s market trip… can’t wait to try this.

i’m in total denial that it is december… and could snow any minute.

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I want it to snow! Bring it on!

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Sarah December 1, 2011 at 7:22 am

Im in complete shock as to were this year went as well. I swear yesterday was the 4th of july.. now its almost Christmas??

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Yeah, I just can’t get past it!

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Amanda December 1, 2011 at 7:50 am

This recipe looks awesome! I’m a big fan of anything involving butternut squash, chickpeas, and nutritional yeast. I think I’ll plan on making this for lunches next week. :)

I also have no idea where 2011 went. When I think back, I’ve been through so much this year, but it’s gone by SO quickly. The weather is also messing with me, since it’s been so mild in Boston. It definitely doesn’t feel like December to me.

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 1, 2011 at 7:55 am

Love sqaush and chickpeas together! Great recipe, I am so making this :)

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Faith @ For the Health of It December 1, 2011 at 8:08 am

I know, right? When I realized that yesterday was the very last day of November it blew my mind!

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 1, 2011 at 8:17 am

Looks delicious, my friend! I’m in shock it’s the first day of December as well… craziness!

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Anna @ On Anna's Plate December 1, 2011 at 8:41 am

I cannot believe it’s December again…seriously, where did the year go?!?

I love anything with the ol b-nut :-)

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Kate (Bread & Chocolate) December 1, 2011 at 8:51 am

Ooh, didn’t realize Trader Joe’s had gluten-free pasta. Thanks for the tip!

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm

No problem! It’s seriously the best – cheap and delicious!

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Lauren December 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

Can’t believe it’s December either!!! I’m a huge fan of adding chickpeas to my pasta :)

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life December 1, 2011 at 9:48 am

Ooh I love the idea of squash and chickpeas together. And well done for getting through that GIANT squash!

Happy December…I know, it totally snuck up on me too!

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers December 1, 2011 at 10:18 am

Oh wow that looks good. Carb-lovers dream right there! (aka: my dream)

I’m glad I’m not the only one wondering where the rest of the year went. I blink and another month is gone.

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Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 1, 2011 at 11:40 am

This looks delicious! I love butternut squash, and actually have one sitting around the kitchen!

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Kit-Kat December 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I love squash in all forms, and YAMS TOO!!!!

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Amber K December 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm

It’s crazy how fast this year flew by! I’m still sort of figuring out how to cook squash in appetizing ways, I’ll have to try this!

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Lauren @ HugsKissesNDishes December 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I’m so glad I am not the only one that craves refried beans! I was so sad to find out I ate all the cans in the house when I went looking in the cabinet last night haha. And that pasta looks amazing, butternut squash is the best!

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm

The Husband and I went out for Mexican tonight and I ate all of my beans.. and then his. I hope he’s not wanting to get too snuggly tonight.

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Lauren @hugskissesndishes December 2, 2011 at 12:02 am

haha awesome!

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Meow. Love butterfreakinnut!

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! December 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I love roasted squash with pasta! I pair the two together ALL the time!!! It is SO good!!!!!

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Molly@hungryhungryrunner.com December 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Amazing! I’m still loving squash right now and chickpeas are my year-round favorite so this recipe is a win-win for me! :)

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Katie December 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm

My husband would have made the same little snide remark. And I also would have pretended not to hear him. :-) This looks phenomenal!

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm

We wives are the best.

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Alexa @ Simple Eats December 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Love this combo! It looks delish and super filling. Win!

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Katie McFadden December 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm

This post cracked me up! You are too funny! Oh and BTW – pasta looks delish! TGIF tomorrow, right? ;)

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cleaneatingchelsey December 1, 2011 at 8:08 pm

TGIF is RIGHT!

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Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} December 1, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I can so relate to the husband comment of preferring meat in any dish. Yes, dear, I know that by now!!

This looks super tasty!

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Marty December 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Mmmmm. Just made my first butternut squash soup tonight and am hooked. This recipe may be the next one I tackle. Looks delicious.

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Kim @ wonderings December 1, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Love the looks of this recipe. All I have left it’s a buttercup squash. Ill have to see if that works!

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Ashley @ Cooking for John December 1, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I love the first shot of the pasta- so pretty! :)

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Kris | iheartwellness.com December 2, 2011 at 1:22 am

Looks freaking amazing, doll!! I love all of these ingredients and squash and pasta is MY weakness…i could eat them all friggin day long!!

xxoo

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Kaitlyn@TheTieDyeFiles December 2, 2011 at 11:58 am

Seriously, who needs meat when you’ve got squash? Lucky for me, the boyfriend knows if he wants meat he’s on his own. He’s just happy to get something more delicious than what he makes for himself!

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cleaneatingchelsey December 2, 2011 at 7:04 pm

that’s what i’m sayin!!

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Leila @ Spinach and Skittles December 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I literally said “oh my God” to my computer screen when I saw this pop up in my google reader. It looks so freaking tasty! Did you take these photos with your homemade light box? They look great!

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