Harold Dieterle’s restaurants are known just as much for their delicious and unique meals as they are for his Top Chef acclaim. Plated over mint cavatelli, these tasty little bites are exciting and comforting all at once —– the perfect combination to remind you that it’s just another Thursday night.
Roasted squash cavatelli laced with garam masala, dressed in butter, and served with shiitake, crimini, button and oyster mushrooms that have been cooked en papillote. You'll be hard-pressed to find a dish that inspires more comfort and warmth. It's one of the latest recipes by Aki Kamozawa and H. Alexander Talbot of the beautiful site, Ideas in Food. Check out their article for tips on dealing with unwieldy butternut squash, how to improve the texture of your pasta, and another use for squash seeds. - Arthur BovinoEditor's Note: If you don't have time to make the cavatelli from scratch, try to buy a similar, fresh pasta and then prepare the Butternut Squash Seed Butter and Grilled Mushrooms en Papillote recipes (they are easy and quick) and serve together. Of course, the original version is the best, but this way is faster and still fresh-tasting.
Cavatelli is my favorite pasta because it is a big thick pasta to bite. This recipe is from my aunt-in-law; she serves it in a crock pot for all of our summer get togethers. The flavor is just as amazing as the smell of it cooking!
When cooking homemade pasta, use 6 quarts boiling water with 1 tablespoon salt to every pound of pasta. If using store-bought pasta, follow package directions. Prep time: 30 minutes, Cook time: 15 minutes.