Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bars recipe

Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bars recipe by Underground Crafter | These tasty bars are a great way to use up over-ripe bananas.One of my favorite things about the fall is baking! Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite dessert recipes for the Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bars. These are a great way to use up over-ripe bananas, and they are way tastier than any store bought cookies or brownies.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bars

Recipe by Underground Crafter

Adapted from Mrs. Fields Best Cookie Book Ever!: 130 Delicious Cookie and Dessert Recipes from the Kitchen of Mrs. Fields

Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bars recipe by Underground Crafter | These tasty bars are a great way to use up over-ripe bananas. Makes

  • 28-32 brownie-sized bars.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour.
  • 0.5 teaspoon baking soda.
  • 0.25 teaspoon salt.
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened.
  • 1 cup (lightly packed) organic coconut palm sugar, or light brown sugar.
  • 0.5 cup granulated vegan sugar, or white sugar.
  • 1 large egg.
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract, or vanilla extract.
  • 2 medium bananas, mashed.
  • 2 cups (~12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips.
  • 1 cup (~4 ounces) chopped pecans, or other chopped nuts.

Equipment

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.

Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bars recipe by Underground Crafter | These tasty bars are a great way to use up over-ripe bananas.

  • In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
  • In large bowl, cream butter. Use butter wrapper to lightly grease jelly roll pan.
  • Add sugars and cream into a grainy paste, being sure to scrape down sides of bowl.
  • Add egg, extract, and banana. Mix thoroughly, breaking up banana lumps, until smooth.
  • Add chips, nuts, and flour mixture. Mix until just combined.

Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bars recipe by Underground Crafter | These tasty bars are a great way to use up over-ripe bananas.

  • Spread mix evenly onto jelly roll pan, using scraper spatula to smooth.

Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bars recipe by Underground Crafter | These tasty bars are a great way to use up over-ripe bananas.

  • Bake 20-28 minutes, or until top is golden brown, edges are crispy, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out dry.
  • Transfer to a cool surface. Wait 5 minutes before cutting into bars.

Banana Chocolate Chip Nut Bars recipe by Underground Crafter | These tasty bars are a great way to use up over-ripe bananas.Variations

  • Use chocolate peanut butter chips instead of chocolate chips and nuts.
  • Substitute chopped walnuts or other nuts for the pecans.
  • If you can find banana extract, use that to substitute for almond or vanilla extract.

 

Easy Slow Cooker Pernil (Roasted Pork Shoulder) recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Pernil (Roasted Pork Shoulder) recipe by Underground CrafterI’m excited to share my easy recipe for slow cooker pernil, or “roasted” pork shoulder. I won’t over-hype it, like I see a lot of bloggers do, by claiming it is the “best” recipe for pernil. (That honor surely goes to an elderly Cuban or Puerto Rican lady somewhere.) But, it is yumlicious and also much simpler than the other recipes I came across online, so here it is!

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I started working on this pernil recipe last summer. (For some reason, I always crave my childhood Cuban favorites in the warm weather and my childhood Italian favorites in the cold weather.)  MC does not always love my forays into experimental roasting in the blazing heat, so naturally, the slow cooker becomes our dearest friend once the weather warms up.

Since I never did get a chance to talk with my paternal grandmother about a recipe for lechón or pernil while she was alive (and the lechón recipe in the Estefan Kitchen was definitely geared at someone with a much larger oven), I turned to the internet for help. I found some recipes that told me to take off the skin before slow cooking (which is much harder than it sounds). Since I have yet to insure my hands from accidentally self-inflicted knife wounds, I decided that keeping the skin on until after cooking would be best. (Although I did once spend an hour wrestling over a pork shoulder, knife in hand.)

Other recipes wanted me to marinate the pork shoulder overnight. While that did have some impact on flavor, for me, it wasn’t enough to make it worth trying to squeeze the crockery from the slow cooker into our apartment-sized refrigerator over night. (You can read more tips for living with a small kitchen here.)

I was able to perfect the recipe but couldn’t share it with you until recently because…

Easy Slow Cooker Pernil (Roasted Pork Shoulder) recipe by Underground Crafter… on the left is how my kitchen is lit in real life. Not exactly conducive to photographing slow cooker recipes-in-progress. (But wait, you’re saying. What about this recipe and this recipe? Hahaha, fooled you. Those are prepared in my mother’s well-lit kitchen. However, she is not a huge pernil fan and I thought she would’nt want to come home from work to the smells of 8 hours of slow cooking pork in her apartment. Yum.)

