Sometimes I wonder why I try. Leela loves to burrow into blankets to stay warm especially in the winter, but that’s gotten difficult now that she’s older and blind and I worry that she’ll get cold if we’re not there to cover her with a blanket. There are pet beds that allow dogs to burrow into, but I haven’t had much luck getting her to use them. We decided to try this bed since the top stays up and it’s very cozy for her. Well, she still refuses to climb into the cave and prefers sleeping on top of it.
Still after I showed her how to climb in and tucked her into the cave multiple times with treats. Sigh.
I’m getting the hang of roasting butternut squash to use for the week, I had two small squashes to use up and roasted them both together for simple meals and recipes during the week.
And I’m obsessed with using it to make creamy, veggie-based pasta sauces. Absolutely perfect paired with high-protein bean-based spaghetti such as Explore Cuisine Organic Black Bean Spaghetti.
Creamy pasta is such a comfort dish that can also be insanely caloric and bad packed with empty carbs and fats. But this butternut sauce gets a creamier texture from tahini, packs lots of garlic, miso paste instead of salt, and a bright and playful smoky flavor with fresh rosemary – perfect flavor blend for a chilly winter meal.
Smoky Butternut Pasta Sauce
- 2 cups cooked butternut squash (or raw)
- ¼ cup tahini
- ¾ cup veggie broth
- 3 cloves garlic
- juice of one lemon
- 2 tbsp. miso paste
- ¼ tsp. liquid smoke
- 2 sprigs rosemary
- ¼ tsp. chili powder
- 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp. onion powder
Place all ingredients into a high speed blender and blend to a smooth and creamy texture. Serve and enjoy! Makes 4 servings.
It’s thick, super thick, creamy, gloppy, and perfect for coating spaghetti.
I added steamed cauliflower to bring more veggies to this party and the creamy sauce worked perfectly with it.
And whew, it created a hearty, warming, and filling dinner with a decadent creamy, smoky, and rich flavor.
Enjoy creamy spaghetti with this simple sauce!