Ohhh happy, happy fall! There is just something about the fall that makes me so entirely happy. It could be the addition of massive amounts of pumpkin and squash in my kitchen. Or bringing my favorite boots and sweaters out of storage. Or seeing all the pretty autumn colored dishes and homeware every time I walk through Target. Whatever it is that makes me love this season so much, keep it going baby!
Even with the buckets of rain that we’ve had here in NC this past week, I’ve still managed to stay in good spirits— and that’s saying something, as rain and I do NOT go hand in hand. Must be the mini pumpkins I bought at Trader Joe’s to cover my apartment in. Yeah, that’s definitely adding to my happiness level 🙂
But it could also be this pasta. Ohhhh this pasta!
Just look at that creaminess level!! Would you believe there’s not a lick of cheese or butter in the entire dish?!? Nope, not one bit. That creaminess, my friends, is strictly garlic, leeks, olive oil, and non-dairy milk. Crazy, right?! Ohh I just want to scoop myself another big bowl right now just writing about it.
But I couldn’t stop at just creamy, garlicky, leeky(?) pasta. I knew I had to add in some of those warm, rustic autumn veggies that have been calling my name all week long. So I roasted some brussels sprouts and delicata squash in a bit of olive oil and herbs until they were crispy and carmalized, then added them to the creamy dreamy pasta for a bit of savoriness.
But wait! We’re not even done yet. This pasta needed a bit of a crunch factor, so of course I had to top it with some roasted pumpkin seeds. Oh my goodness. I could eat this every day. Fall perfection in a bowl.
Now this dish can very easily be made with a variety of other veggies in place of the brussels sprouts and squash. Aka you can make it ALL YEAR LONG with whatever veggies are in season. Like, you could totally go an Italian route with burst tomatoes (just like this pasta) or a spring route with fresh peas and asparagus. The possibilities are endless! As long as that creamy factor is always a player, of course.
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone! You made it halfway through the week— now go make some comforting pasta and let’s get onto the weekend 🙂