Back in January, I met the folks from Daylight at the Creativation show, and they sent me the Slimline LED Table Lamp to try. You can see from the picture on the right how much of an impact it has in terms of light, as well as how small it is. To give you a better idea of how it works, I didn’t edit any of the photos in this recipe for white balance or exposure. (I did crop and straighten them, though.)

The Daylight Slimline LED Table Lamp is designed with crafters in mind, so its main purpose in my household is for crocheting at night without overwhelming MC (or the cats) with light. It just so happens that it also makes a great lamp for photography because the lighting mimics natural light for color matching (and to reduce eye strain). Even though the shipping company had tossed around the box quite a bit before it got to my doorstep, the lamp was packaged very well so it was not in any way harmed. I was able to snap the pieces together easily (without even reading the manual!) and clamp it on our new baker’s rack. It is surprisingly lightweight and disconnects quickly after an 8-hour slow cooking session so I can attach it elsewhere for my next project. (You can also buy the base separately to convert it into a floor lamp if you’d like.) The best part about using the Slimline LED Table Lamp for cooking is that just a very gentle tap on the power button turns the lamp on and off. When working with raw meat, this was a huge help because I didn’t want to get any contaminants onto my beautiful lamp! I could just tap the lamp with the side of my arm if I needed more light.

And, now, onto the recipe!

Easy Slow Cooker Pernil (Roasted Pork Shoulder) recipe by Underground Crafter

Slow Cooker Pernil (Roasted Pork Shoulder)

Recipe by Underground Crafter

Makes

  • 8 servings. (We usually eat 2 servings for dinner when we prepare the pernil and then freeze the rest in portioned containers. These can be thawed by transferring to the refrigerator in the morning when you plan to prepare the pernil for dinner.)

Ingredients

  • One 5- to 6-pound bone-in (skin-on) pork shoulder.
  • 7-8 cloves of garlic.
  • 1 Tablespoon coarse salt (such as sea salt or Kosher salt).
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander.
  • 1/2 Tablespoon ground cumin.
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
  • 1 cup citrus juice. (I’ve used all orange juice, or combinations of orange, lime, and lemon juice. If you’re squeezing your own, about 2 oranges will be plenty and you can keep it pulpy.)

Equipment

  • Slow cooker (5-quart, or large enough to fit your pork shoulder).
  • Sharp knife.
  • Cutting board.
  • Optional: juice squeezer (for fresh citrus juice).
  • Small bowl.
  • Kitchen tongs.
  • Large bowl.
  • Fiskars All-Purpose Kitchen Shears.
  • Cheesecloth or strainer.
  • Optional: Storage containers for freezing.

Instructions

Easy Slow Cooker Pernil (Roasted Pork Shoulder) recipe by Underground Crafter

  • Combine salt, coriander, cumin, and black pepper. Mix well.
  • Crush the garlic cloves. Set half aside. Mince the remaining cloves.
  • Combine juice, spice mixture, and minced garlic to form a marinade.

Easy Slow Cooker Pernil (Roasted Pork Shoulder) recipe by Underground Crafter

  • Place pork shoulder in slow cooker. Pat dry with paper towel.
  • With a sharp knife, pierce into the meat. It will be difficult to pierce the skin, so make your cuts on the other parts of the meat. Insert pieces of crushed garlic into these small cuts.
  • Pour the the marinade over the pork shoulder, rubbing it into both sides. The rest of the marinade will drip to the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Position the pork shoulder with the skin side up.
  • Cover the slow cooker. Cook on low for approximately 8 hours. (Since you haven’t marinated the shoulder, cooking it quickly on high for 4 hours will result in a less flavorful pernil.)

Easy Slow Cooker Pernil (Roasted Pork Shoulder) recipe by Underground Crafter

  • Using tongs, turn the pork shoulder over so the skin side is down after the halfway point.
  • When the meat is darker and you can see it separating from the bone, insert a meat thermometer to check for doneness.

