I ended up using the “steam in a bag” butternut squash from Trader Joe’s as they were completely out of fresh squash the day I went (a whaaa?!). Anyway, the steam in a bag squash worked well, but using a roasted squash probably gives it a richer flavor. This dish is very cheesy, which obviously equates to delicious in my book. My only note is that next time I would mix the sauce and cooked pasta in a separate bowl before putting into a baking dish. It proved to be a little difficult to coat all the pasta once it was in my casserole dish because it’s so deep, plus it made that terrible person-eating-with-their-mouth-open smacking sound that would have driven my sister Sharon crazy. I would also add more sage leaves to the top of the dish, mmm….maybe covering the whole thing in sage leaves instead of just using them as decoration. I only used as few as I was mimicking the photo on How Sweet It Is, but I think sage in every bite would have been awesome! Aside from that, this was a great dish that I would definitely make again.
As a side note, How Sweet It Is also has a lasagna version of this dish that was the predecessor to the penne version, in case anyone is looking to make a larger dish.
|Ingredients, nothing too crazy|
|Ready to go into the oven, using my Nana's casserole|
|I know you can't hear it, but the cheese was making this amazing crackling sound, AKA perfection|