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Whenever I see a pasta recipe that only calls for a half a pound of pasta and yet claims to serve 4 people.  I go batshit crazy.  Balls to the wall crazy.  Put me in a strait jacket and lock me up because that is the only way you will get me under control.  Crazy.

Really, you don’t want to be in the same room with me when this happens.  It is not safe.

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You know which recipes I mean.  All of those mac and cheese recipes that claim to be “so rich” that an eensy weensy 1/2 cup serving is all you’ll need to energize you for the day!  You’ll be able to move mountains!  Walk old ladies across the street!  Rescue cats from really high trees!

Hmph.

Let’s just say that I have my doubts.

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So when I saw this pasta recipe in the January 2011 issue of Bon Appetit (look at me being all on top of things and cooking from my magazines the same month that I get them!  I’m so proud.), which only calls for 8 oz pasta.  I suppressed my urge to throw the magazine across the room only by sheer virtue of the fact that it is a Bittman recipe.

And that man is one of the apples of my eye (along with Michael Symon, Mario Batali, and Yotam Ottolenghi.  And now that I’ve actually seen that list in print.  I can officially declare myself a chef whore. Awesome.).  I would trust him with my life.  And my kitchen. And my butternut squash.  That’s love right there.

Plus, Bittman is a pretty hefty guy.  I mean, yes, he’s lost some weight through his whole “vegan until 6 pm” diet plan.  But if he says that 8 oz of pasta is going to fill me up.  Then I’m wont to believe him.

Now before you go all batshit crazy on me and start saying things like, “But Joanne!  You are on a diet!  You were doing so well!  And now you’re eating…pasta.”  Well, I have some news for you.  I will never give up pasta.  Ever.  That would be a recipe for disaster that would probably end in me buying one of those pans of frozen lasagna and devouring the entire thing all by my lonesome on one rainy Tuesday afternoon.  Not good.  In addition to which, I am a runner (no matter what my calves have to say about it! Although if they would just hold up long enough for me to run the Disney half marathon on Saturday…I would be eternally grateful.  Yes.  Saturday.  I’m kind of scared, too.).  Runners need carbs.  End of story.

And if you examine this recipe a little more closely, you will see that it is jam packed with nutrients!  There are two pounds of butternut squash in it…which is double the amount of pasta and meat combined.  Virtuous is the only word I can think of to describe it.

Aside from delicious, that is. It is so wonderfully spiced with the cumin and cayenne playing off the sweetness of the butternut squash and the saltiness of the halloumi.  Another one of those meals that hits every one of your tastebuds in one fell swoop.  And you won’t even notice that there’s only half a pound of pasta in there.  I swear it.

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Whole Wheat Pasta with Butternut Squash, Ground Lamb and Halloumi
Serves 4, adapted from Bon Appetit January 2011

NOTE – to all my vegetarians out there, I am thinking you could probably leave out the lamb and replace it with eggplant or some mushrooms and still be very content.  And, of course, swap out the chicken broth for veggie broth.

1 (2 lb-ish) butternut squash, cut in half lengthwise, seeded, and chopped into smaller cubes
1 tbsp olive oil
8 oz ground lamb
2 1/2 cups onion, chopped
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
2 cups chicken broth
8 oz multi-grain or whole wheat pasta
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1/2 cup grated halloumi or kasseri cheese, divided

1. Preheat the oven to 450.  Spray squash with olive oil cooking spray.  Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and toss to coat.  Transfer squash to a large rimmed baking sheet.  Roast until tender and brown around the edges, 30-35 minutes.  Remove from oven and set aside.

2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add lamb and onions.  Saute until lamb is browned and onions soften, about 7-8 minutes.  Add garlic and the next 3 ingredients; stir 1 minute.  Stir in tomatoes and broth and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits.  Reduce heat and simmer until mixture thickens, about 5 minutes.  Stir in squash.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Cook pasta in large pot of salted boiling water until just tender but still firm to the bite.  Drain, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid.  Return pasta to the pot.  Add lamb mixture, half of the cilantro, and half of the cheese.  Toss.  Add reserved cooking liquid as needed to moisten (I didn’t end up using any).  Season with salt and pepper.  Transfer to bowls and garnish with remaining cilantro and cheese.

I am submitting this to Tackling Bittman and to next week’s Presto Pasta Nights, which is being hosted by Claire of Chez Cayenne.