Easy Slow Cooker Pernil (Roasted Pork Shoulder) recipe by Underground Crafter

  • Be sure not to hit the bone with the thermometer for an accurate reading. For food safety, the internal temperature should measure at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Easy Slow Cooker Pernil (Roasted Pork Shoulder) recipe by Underground Crafter

  • When the pernil is cooked, use the kitchen tongs to remove it to a large bowl to cool slightly. (For the moment, leave the drippings and marinade in the slow cooker.)
  • Using the Fiskars All-Purpose Kitchen Shears, cut off the skin and any excess fat. Peel away from the pernil. The meat should be tender now so it will be easy to remove it from the bone with the help of a fork.

Easy Slow Cooker Pernil (Roasted Pork Shoulder) recipe by Underground Crafter

  • As I mentioned, MC and I usually freeze most of our pernil, so we separate it into portioned containers. Be sure to cover with some of the drippings before freezing so the meat will be moist when you defrost it.

Easy Slow Cooker Pernil (Roasted Pork Shoulder) recipe by Underground Crafter

  • Once you’ve removed the pernil from the bone, you can separate the drippings.
    • Cheesecloth method: Cover a large bowl with cheesecloth and then pour the drippings into the bowl. Gently lift the cheesecloth and squeeze it slightly. Most of the pulp and large garlic bits will stay in the cheesecloth, which you can discard.
    • Strainer method: Position a strainer over a large bowl and then pour in the drippings. Most of the pulp and large garlic bits will stay in the strainer, which you can empty into the trash.
    • If you are concerned about fat (since we cooked the pernil with the skin on and without removing fat), refrigerate the drippings. The fat will form a skim on the top. Use a spoon to remove the fat.
    • The drippings can be used to reheat your pernil, or as a broth, or as base for a gravy.

Serving suggestions

  • Of course, you can eat the pernil “as is” once you have removed the fat and skin. I recommend a side of black beans with white rice. The drippings over the rice are particularly tasty.
  • You can also make pork tacos. Cut the pernil into bite sized pieces and fold into warm corn or flour torillas. Top with your favorite salsas and condiments.
  • Another option is to heat the pernil with barbecue sauce and serve with corn on the cob and veggies.

 

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix Recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle | Craft Lightning Valentine’s Day 2017 Edition

I’m excited to be part of another round of Craft Lightning, where bloggers are challenged to create 15-minute crafts around a theme. Our theme this time around is Valentine’s Day. As soon as I signed up, I knew I wanted to make something that involved food (one of my favorite parts of the holiday), so I decided on a jar mix. And, what better jar mix for Valentine’s Day than one that can be turned into breakfast in bed? I needed to take the craftiness up a notch – and that’s when I remembered that I still had some vinyl from Expressions Vinyl in my goodie closet. The vinyl heart on your jar mix is a the perfect touch to make this gift extra special.

This post contains affiliate links. Materials for this project were generously provided by Cricut, Expressions Vinyl, and Oriental Trading.

This project really can be done in 15 minutes (once you gather your supplies), but it’s broken down into 3 parts: preparing the vinyl, preparing the jar mix, and finishing the jar. I’ve also included a printable recipe card that you can attach if you’re giving the pancake mix to a friend (or if you think you may forget how to put the pancakes together for your special someone on Valentine’s Day morning). You can find more Craft Lightning projects by visiting the hosts at The Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Make Life Lovely.

If you make your own Pancake Breakfast for Two Mix or Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium crochet or knitting patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns, tutorials, or recipes again!

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Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Materials

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

ExpressionsVinyl Logo

Instructions

Prepare the Vinyl

  • Use Cricut Design Space to customize the image. I used Heart #M2F695 from Ashlyn’s Alphabet, which is free with Cricut Access, and sized it so that it would measure about 2″ (5 cm) tall.

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Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

  • Wipe the surface of the milk bottle clean using the rubbing alcohol and cotton ball or paper towel. Allow the surface to dry.
  • Remove the backing from the transfer tape. Place the adhesive part of the tape over the vinyl.
  • Position the transfer tape with the vinyl over the milk bottle. Use the scraper to rub the vinyl into place, flattening out any air bubbles.
  • When the vinyl is correctly positioned, peel off the transfer tape.

