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This unique pasta sauce is adapted from "The Instant Gourmet," by Melissa Clark (food writer from NY Times). As soon as I thumbed through the book, I knew this was going to be great- and it is. This makes a great vegetarian entree that takes just a few minutes to make.
- 1 lb cheese tortellini (parmesan) or 1 lb cheese ravioli
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 garlic clove, smashed
- 1 (10 ounce) packagefrozen winter squash puree
- 1 -2 tablespoon Bourbon (I use only 1 tablespoon- feel free to omit)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or 1 pinch dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- fresh ground pepper, to taste
- freshly grated parmesan cheese
- Cook the tortellini according to the package directions.
- Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the broth, garlic, and squash puree.
- Cook the mixture, stirring, until the mixture thickens a bit, about 4-6 minutes.
- Stir in bourbon, lemon juice, thyme,brown sugar, salt and pepper, and let simmer for 1 more minute.
- Remove from heat.
- Drain the tortellini and serve with the sauce on top with grated parmesan.
- Notes: to add a spicy flavor: add a few gratings of nutmeg and a dash of allspice.
- In winter: a bay leaf will add its own distinctive perfume.
- For richer sauce: Add 1-2 tablespoons butter at the end of cooking.
I enjoyed this very much, and I especially liked how fast it was to pull together. I used the full amount of bourbon, and I didn't think it was overpowering. I also used the optional butter...it's hard to think of eating squash without any butter! Finally, my grocery store did not have frozen squash, so I just baked a smallish acorn squash and used the puree for this. Very nice!