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106 Responses to Whole Wheat Pasta with Butternut Squash, Ground Lamb, and Halloumi

  1. Pierce says:

    I love that “bat shit crazy”! haha…I am a confirmed pasta lover. Ground lamb, love that too (have you ever cooked it with pancetta and a bit of marsala? Yum! But I admit to never having tried whole wheat pasta. New year…may as well give it a fair chance 🙂

  2. girlichef says:

    Yum, I love everything in this dish…and I’m totally diggin’ on lamb lately, so I’m adding it to the must-try pile! Sounds so perfect- and you’re totally right…no giving up carbs for you! Best of luck in the half marathon…you amaze me 😀

    (ps…I hope you’ll link this up to my special edition of Tackling Bittman this month, as well http://www.girlichef.com/2011/01/book-review-giveaway-food-matters.html !

  3. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Yes, I will try this scrumptious pasta with eggplant or mushrooms. Like the butternut squash in pasta dish.

  4. I am obsessed with this recipe… butternut squash and halloumi in one place?! YUM! Oh and I have chef crushes more than celebrity crushes. Normal, right?

  5. Gorgeous pics- andI love that plate/bowl!

  6. There goes my low carb diet plan… I can curl up in the couch with this and watch TV…

  7. Barbara says:

    Wow, Joanne. That pasta dish is loaded with good stuff! And lamb with pasta? How could this not be terrific? Love the cumin and cinnamon additions.

  8. Shannon says:

    Incredible. I saw this in Bon Appetit too. My love for Bittman is becoming pretty tremendous as well… I fell asleep with a full belly of his mac & cheese on Sunday night.

    You are going to ROCK the half! So proud of you 🙂

  9. Lea Ann says:

    I’ve never just eaten 1/2 cup pasta. This looks delicious Joanne, and there’s one of those cute dishes I’m going to steal! 🙂

  10. Amy says:

    You are on top of it! I received the latest Cuisine at Home AND Everyday Food on Monday…they’re already buried under a calendar, bills, and some other magazines.

    During Insanity, I started measuring out some foods – this process alone was enough to drive me batshit. What I was surprised at is that 1 cup of dry pasta per person really is a significant serving when mixed with a few other things. However, most recipes that say they serve four? Um, ya. If those four people are four years old.

  11. Louanne says:

    This looks marvelous, Joanne, and I love that it has halloumi, one of my favorite cheeses! But, I feel like such a slug, no, an old slug – I have magazines from December that are still just laying about, unread, not to mention all of the new January issues…sigh.

  12. Nelly says:

    Looks awesome (seeing as I’m not a vegetarian anymore w00t)! Think I might try to turn it into a stew-kinda thing without the noodles. I know you’ll frown on me for it but the wheat and I, we do not agree at ALL anymore. Which means that I’m kinda looking forward to my wonderful babysis leaving for school again, because it means the kitchen will no longer be filled with 12 kinds of cookies.

  13. looks yum, very tempting pics…

  14. pajamachef says:

    i’m with ya on the pasta thing…being a runner & all, i can’t give it up AND i think that 8 oz for 4 is CrAzY!

  15. Mary says:

    Joanne, this is a gorgeous creation. I’m always on the prowl for recipes that use lamb. I just hit the jackpot. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  16. Amy says:

    Joanne, you are such a bamf that you will never have to justify pasta to me. Ever.

    Sidenote: that is one of the most beautiful pictures of pasta I’ve ever seen. Seriously. I wanted to devour it before I saw the recipe.

    Good luck with your half marathon!!! Just remember how cool you are and you’ll get a second wind. 😉

  17. Dawn says:

    I must admit I love pasta too. When I do use it I also always go much heavier on the veggies and much lighter on the pasta (or couscous or barley or rice or whatever) for three reasons 1) I can still enjoy the taste of and fiber from the pasta 2) I get more veggies/nutrients in with the heaftier amount and 3) fits into my “food lifestyle” better. Therefore I definitely take your word for it on this recipe! I’m sure it’s filling AND delish!

  18. Mo Diva says:

    i love when you go bat shit crazy.
    It makes me feel normal.
    I have the opposite probelm. I find recipes that call for a million cups of pasta and im like “dude, where the greens at?”

    I also love the pippette pasta. i dont know what it is about the fun shapes but i loves them… i also love orichette 🙂

    and i feel so smart because i recently foudn out what halloumi is LOL

  19. Luigi says:

    Good god, I have missed a gazillion of your posts and lovely recipes. Will have to back read your other stuff after this…

    Another incredible recipe, no idea what batshit crazy means, but im guessing its quite angry. lol.