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Cricut Access

Prepare the Jar Mix

  • Prepare Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix (recipe below). Fill milk bottle with jar mix.
  • Wipe flour off container with paper towel.

Finishing

  • Tie ribbon in a bow at narrow neck of milk bottle.

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Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix

Recipe by Underground Crafter

This recipe was adapted from the Basic Pancakes recipe in my all-time favorite cookbook, the Joy of Cooking.

Ingredients (to make about six 5″/13 cm pancakes)

For Jar Mix:

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Flavorful mix ins (optional)
    • I used 1/4 cup dried cranberries (craisins) and 1/4 cup toasted, chopped pecans. You could use another dried fruit and nut combination, or 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips.
    • If you don’t use sweetened mix ins, add another 1/2 Tablespoon granulated sugar to the flour mixture.
  • 1 Oriental Trading clear glass milk bottle with lid (5-1/2” x 2”)
  • A small bottle of maple syrup is optional, but it does take the gift up a notch!
  • Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe card.

Download the Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe card.

For Pancakes:

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Toppings of choice (such as butter, maple syrup, honey, vanilla yogurt, or fresh berries)

Jar Mix Instructions

  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in small bowl.

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  • Pour flour mixture into milk bottle.
  • Tap gently to flatten. Pour in flavorful mix ins, pushing down gently if necessary.
  • Close lid to seal.

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

  • Print recipe card.

Pancake Instructions

  • Preheat lightly greased griddle or frying pan on stove top.
  • Pour contents of jar mix into a large bowl.
  • Pour milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla over jar mix.
  • Whisk together until just combined.
  • Pour approximately 1/3 cup of batter onto hot griddle for each pancake.
  • Turn with spatula when the top of pancake is covered in bubbles and some bubbles have popped open.
  • Cook until other side of pancake is lightly browned.
  • Serve hot or keep warm in 200 degrees Fahrenheit oven until ready to serve.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.
© 2017 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This recipe and tutorial are for personal use only. You may use the recipe and tutorial to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this recipe and tutorial. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this recipe and tutorial or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. (You are welcome to print out the recipe card to include with any jar mixes you make.) If you want to share the recipe and tutorial, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/01/09/pancake-jar-mix-with-vinyl-decorated-milk-bottle. Thanks for supporting indie bloggers!

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Recipe: Mochatastic Brownies (Jar Mix)

Mochatastic Brownies Jar Mix recipe by Underground Crafter | These yogurt brownies have a deep coffee flavor and you can eat as much raw batter as you'd like! These make the perfect gift for your favorite coffee lover.

I was recently shocked to discover that stores are actually selling holiday jar mixes.

This post contains affiliate links. Bottles for this project were generously provided by Oriental Trading.

I have been a maker and gifter of jar mixes for longer than I can remember. (I even have some good stories about jar mixes being taken out of my luggage for examination in airport security lines.) Though I love to bake for the holidays, sometimes, it isn’t practical due to shipping times or because everyone else is also baking for the holidays! A jar mix ensures that baked goods will be eaten whenever it’s convenient for the recipient (or, when her or his sweet tooth comes a calling).

When I saw these milk bottles at Oriental Trading, I knew I had to come up with a jar mix recipe.

Mochatastic Brownies Jar Mix recipe by Underground Crafter | These yogurt brownies have a deep coffee flavor and you can eat as much raw batter as you'd like! These make the perfect gift for your favorite coffee lover.

These containers are so adorable that they can be used for all kinds of things after the brownies are baked. Personally, I plan to use mine to store buttons. There is something very inspiring about seeing a button collection from all sides. These milk bottles can also, obviously, be used for drinks and to hold snacks. If you’re looking for more last-minute holiday project inspiration, check out Oriental Trading’s Christmas Crafts page.

These brownies were adapted from the Yogurt Brownies in The Ultimate Brownie Book by Bruce Weinstein. I love that these don’t use eggs or butter because it’s means you can eat as much raw batter as you like the recipient doesn’t have to shop for as many fresh ingredients. I decided to take the mocha route because I have a lot of coffee addicts lovers in my family. If you want a less pronounced coffee flavor, skip the instant coffee but keep the coffee blended yogurt.

Mochatastic Brownies Jar Mix recipe by Underground Crafter | These yogurt brownies have a deep coffee flavor and you can eat as much raw batter as you'd like! These make the perfect gift for your favorite coffee lover.

