Wow, I can hardly believe Fall is already on it’s way out.  I’m running out of time on sharing my favorite fall recipes, so, in between packing for Dublin and working volleyball try-outs (not a bad day, right?) here is our favorite weeknight entree for fall.  Even though I tend to make this a couple of times per week in the Fall, Jaron still gets excited when he hears it’s on the docket.  It’s a perfect sweet-savory dish and very low on the calorie count for how rich the flavor is.  Serves 4.  (The leftovers heat up well, too.)

Liberian Pumpkin

So you can use pumpkin, but it really is a pain to cut up and deseed, and I prefer the taste of butternut squash.  Still sounds better to call it Liberian Pumpkin, though. 🙂

Ingredient prep:

*See bottom of post for help with the rice or orzo pasta which accompanies this dish.

Brown about 1 c Italian bulk sausage and set aside, chop 1 medium butternut squash into bite-size cubes, chop 1 yellow onion, and deseed and chop 1 green chile.  (We tend to use jalapenos, but they can be unpredictable in heat sometimes, so if you like the heat you may want a serrano and if not, go with anaheim or half a poblano.)

In a large saute pan with a lid, saute the chili pepper, butternut squash, and onion in 1 tbsp olive oil until onion is translucent.  Then cover and cook on medium heat about 10 minutes, until squash is cooked.

Add 1 c water and 1 bouillon cube.  Cook 10 more minutes, covered.

Add browned sausage and cook uncovered until the liquid has mostly been absorbed or evaporated.  Serve over brown rice or orzo pasta.

*This dish is served with brown rice (if you have the hour to cook it) or orzo pasta.  If using brown rice, bring your preferred amount along with twice as much water and a small slice of butter to boil and simmer, covered, for 50 min.  Then let stand for ten before serving.  If orzo, you’ll need to boil it for 8-10 minutes and drain.  It usually works to set your water to boil while you saute the vegetables, then add the pasta to the boiling water before you put the sausage in with the vegetables.