Winter Squash, White Bean, and Spinach Sauté is a simple fall dish with loads of versatility. You can serve it as an entrée or as a side dish. Keep it vegetarian or add browned sausage to the mix. This is a warm and hearty dish that is colorful, full of flavor, and best of all, it’s easy to make.
I was home visiting my family recently, and of course many conversations (and activities) were focused on food – just the way I like it! My cousin told me about a dish my Uncle Tom makes – one made with winter squash and white beans.
When I was able to visit with my uncle, I asked him about this dish. He quickly darted to his garage and brought me one of the large winter squash he had grown and was now storing from the cold temperatures outside.
These squash weren’t like any I’d seen before: green, large, and bell-shaped. He told me about his recipe, and when I told him I’d love to try it, he went straight back to his garage and returned with a small one for me to take home (you know – the perfect size to tuck into an already-stuffed suitcase!).
I changed my uncle’s recipe a bit, and made it two different ways. I kept the first version vegetarian, and to the second, I added browned, spicy Italian sausage. Both were super tasty, and highlighted the versatility of this simple recipe.
The funny thing about my uncle’s squash: we don’t know the name of it. He got the seeds for this particular squash from a relative. We do know it’s a winter squash, and we know it makes a great meal!