    And oh Happy New YEAR! 😉

  20. Victoria says:

    This looks fantastic! I completely agree about recipes that use way less pasta than seems normal for the amount of servings, but with so many add-ins here it totally makes up for it 🙂 I would definitely be satisfied with a big bowl of this, yum!

  21. Love that hearty pasta! Runners do need pasta, especilly when you’re putting in the miles that you are! Eat all the pasta you want and you’ll still get that Rock Star body!

  22. Beth says:

    OMG! Disney on Saturday! Good luck, lady – sure you’ll do great. Not that you need the justification to eat pasta (NO ONE EVER DOES!), but you are carbo-loading. And if you’re like me, you’ll use the entire pre-race week as an excuse to eat all the noodles you can 🙂 This looks delish! Good luck this weekend!!

  23. Gorgeous dish!!! And a HILARIOUS read!!! I love your chef list too, and so many many more … Thomas Keller, Heston Blumenthal, Fergus Henderson, and the chef of NOMA – can’t recall his name. WOW
    🙂
    Valerie

  24. Hannah says:

    The mushroom sub suggestion sounds amazing- I am mad about mushrooms, though! Perhaps I’ll treat myself and whip this up with chantarelles… Now that sounds downright irresistible. Butternut squash is going on the grocery list right now. 😉

  25. I am such a fanatic for lamb. I will eat anything with lamb in it. If it has pasta too…WOW! Thanks for a great post.

  26. Where oh where do you find halloumi???? I’ve been wanting to try this cheese ever since coming across a Nigella recipe for fried halloumi years ago.
    And the butternut squash doubling the pasta–brilliant.

  27. Danielle says:

    This sounds great! I havent even read Januarys Bon Appetit in its entirety yet – you are good! I am hosting my first link party and would love for you to link up.

    danielle

    http://mostlyfoodandcrafts.blogspot.com/

  28. Faith says:

    I could never give up pasta either (or bread for that matter!). But I will admit that I’m a huge fan of feeding 4 on half a pound of pasta…it’s all about the mix-ins, right? 😉 This looks pretty amazing, Joanne, especially with all that butternut…mmm, butternut…

    Good luck on Saturday!

  29. i will never give up pasta either. it’s just. too. good.

    🙂

    xo Alison

  30. Kristen says:

    I think this might just as well be called a squash dish instead of a pasta dish. I like how full of flavors it is. Your presentation in that dish is outstanding, by the way.

  31. I could never ever ever give up pasta! And this has so much deliciousness in it, I’m sure the lack of pasta wouldn’t bother me. I seriously need more ground lamb in my life!

    Sues

  32. Catherine says:

    Great post Joanne! This dish looks splendid and virtuous indeed.
    Bon Appetit is such a wonderful magazine. My daughter loves to flip through it and pick out a recipe for me to make.
    Isn’t that a fair deal- she picks the meal, I make it! 🙂
    I too was always one of those people (and still am) who couldn’t give up carbs.
    Pasta is such a wonderful ingredient and so very versatile.
    Good luck with your run on Saturday!
    P.S.
    I wish you and your family a happy, healthy & blessed new year!!

  33. Lyndsey says:

    I am so impressed that you are up on the last issue of Bon Appetit, or was that out last month? Ha! anyway it’s better than me. This dish looks perfect! Can’t you have some pasta in moderation? Yes I think we can!

  34. That Girl says:

    1) I can do a half cup of pasta if there are also 2 cups of veggies
    2) I don’t think I’ve ever made a dish from a magazine the same month it came out.
    3) you’re going to do great Saturday. But really, who had a half marathon on a Saturday? You need Saturday for traveling and getting ready to run. Silly Disney.

  35. Megan says:

    I would never give up pasta either! This looks fabulous, and I could see how it would be filling even with only a little bit of pasta. I actually made a recipe recently (post coming tomorrow) with only 8 ounces of pasta too and it was more than enough for dinner for two that night.

  36. Tasha says:

    I’m not a runner, but I need carbs, especially pasta, in my life nonetheless. I love how this one is loaded full of good stuff like squash! Best of luck to you for Saturday!

  37. i love that you added halloumi in this dish!…this looks amaizing:) thank you for sharing this.

