Three Day Weekend – Recipe: Fall Pasta

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The littles are at home today because we have a three-day weekend.  How I love it when the weekend is lengthened, which, in turn, makes the school week shortened.  It then leaves me thinking that every weekend should be three days….hence every school/work week should be four.

We had planned to go to the Pumpkin Patch to soak in the fun of the season.

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But, it rained.  And, we are not complaining.  We had not received real, substantial, ground-soaking rain since the first week of June. We had received a couple of showers the past couple of weeks, but nothing like this – thunder, lightning, rain.  Rain so hard that it sent the middle little straight into bed with us.  And, it was good, very good.

So, we are spending the day in our pajamas, baking, watching movies, playing games.  Just enjoying being at home.

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And, it is pasta night, which is always a family favorite.  I created this fall pasta with cream sauce, and it was a hit.  I love how we can still keep our theme nights, while mixing in the flavors of the season.  It is truly one of the joys of cooking – always finding new ways to enjoy old favorites.

Fall Pasta

Fall Pasta

Ingredients

16 ounces vermicelli

1 sweet potato, diced

1 butternut squash, diced

4 gloves of garlic, minced

2 tablespoons olive oil

cooking spray

1 cup heavy whipping cream

3 ounces cream cheese

3 ounces creamy goat cheese

Seasoned salt, to sprinkle on vegetables

Ground black pepper, to taste

Kosher salt, to taste

8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled

Parsley flakes, to sprinkle

Paprika, to sprinkle

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line a baking pan with foil, and spray with cooking spray. Add the chopped vegetables. Drizzle on the olive oil and minced garlic, and sprinkle with the seasoned salt. Bake for 30 minutes, until tender.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with hot water.
  3. Add the whipping cream, cream cheese, and goat cheese to a medium sauce pan. Cook over medium heat, whisking together while the cheese melts. Reduce heat slightly. Allow to simmer for about 5-7 minutes, while the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the pasta to a pasta bowl. Add the cream mixture, and toss together. Add the vegetables, and gently toss together. Sprinkle the bacon, parsley flakes, and paprika on the top.
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Enjoy!

Come join the fun at the My Baking Addiction and GoodLife Eats Holiday Recipe Exchange sponsored by Le Creuset.

I have shared this recipe over at Skip to My Lou, Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker, A Southern Fairytale, Eat at Home, and Mrs. Happy Homemaker.

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12 Responses to Three Day Weekend – Recipe: Fall Pasta

  1. Sounds like a wonderful 3 day weekend for you all ! The recipe sounds interesting, I like all the ingredients but never had that combination before. I need to give it a try some time.
    We got a few sprinkles this morning , calling for rain only 40% chance though. We need it terribly here in MO, been a while since our last rain fall too.
    God Bless have a wonderful day.

  2. Laura Rossmiller says:

    This looks wonderful! Just got back from shopping and am making this today. I love your blog and look forward to your stories and recipes. You are an inspiration! Miss seeing your sweet family every day.

    • Natalie says:

      You are so sweet. Thank you for reading. It has been a fun little journal/diary/recipe book for me, and the kids love looking a themselves on the computer. :) We miss you, too, Laura!

  3. Kristen says:

    I love your little sweet kiddos, Natalie! The pumpkin patch sounds fun, but I think there isn’t anything quite better than a rainy day! Love this recipe!

  4. Debi says:

    Love the recipe, the post, looking at your Beautiful and Handsome children. I found you at Your Recipe My Kitchen. Please come join us on Thursday’s Treasures. <3 and Hugs!

    • Natalie says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind comments. I truly appreciate it. I would love to link up with you on Thursdays.

  5. This looks delicious! These flavors would be wonderful together. Can’t wait to try this!

  6. Sometimes the best days are spent in your pjs. You had me at bacon – I love creamy pasta sauces and this one sounds amazing. Thanks so much for entering this recipe into the Holiday Recipe Exchange!

    • Natalie says:

      I love your blog, and I am having a great time with the Holiday Recipe Exchange.

      And, yes, everything is better with bacon. :)

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