If you make your own Mochatastic Brownies, I’d love to see how the recipe turns out! Share your pictures and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium crochet or knitting patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my recipes again!

Mochatastic Brownies Jar Mix

Recipe by Underground Crafter

Ingredients/Supplies (Makes 16 brownies)

For Jar Mix:

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee (optional)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 clear glass milk bottles with lid (5-1/2” x 2”)
  • Mochatastic Brownies Jar Mix recipe card

Download the Mochatastic Brownies Jar Mix recipe card in color.

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For Brownies:

  • Jar mix ingredients through instant coffee
  • 1 container (5-6 ounces) coffee blended yogurt (I used Chobani Coffee Blended Greek Yogurt.)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-4 Tablespoons water

Jar Mix Instructions

Mochatastic Brownies Jar Mix recipe by Underground Crafter | These yogurt brownies have a deep coffee flavor and you can eat as much raw batter as you'd like! These make the perfect gift for your favorite coffee lover.

  • Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, sugar, and instant coffee in small bowl.
  • Pour flour mixture into milk bottles, filling one completely before pouring into second bottle.
  • Tap gently to flatten. Fill remaining space in second bottle with chocolate chips.
  • Close lid to seal.
  • Print recipe card.

 

Brownie Instructions

Mochatastic Brownies Jar Mix recipe by Underground Crafter | These yogurt brownies have a deep coffee flavor and you can eat as much raw batter as you'd like! These make the perfect gift for your favorite coffee lover.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Lightly grease 8″ x 8″ (20 cm x 20 cm) square baking pan.
  • Pour jar mix contents into medium bowl.
  • Add yogurt, vanilla extract, and 2 Tablespoons of water to same bowl.
  • Mix until just combined, adding water if necessary to moisten batter.
  • Pour batter into prepared baking pan, spreading with knife or spatula to cover pan.
  • Bake for 18 to 22 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into brownies comes out clean.
  • Remove pan from oven and cool for 30 minutes.
  • Cut into 16 squares and remove from pan to serve.
© 2016 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This recipe is for personal use only. You may use it to make unlimited yummy things for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this recipe. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this recipe or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the recipe, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2016/12/13/mochatastic-brownies/. Thanks for supporting indie bloggers!

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Butternut Squash and Kale Pasta Recipe

Butternut Squash and Kale Pasta recipe by Underground CrafterIt’s getting cold outside and that means a shift in the types of veggies that I’m eating. Something about the fall just calls out for butternut squash, don’t you think?

Last year, I figured out how to make butternut squash in the slow cooker and that means more butternut squash for me and MC!

How to cook butternut squash in the slow cooker tutorial by Underground CrafterBefore, I was too worried about slicing open my hands while attempting to cut the squash in half and too cheap to buy the pre-cut butternut squash at the grocery store. Now that my fingers are preserved for crocheting and knitting and my wallet is a wee bit heavier, I can actually start contemplating what to make with butternut squash! This pasta recipe has become a quick weeknight favorite.

I’ve mentioned previously that I’m not a huge fan of sauce, but if you need more sauce, you can either add diced tomatoes or additional broth with butter or olive oil along with the kale. Enjoy!

Butternut Squash and Kale Pasta

Recipe by Underground Crafter

Makes

  • 4 servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 small to medium butternut squash, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • 8 ounces penne, or other pasta.
  • 2 Tablespoons butter.
  • 4 Tablespoons (1/4 cup) chopped pecans, or other nuts.
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed and minced.
  • Salt and black pepper to taste.
  • 5 ounces baby kale, or baby spinach.
  • 2 Tablespoons broth, or water.
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil.

Instructions

Butternut Squash and Kale Pasta recipe by Underground Crafter

  • Prepare pasta in salted water according to package directions.
  • While the pasta cooks, in large sauté pan, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add pecans and butternut squash, stirring occasionally until lightly browned, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add garlic and heat until softened, about 2 minutes.
  • Add kale, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Add broth or water and cook, stirring occasionally, until kale is wilted.
  • Strain pasta.
  • Add pasta and olive oil to butternut squash kale mixture. Toss until thoroughly mixed. Serve.