I think this dish will make your Friday night, especially if it’s one of those nippy nights that is a portent of cold evenings to come. This will serve a family of six happily. Here’s how I did it, but feel free to add your own flair.
To begin with, roast 2 heads garlic and half an orange kabocha squash with olive oil and salt and pepper at 450°F for about 40 minutes.
While that’s on the go, dice up 2 small onions, and slice up a whole package of white mushrooms.
And grate a 150g package of asiago cheese.
When the squash is roasted, chop it up into little cubes after peeling off the skin.
I popped the roasted garlic cloves out of the head and sliced them up as best I could.
Here I defrosted about 2/3 cup of the frozen pesto we have on hand (if you grow a lot of basil, you make a lot of pesto).
Now, this is not a sauce you want to make well in advance. I suggest making it right before you serve it and your pasta water is already on the boil.
In a skillet, melt a knob of butter with a dollop of olive oil over medium high heat.
Add in your mushrooms and sautée them until they’re browned.
Chuck those mushrooms in a bowl for now.
Add your diced onions to the skillet and cook until softened. Then you can chuck the mushrooms back in, together with your garlic and roasted squash.
Give that a stir. Already it smells amazing.
Then chuck in your pesto, as well as 4oz (half a 250g package) plain cream cheese. Stir that until it’s all melted and lovely.
Pour in about 3/4 cup whipping cream, as well as 1 cup milk (or any combination of dairy you wish — that was just the amount of cream I had to get rid of).
Add the cheese and stir until melted and incorporated.
Toss with your cooked pasta and serve immediately.
You can garnish it with whatever you wish! Even nothing!