Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Wonderful Fall Evening

This past weekend, we decided to break in our new outdoor "living room" fire pit.  So just as sun was setting and the air had that crisp cool fall feeling to it, we lit the fire. (hint: you can click on any picture to enlarge, and then click on the picture again to make it even bigger)


We sat outside by the fire enjoying a glass of wine and the setting sun.  Then I headed inside to make a tasty fall dinner.

This dinner is soooooo super easy, but definitely has a big Ta Da factor.

Take one package of fresh Reserva Buitoni Quattro Formaggi Agnolotti.

Some fresh sage.


Some Butternut Squash Soup.


Heat soup in one pan, keep warm.  In a small saute pan, melt butter until brown, being careful not to burn.  You do want it brown though to give it that nutty flavor.

When butter is brown, toss in 3-4 chopped sage leaves and saute on low 2 minutes. 


Cook the pasta according to package directions, then toss the pasta in the browned butter and sage to coat.

To serve, spoon some butternut squash soup into bottom of bowl - this will be your "sauce", so just cover the bottom of the bowl.

Add the pasta, drizzle the leftover brown butter on top.  Top with cracked fresh pepper and grated Parmesan cheese.



Pretty fancy for package food, huh?  And boy does it taste great!!
Welcome Home,
Penny
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37 comments:

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Hey Penny, that sounds delicious! I am trying that too. Thanks for the suggestion. Love the chickens... they look familiar! Still thinking about what a wonderful time we all had at the brunch. So fun!!!! Glad you have been able to enjoy your beautiful back yard. Fire pits are wonderful on a fall evening. Love & blessings from NC!

Brenda Leyland said...

That sounds yummy... and so easy! I sure do like your new look outdoors. That sitting area looks so inviting.

We're into winter here so no more sitting in our backyard for the moment!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Penny, thanks for that wonderful sounding recipe. Love that outdoor area.

Julie Harward said...

Sounds like a fun evening! Love the new setting and the fire pit! I like this brand of pasta too and this recipe looks really tasty! Thanks :D

Vanessa said...

Hi Penny! I've done pasta and squash so many different ways but NEVER like this! Thanks so much for giving me one more reason to bring on the carbs! :-)
Vanessa
P.S. Your outdoor space looks so lovely and inviting!

Aszka9 said...

Your outdoor space looks so lovely.Delicious Food:)

Erin@likegrandmas said...

That looks really yummy! I love your outdoor living area, very cozy!

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

What a simple recipe...sounds and looks yummy :)

Beverly said...

What a perfect evening. And, your meal is definitely one I will try.

Donnie said...

Your outdoor space turned out lovely. I'm sure you both are really going to get a lot of use out of it. We have one here in Florida that we sit around long into the night.

Your recipe sounds really delicious.

Kathleen Grace said...

Perfect time of year to sit by the fire and relax. I love the crackle of a fire and the smell of the smoke. The soup and pasta look fantastic. I think Earl plans on making butternut squash soup tonight,and we have fresh sage in the garden I may have to try this!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Looks yummy Penny and easy! Your outdoor firepit area looks so inviting!

Jeanne said...

Good morning Penny, I am very impressed with your easy gourmet meal. I like that it is great for just two. I wonder what Sam would say. Smile.

I am back from my mini bloggy break. The camera party was a huge success.

I also checked out you train ride. I have always wanted to do this. I have seen the train ride wreck in Dillsboro. Our family went there for Thomas the Tank. It was fabulous. My grands were younger and we even took a ride on the train. Now they don't do it anymore.

Happy Fall!
Love, Jeanne

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love all the beautiful outside areas you have to enjoy! Lots of pretty colors in the woods behind you house, too! I'm going to look for that soup! I wonder if you got it from Earth Fare...hhhmmm! YUMO! ♥

KarenHarveyCox said...

Looks like a wonderful easy way to warm up on a cool fall evening. Love your patio living room, and I love everything Butternut Squash, so this looks like a keeper.
karen

Dena said...

Oh my gosh Penny, one of my all time favorite dishes is butternut squash ravioli with fresh sage. I used to frequent a little place near me that made the best ever -- and I miss it terribly. I have to try this dish! You always have the best ideas :)

Hugs,
Dena

Pondside said...

Your outdoor living area is lovely - you'll spend lots of time there, I'm sure. We are now past the point of no return as far as outdoor sitting goes - too cold and rainy.

Vee said...

Shoot! Some of the photos aren't loading for me...but I can imagine how beautiful the meal was. I don't think we have those products, though. I'll have to look for them. Your outside area is so nice and I bet it was very cozy by the fire.

Pat said...

Your outdoor living room is beautiful, Penny. Your supper looks good, too. I am definitely going to try it.

Kim said...

Yummers! Looks delish Penny! And that outside oasis is amazing. You certainly have the touch - inside and out!
xoxo,
Kim

Melissa Miller said...

Penny your outdoor furniture is gorgeous! Yummy looking soup too. We love sage and will have to try it soon.

Happy week! ~Melissa :)

Penny said...

Penny, That is one beautiful gourmet dish you made. What an inspiration you are! You have got me thinking of all kinds of great dishes from easy ingredients. Your firepit is so cozy!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Penny, your outdoor room is charming. Perfect for fall weather outdoors. And your dinner - it certainly does have the wow factor. I'll be right over.
Sam

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Penny,
What a great spot to sit by the fire and just relax..Your pasta dinner looks amazing, so now that you have made me so hungry...I will have eat something..like I need to eat...LOL
Have a sweet day and hugs, Elizabeth

Donna said...

Mmmmm, what a yummy dinner, Penny. It sounds and looks so good. I know you're enjoying your outside fire pit area. Just lovely.

Hugs,
Donna

Love of the Sea said...

Love your outdoor area. Fire pit is awesome...and your furniture is so pretty.

Mary said...

It really looks so comfy there Penny - wish we could have joined you!

As for the recipe - thanks for sharing. When you told me about it I knew it was something I'd love to try - quick and very tasty. I'll pick up the ingredients and try it soon!

Hugs - Mary

Sherri said...

Penny, I bet it was nice and cozy around the fire pit! That dinner looked so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

Mimi Sue said...

Sounds so yummy. Definitely something I'll try. Mimi

rozetta said...

Your outside space is beautiful. Just remember to take the time to enjoy it.

I would love to have you post more of your simple meal ideas.

~elaine~

see you there! said...

What a lovely spot to relax in the evening.

I made your wonderful mushroom quiche recipe and will be blogging about it today. Now I want to try this one but I've not seen that brand of pasta - and haven't been thrilled with the frozen pasta I've used in the past. Any shopping hints?

Darla

Blooming Rose Musings said...

This coming Saturday they are predicting a rain day for us and I think this recipe would be perfect. I can't wait to give it a try because it looks delicious.

Your outdoor firepit area is charming and perfect for a fall evening! I imagine you are enjoying it a lot these days.

*Ulrike* said...

Ooh yummy, and just perfect for fall!

Daisy Cottage said...

Oh you are such a good cook...

This looks awesome!

xo,
Kim

Cindy said...

HUGE fan of butternut squash soup but hate tackling that tough squash to do it. This sounds incredible. I can't wait to try this!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

You have such a pretty outdoor seating area, Penny!

This sounds like such an easy and absolutely delicious recipe...perfect for company! Thanks!

☺lani☺ said...

Looks delicious! Perfect for the cold weather, thanks for sharing!