Tomato and Mushroom Pasta and Spiced Grapefruit for Dessert


Numerous times I have complained about this weather (sorry about that) but today is a beautiful 45 degrees.  I am so happy to see some of this white stuff melt away.  I’m thinking Spring as the huge chunks of ice fall from the roof, yay!  My dessert is a totally refreshing citrus, but first let’s check out the dinner for tonight.

 I pulled out some herb butter, made from Amish roll butter and fresh Springdell herbs, from the freezer. I make herb butter all summer so I have beautiful herb flavors all winter, I’ll show you that in another post.  Along with the herb butter I grabbed one onion, one tomato and a handful of mushrooms.

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I got the mushrooms sliced and in the pan with some oil and herb butter, cooking  them for a minute or two before adding the sliced onion.

imageGet a nice color on the onions, about 5-7 minutes.  Add a touch more oil and butter if needed.  While that was going I chopped up a tomato and when I was happy with the color I threw those into the pan too.

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I squished down the tomatoes in the pan to release the juice, again adding oil and butter as needed.  I tossed this sauce with some pasta, a thin slice of the herb butter and some Springdell beef. Nice, flavorful and simple food.

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For dessert I happily sliced up and seeded 2 grapefruits.  I placed them on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil, you need this for ease of clean-up.  Turn the broiler on in your oven to heat up.

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 Split the brown sugar spice mix (1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon salt – adapted from Bobby Flay from he Food Network)  into 4 portions and spread on the tops of the grapefruits.

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 Place them under the broiler for 3-5 minutes.  You will see the sugar has melted and is bubbling.  Pull them out and cool for a few minutes before you serve them….if you can wait that long.

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About Sarah

Sarah is a trained chef and owner of Whisk Baked Goods. She lives in Chelmsford with her husband and two active boys. Sarah is passionate about food, loves eating local, and cooking gluten free foods.

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