Garbage Disposal Pasta

March 21, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Editor’s Note: as we noted yesterday, we enjoyed a very good Food Festival.  Also as we noted, about the best things about the Festival is meeting like minded folks.  One of the folks we met was Kelly.  Kelly told us about her blog, and we told Kelly we’d love to have her share more on the Local Beet. We especially liked a recipe she designed for the leftovers of winter.  Although Kelly published this a month ago, we think you’ll still find it apt for this time of year.  Look forward to more eat local recipes from Kelly.

Garbage Disposal Pasta

Ladies and gentlemen the time as come: I am going to Disney World with my best friend tomorrow to run in our very first Disney Princess Half Marathon. There are no words for how excited we are. I doubt I’ll be able to sleep tonight! Now you may be wondering why in the world I titled this dish with such a gross name… but seriously, I used a lot of random stuff. Two leftover pastas, in fact. AND a butternut squash from October. If you don’t have a root cellar (I’m still looking for an apartment in Chicago that comes with one), you can get one of these lovely racks and hang it in your home!

Hanging Rack

It’s true, root veggies and potatoes probably shouldn’t be hanging in a window with sun, but I am doing what I can here! Now I am not really carb-loading, but I am eating a lot of whole grains and lean proteins this week. This recipe is an attempt at using my leftovers and creating a nutritious meal. It is loosely based on this Giada recipe which is amazing, especially when basil is in season.

Preheat the oven to 425 and peel and chop a butternut squash and an onion. Cover with olive oil and season with salt and pepper and roast until tender (about 30 minutes).


Now for the random acts of tossing…


This pot is a mix of a pesto pasta dish that I made and froze awhile ago with some gorgeous mushrooms and leftover noodles and chicken from a homemade chicken noodle soup several days ago. I heated it up with a little bit of water in order to get some moisture for a sauce. Then I added goat cheese to make a smooth sauce and the butternut squash on top. It was absolutely delicious and filling! Perfect for just days before a race.


I’m sure that everyone has created some odd but incredible dishes out there and this is mine! I’ll try to post from Florida, but it may just be pictures. Wish us luck as we embark on this quest. :) What are your favorite dishes that you’ve thrown together at the last minute?

Garbage Disposal Pasta (Based off of Giada’s Penne with Butternut Squash)

1 butternut squash
1 onion
whole wheat pasta
a couple of spoonfuls of goat cheese
leftover chicken
olive oil
salt and pepper

Kelly Hewitt cooks her way through life forcing herself to try new things.  Her obsessions include canning and learning how to grow her own vegetables this summer! Kelly loves cooking fairly minimally and buying my food from people that she actually knows.  Catch up with Kelly’s blogging at