As some of you may have picked up on, I’m trying to develop a stronger reliance on vegetables as a centerpiece of the meal. It doesn’t mean that we don’t have meat too, but I do like the veggie to be of such a succulent quality that you want to eat MORE of it and less of the meat.
This one fits the bill entirely and was adapted from Simply Recipes. I didn’t change very much. It was so very good we ate every darn bit of it.
I hope you like it too.
- 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks.
- 1 lg onion, cut into wedges, leaving the root end intact as best you can
- 1 head of radicchio, also cut into wedges, leaving the root end intact as best you can
- Olive oil
- 1/2 pine nuts or roasted pumpkin nuts, or frankly any others you wish. Toast them.
- 1/4 c chopped parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/3 c grated Parmesan cheese (or similar such as Romano or Pecorino
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- Preheat the oven to 425°.
- Toss the veggies in a plastic bag with the a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Salt and pepper and shake to uniformly coat.
- Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet, without crowding.
- Roast until the edges start to get nicely dark (caramelization). Turn about half way through. The squash will take the longest the onions next and the radicchio the shortest time, so separation on the sheet will make it easier to remove as they are done. You want them cooked through.
- Toast your nuts of choice in a pan on the stove on medium heat, for a couple of minutes, shaking after a minute.
- Place the cooked veggies in a bowl, Add the nuts and the parsley. Add more pepper and salt if needed. Drizzle with the vinegar and toss gently.
- Sprinkle the top with the cheese.
SERVES: 4-6 generous servings