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Menu Plan for Fall II: Week 6, Monday

Braised Beef and Mushroom Pasta
Fried Butternut Squash

Cooking time: 25 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     Leftover Braised Beef with sautéed mushrooms and pasta makes a quick dinner from leftovers.

Braised Beef and Mushroom Pasta

Total time: 25 minutes
     Sautéed mushrooms and onions round out the leftover braised beef for a simple pasta dish.  If you don't have enough sauce left you can add some beef stock or red wine and thicken with a bit of cornstarch.

Braised Beef and Mushroom Pasta Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sautéed Butternut Squash

Total time: 20 minutes
    Butternut squash, onions and sage, fried to a golden brown... A simple preparation for this savory fall vegetable.  Finish with a bit of fresh pepper and sea salt.  

Sautéed Butternut Squash Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  To clean butternut squash first peel it, using a potato/vegetable peeler.  If it's large (typically) cut it in half between the 'neck' and 'bowl' ends.  Then cut those in half the 'long' way.  Scoop the seeds out of the round end and discard.  I use the neck end for uniform pieces and the bowl end for soups and smaller pieces.

Cooking schedule: 25 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives, large
skillet, pot, colander for pasta, medium skillet

Put water on high heat for pasta
Peel, cut butternut squash if not already done
Slice onion, sauté for beef
Chop onion for squash
Cut butternut squash
Sauté onion, squash

Trim, slice mushrooms, add to onions for beef
Mind the squash
Start to cook pasta
Cut the beef into smaller pieces
Add beef, sauce to mushroom/onion
Mind the squash
       Pause while everything finishes
Add paprika, sage to squash, stir
Drain pasta, add to beef, stir well
Serve