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Food on Fridays with Ann
Romano’s Macaroni Grill sent me an e-mail alert that my favorite item, Butternut Asiago Tortellaci—considered a winter dish—was about to be plucked from the menu in favor of more springtime dishes.
Butternut Asiago Tortellaci: four-cheese stuffed pasta, roasted butternut squash, crispy prosciutto, truffle cream, and pumpkin seeds.
I’d only had it once, but after one bite realized I loved it more than life itself. And now they were telling me I only had until mid-February, and then, no more.
[insert primal scream]
So I pleaded with my husband to get me there before it disappears. He sensed desperation, so one evening this past week, we headed to the restaurant for a splurge, a treat, a final taste of winter: soft cheeses wrapped in thin, delicate pasta…sweet cubes of butternut squash…salty strips of prosciutto fried crisp…the unexpected nutty crunch of the pumpkin seeds.
[insert satisfied sigh]
It’s seasonal, so keep an eye on their website to grab it while it’s available.
Here’s how you can try to sort of recreate it at home. One option is to get butternut squash ravioli, pumpkin seeds, asiago cheese, and prosciutto from Trader Joe’s. Boil the ravioli and crisp up the prosciutto and pumpkin seeds in some oil in a skillet. Make a light cream sauce with some asiago however you would make cream sauce (look for something truffle-y at Trader Joe’s and experiment with adding it to a cheese sauce).
Another option is to grab four-cheese ravioli, prosciutto, asiago, pumpkin seeds, and butternut squash from any store. Cube and roast the squash (sometimes you can find it already cubed) along with the pumpkin seeds (which probably won’t take as long to roast), and put together a cream sauce as already described. You might hit pretty close to the flavor combination.
Or, if it’s in season, you can just head over to Macaroni Grill and have them make it for you.