  38. Maria says:

    Halloumi is my weakness, I love all cheese! This sounds so delicious, Joanne! 🙂

  39. This looks very yum..I love the sauce covered little shells.And halloumi idea is brilliant! I m laughing after reading your post:)

  40. Never let anyone tell you your not honest, or passionate, or hilarious. 😉
    It is annoying though, who the hell eats 1/2 cup of pasta unless it’s a side dish for more pasta?
    I love the ground lamb with the butternut squash, so yummy! I’ll have to see if I can get my hands on either of those cheeses as I’ve not yet tried them!

  41. sweetlife says:

    batshit crazy, oh shit ..thanks for forewarning me..lol hey ur a runner you shouldn;t have to give up pasta, EVA! I’ma walker and I still refuse to give up pasta..good luck on your run, you’ll be fine, i am sure you will do great!

    sweetlife

  42. The butternut squash alone had me hooked. What a great dish! Not only the recipe but that serving dish – I love it!

  43. I love the Mediterranean flavors in this dish: halloumi and lamb sound wonderful.

    I don’t like serving sizes on most boxed foods. What do these people think?

  44. Pam says:

    Hearty, filling, delicious, and healthy? Perfect.

  45. RamblingTart says:

    How scrumptious, Joanne! Although I’m having a wonderful time traveling, I can’t wait to be home again in my own little kitchen, whipping up pure comfort food like this. 🙂

  46. Katerina says:

    This is a great pasta dish Joanne. What is life worth if we cannot just deviate a little bit from our predetermined path? This pasta dish longs to be enjoyed. it would be a shame for you not to.

  47. Shanon says:

    I agree, I hate it when a recipe calls for anything but a pound! Even 3/4’s makes me mad. I think it is probably because I hate having partial boxes. But also because my husband loves carbs (he marathon skier) and I sometimes have a hard time making enough food for him. He would easily replace pasta with butternut squash, so I will have to save this one for him!

  48. teresa says:

    i’m not one to give up pasta either, can’t do it, life becomes a little less worth living without it!

    this looks awesome, and with all of that sweet squash, how could you go wrong, or hungry!

  49. Scrumptious!! I know you’ll think I’m a heretic… but pasta is not my thing, so I’d leave it out and just add more lamb to round it out 🙂 Halloumi cheese is TOTALLY awesome– I love grilling and roasting it!!

  50. Marjie says:

    I’m with you in the batshit crazy category when I hear about 1/2 cup of pasta being a whole meal. Really? For a 5 year old, maybe. Now, when you load the pasta up with all this stuff, especially 2 pounds of squash, it becomes believable. And being way out here in the boonies, I’ve never even seen ground lamb. Sad, isn’t it?

  51. There’s no way a small amount of pasta is even worth it. I mean, you have to factor in the amount you’d eat right at the stove, the amount you eat on the way to the table, obviously what you eat the table, and leftovers. Half cup my foot! And with this recipe, I think you’d need to double it cause it sounds so darn good! 🙂

  52. i have this problem. it’s called white pasta. it NEVER fills me up, so i’m all about the whole wheatage with tons o’ stuff on top. especially halloumi, which i’ve never had. the name alone encourages an artisinal cheese trip stat. yum.

    hope the injury is healing itself for project skinny jean 🙂

  53. LOL. I never guess how much pasta one should eat per sitting right. So far, I’ve always been cooking too much pasta and had tonnes of leftover 🙁 and they’re no longer al dente the next day :((

    and those itsy bitsy teeny tiny servings of mac & cheese. are they called “fine dining”? heheheh

  54. Julie says:

    i think one of the reasons i stopped eating pasta was because i couldn’t get enough bang for my buck! but if you say that i can have a big bowl of this well i might just hop over and get me some bnut squash and cook this baby up! except i don’t like lamb so i miight sub in turks

  55. I love the combo of rich lamb and sweet butternut with nutty pasta and salty cheese – you cover all the bases in one dish! Yum!

  56. Laurie says:

    What a fun dish.. as well as your complex ingredients.. yum! I love the lamb with the butternut squash… it must have tasted wonderful! I have never tried halloumi cheese.. very interesting.

  57. Great looking pasta dish. I love the bowl, pretty!

  58. Sarah Caron says:

    Ha! You sound like my mom about the pasta. I am a devoted 1/2 lb for 4 people cook though. The thing is that no, the pasta probably won’t fill you up 100 percent, but a super duper sauce like yours or serving with a portion of protein and serving with a big salad will.

  59. Ben says:

    Hehehe, maybe you can feed 6 oompa loompas with half a pound of pasta, but you won’t be able to feed 6 like me, lol. This pasta dish looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it!

