Thursday, 4 March 2010

A tray of veg in the oven...

We love roasted vegetables, they are a very regular fallback, and a most enjoyable one, in our house. They can be delicious just as they are, or with some halloumi cheese sliced on top, or with sausages... Or use them to accompany a plain meal of chicken... And so flexible, the wonderful thing about these veg is that you can add all kinds of wonderful flavours to them too.

In the context of this blog, roasted vegetables are also the ultimate frugal solution. Just use whatever you have left in the fridge!

  • Small butternut squash
  • 2 red onions
  • large punnet cherry tomatoes
  • Good sprig rosemary, needles separated from the stem
  • 2 fat garlic cloves
  • Medium red chilli
  • Pasta for 2
  • 1 ball mozzarella
  • Preheat the oven to 190C/370F.
  • Peel the butternut squash, scoop out the seeds with an icecream scoop (really, it is the BEST tool for the job),, and cut it into rough 1/2" dice.
  • Tumble into a roasting tin and drizzle over some olive oil. Give it a good stir to coat, then roast for 15-20 minutes until softening and slightly charred at the edges.
  • Add the tomatoes and onions, peeled and cut into wedges, to the tray.
  • Very finely chop the rosemary, garlic, and chilli, and scatter over the veg. Add a little more oil and stir again, then pop back into the oven for another 15 minutes.
  • Cook the pasta, keep it a little under al dente as it will continue to cook when mixed with the hot vegetables.
  • Once the veg are softened but not overly charred, tip in the drained pasta and stir everything together. Tear or slice in the mozzarella and add a good grinding of fresh black pepper.
  • Let it sit for a couple of minutes for the mozzarella to begin to soften and oooooooze beguilingly, then serve straight from the tray.

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