  60. Mo 'Betta says:

    You can even make veggies look yummy 😉 I received my Tate’s giveaway this week…the cookies are so good that I had to put them in the freezer (not that I won’t eat frozen cookies if the craving is strong enough!) Thanks 😀

  61. A delicious pasta for sure, i like the addition of halloumi here, very nice!

  62. I’m not surprised to see a psta dish here as I know that your dishes are always healthy, delicious and wholesome too. No exception for this one!

  63. You are too funny about the pasta…but indeed active people need carbs. Plus this dish is just loaded with good stuff and wow on the flavor scale. A veggie version sounds like exactly what I would like for dinner 🙂

  64. Reeni says:

    I am loving all the warm spices and the squash in here! I am with you – would never, ever give up pasta! Please don’t hate me or go crazy on me (I would be sad) – I usually make 8 ounces of pasta to feed 3 depending on the recipe – like if I’m adding a lot of stuff to it – but for something like spaghetti and meatballs I make a whole package. Did you notice some of the pasta has gone from a pound to 12 ounces in the box? That makes ME go crazy!

  65. I’m all about the pasta during these cold months. And I too love the addition of squash to my pasta dishes… that and some lemon zest and cheese. Makes me a very happy man.

  66. Sippity Sup says:

    I’ll never give up pasta either. In fact give me a double helping. GREG

  67. Sometimes I think you’re just making words up for these recipes! I saw halloumi and I thought, “huh?”

    I have nothing planned for dinner and a whole bunch of squash and pasta. I might just make a simpler version of this tonight. Using ground turkey intead of lamb (I know, it doesn’t even begin to compare) and without the halloumi. Seriously, you made that up didn’t you? 🙂

  68. Beth says:

    And if you tell me 8 oz of pasta will fill me, I’ll believe YOU! It looks amazing. Good luck with the half-marathon. We’re all pulling for you!

  69. Karen says:

    Oh, man… I love everything in this recipe! I don’t eat enough lamb!

  70. Jessie says:

    Wow, I can see why you’re crazy about this recipe! Look at all that squash! I love pasta, but I’ll take a good, hearty helping of squash over extra pasta any day. And you’re right, pasta can fit into a healthy diet! There’s no need to cut it out (and then having you devour entire pans of lasagna 😉 )! This recipe is perfect because of the small portions (but high on enjoyment, heeeee!).

    Oh, and you’re totally a chef whore. Never thought I’d say those two words in the same sentence (and I don’t mean the words “totally” and “a”).

  71. elra says:

    Do you know that lamb is my favorite meat ? This, win my heart for sure.

  72. I with you regarding generous servings of pasta! But, this does sound like a satisfying dish. I’ve never actually grated halloumi (only sliced it), and I’m wondering what I’ve been missing. I need to try this!

  73. Seriously, why do you do this to me? Tempting during lunch hours… when I’m hungry (well, honestly, that’s all the time). Damn, this looks GREAT. I LOVE the combo you have here- squash is awesome in any dish- adding lamb- now you’ve got yourself perfection. Yum. 🙂

  74. Peggy says:

    You know… I don’t think I ever pay attention to the pasta amount when I’m following a recipe. I think I end up just throwing in however much I think will feed the both of us. But now that you’ve pointed it out… I bet I’ll be going “batshit crazy”. Hehe =) Good luck on Saturday!

  75. My family would go crazy over this! Absolutely perfect flavor combination! It looks beautiful too!

  76. Okay, now I’ve got to say I’m hugely skeptical about that quantity of pasta – I’m only going to go along with this because I trust you. Normally I would look at this recipe and think that’s dinner for two! Anyways definitely going to try this – love the combo of butternut squash and lamb, and really like the idea of the grated haloumi as an alternative to parmesan – yum!
    Thanks so much for sharing this with Tackling Bittman, and good luck with your half marathon on the weekend 🙂
    Sue

  77. Cara says:

    ha! you probably hate me, then, for any pasta recipes on my site (wait, there are hardly any) because I really try to stick to the rule of 2oz per serving – and bulk it up with all sorts of other nutritious things instead. Like the pasta is some sort of garnish. You better believe this recipe caught my eye when I first flipped through this month’s issue and I’m loving this second look at it.

  78. Ok, I just made this with my changes. Major changes, not sure if it resembles yours any more but it was incredibly good! Seasoned perfect. I used ground turkey and nixed the cheese and used less chicken broth. It was awesome! I pretty much doubled the recipe as I had 1 lb. meat, almost 4 lbs. squash and 14 oz. of pasta. I calculated it at 280 calories for 10 portions. It made a TON of food! Half is in the frig for leftovers. Thanks!

  79. wow I love this and lamb oh so good I need to try it will look for some

  80. Love any pasta with butternut or pumpkin in it; great idea to add halloumi cheese and as for the lamb, sure, any time! now 8 ounces of this plus all the other add-ons and you have enough for a whole family of adults.

  81. high low says:

    You’re so funny Joanne! Love the dish (and the bowl you presented it in – so pretty!) There’s something about lamb and cumin that makes my tummy smile!

  82. laura says:

    I like the idea of mushrooms or eggplant (or both) instead of the lamb–sold! I bet tempeh would work, too. Very funny about the pasta. When I was counting carbs, it was too frustrating to eat pasta because permissable portions were pathetically small.

  83. theUngourmet says:

    I’m going through a butternut squash phase right now. This looks darn tasty! I’m lovin’ the whole wheat pasta too. 🙂 Have a great weekend, Joanne!

  84. Monet says:

    This made me think of my sweet husband. We were making pasta tonight, and I dumped in what he thought was a “measly” amount of macaroni. He promptly added about 2 more cups…and we ended up eating every last bite. This recipe looks like it is both hearty and nutritious. I’m sure the butternut squash adds a ton of volume! Thank you for sharing this tasty recipe with me. Sweet dreams, my friend!

  85. Sounds and looks like amazing pasta! I join many commenters in saying that adding halloumi is a brilliant idea!

  86. grace says:

    halloumi. definition: a magical ingredient with the power to draw me to any dish, regardless of other, less enticing ingredients. well done. and hooray for cinnamon. 🙂

  87. Gorgeous pics and recipe
    have a nice day
    bises from France
    Delphine

  88. Shannon says:

    yes, never give up pasta! i must admit, that i tend towards bittman style, using 2-3oz pasta/serving and loading the heck out of the veggies. In fact I did this last night 🙂 sounds delicious, i’m totally going to have to give this one a go!

  89. You, on a diet? You must be joking! Can’t picture the need.

    This recipe looks so enticing. I’m wondering how it would hold up without the cheese and cilantro?

  90. Chris says:

    Whatever snarky/witty comment I might have had has been displaced by the need to go learn about this Halloumi of which you speak. Yes, cheese, I heard that part but I must experience it to learn.

    2 lbs of butternut squash to 8oz pasta? Really? wow.

  91. This looks yummmmmmmy!! Good luck tomorrow, darling!

  92. Clearly you are a paragon of virtue. ?
    I love the spicing in this dish!

  93. These look awesome! Great sweet/savory combination.

  94. FireMom says:

    MMM, this is going on a near-future meal plan. Thank you.

  95. I have a butternut squash in my CSA box that is begging to be used in this recipe! Thanks.

  96. Love this–the lamb and sweet potato with the whole wheat pasta and spices are perfect. It looks like a perfectly satisfying meal. Delicious!

  97. Deborah says:

    I think that you and Rachael Ray would get along – her pasta recipes that say they feed 4 would easily feed 8 in my family!! But this does sound wonderful, especially with that squash. Yum!

  98. Kerstin says:

    What a lovely pasta – I really like that bowl too!

  99. Claire says:

    Whole wheat pasta is very filling, I find. I don’t eat much more than 2 ounces of regular pasta per serving, though. It’s probably because I usually serve it with bread. Double carbs!

    Great dish! Thanks for sending this over to Presto Pasta Nights.

  100. I was scrolling down the pictures and I had to scroll back (2x) yes twice to look at the plated pasta in a floral bowl.. how dainty, I thought I needed to say that… haha!

  101. Marisa says:

    Okay, seriously, this contains 3 of my favourite ingredients ever: lamb (my fave meat), butternut (fave winter veg) and halloumi (best cheese EVAR!). So yeah, this one *will* be made.

  102. You have taught me the many ways to use butternut squash. I owe you. Thanks for linking this yummy recipe to Tackling Bittman. Great job.

  103. Kevin says:

    That is one really good looking pasta! I like the use of the cinnamon in there.

  104. This looks amazing! I love all things pasta!

    Thanks for sharing with the Tackling Bittman Recipe Hop!

    Dr. Laura

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