Butternut Squash, Lentil, & Rosemary Pot Pie w/ a Spelt Hazelnut Lattice Crust


Butternut Squash & Lentil Pot Pie w/ a Spelt Hazelnut Crust!!

Okay, I am now in my element.  This is how I say fall.  POT PIE.  For me, it is the perfect compact, all-encompassing meal that warms me and feeds my soul.  It truly is the ultimate comfort food.  As much as I love summer, fall holds a special place in my heart with all its hearty and robust meals.  Soups, stews, gratins, me, a blanket, and said soup, stew, gratin on the couch watching This Is Us or Transparent.  In other words, my happy place.

I made this Butternut Squash, Lentil & Rosemary Pot Pie w/ a Spelt Hazelnut Crust and it was everything.  The crust was buttery and flaky and paired well with the subtle sweetness of the butternut squash and earthy lentils. I usually make Chicken Pot pie but I wanted to break from tradition, my own that is, and take advantage of fall's fruits and vegetables.  Particularly, the squash.  Although I eat squash all year round and it is available throughout the year, I feel it's rightful place is the fall. 

This is not a cumbersome meal to put together. Once you’ve placed your ingredients in your saucepan, the only item left is the Spelt Crust.  With some planning, you can make the dough ahead of time or complete all the steps the same day.  Or, you can skip the homemade crust, and purchase ready-made whole wheat pastry dough.  I’m not a stickler.  I have little ones, so I like to prepare quick food for them while keeping it nutritious and inventive.  Lastly, pot pie is versatile, so experiment with other vegetables such as cauliflower, various greens such as kale, dandelion greens (my fav), swiss chard, and various beans.  Hmmmm!! I feel another veggie pot pie coming to the blog soon. 

Until then, enjoy this one!



Butternut Squash, Lentil, & Rosemary Pot Pie w/ a Spelt Hazelnut Lattice Crust//serves 4

spelt hazelnut crust
Loosely adapted from The Spruce

2 cups spelt flour
1/3 cup hazelnuts
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch dice
7 tablespoons ice water

butternut squash, lentil & rosemary filling
1 cup French lentils
1 cup lentils
2 cups water
2 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
1 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium sized onion, diced
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
½ cup white wine
2 cups vegetable stock
2 rosemary sprigs

In a food processor, combine spelt flour, hazelnuts and salt.  Pulse and add in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Add ice water and mix briefly, about 30 seconds, to form a soft dough.  Remove dough.  Transfer the dough to a lightly floured counter and very lightly knead it over upon itself three times.  Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 min.

For the pot pie filling, combine the lentils and water in a medium sized pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Cook lentils until the water has been absorbed, about 20-30 min.  Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400’

In another medium sized pot, sauté the onions until translucent.  Stir in the butternut squash and mushrooms until the mixture becomes soft, about 5 minutes.  Add the flour, rosemary and continue stirring.  Next add in the white wine and cook for 5 minutes, stirring to evenly coat the squash mixture.  Add the lentils and vegetable broth.  Cook on top of the stove for 30 minutes, or until slightly thickened.  With a ladle, fill 4 oven-proof ramekins or bowls with the filling.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature until pliable enough to roll, about 10 minutes.  Roll the dough on a lightly flour surface to an 11x14-inch rectangle.  To roll, lightly flour dough and counter. Roll out gradually, periodically letting dough rest for a moment before continuing.  Roll dough to a thin rectangle.  Cut 8 3/4 -inch wide strips utilizing a lattice pie cutter.  Arrange the lattice top on each ramekin and bake for 35 minutes.  Remove from the oven and serve.





Fettuccine w/ Creamy Lentils, Wild Mushrooms and Swiss Chard

I don’t always like to languish over a hot stove/oven for hours preparing meals The Barefoot Contessa and/or Martha Stewart would be proud of.  With two kids, simple and quick is best and this can sometimes include weekends. Generally, my weekends allow me to create elaborate and fun meals, but that all can change, i.e. events, adult birthday parties, kid birthday parties and is it me, but it seems that all of my kids’ classmates turn the same age at once.  It’s like back to back parties.  My refrigerator sometimes is rife with birthday party invitations and I often have to rely on my kids to let me know, which invitation belongs to whom.  Sometimes they don’t include the age. Ah, mommy life!

Back to the food ….

I found this recipe from one of my favorite bloggers, Laura Wright at The First Mess.  Besides being a wonderful photographer, Laura’s food is a celebration of plant-based eating.  Her recipes are vibrant, easy to make and truly showcase the diversity of fresh fruits and vegetables in a plant based lifestyle.  This truly was a simple and quick meal to make, bursting with earthy flavors from the mushrooms and lentils.  I made one minor tweak to the recipe and added additional liquid as the original recipe is more of a stew and not a sauce. I also used Swiss chard (what I had on hand) instead of kale.  I’ll be making this again as it is truly comfort food.  

Fettuccine w/ Creamy Lentils, Wild Mushrooms, and Swiss Chard//serves 4
Adapted from The First Mess

1 lb. package fettuccine
1 cup French green lentils
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium shallot, finely diced
1 lb. mixed mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
1-2 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons white wine
2 teaspoons tamari soy sauce
1 ½ cups vegetable stock
1/3 cup unsweetened plant based milk
3-4 Swiss chard stalks, stems removed and leaves sliced

Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add the lentils to the water, with a pinch of salt and simmer the lentils until just tender, about 20 minutes.  Drain and set aside.

Next, bring a large pot of salted water to boil.  Cook pasta until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions.  Drain, reserving ½ cup of the cooking liquid, and return the pasta to the pot.

In a medium pot, sauté the shallot.  Cook until the shallots are soft and translucent, about 4 minutes.  Add the sliced mushrooms to the pot and let them sit for a minute.  Stir the mushrooms and add salt and pepper.  Add the garlic and thyme and stir.  Once the garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds, add the white wine and tamari.  Stir the mushrooms.  Add the drained lentils, vegetable stock and plant milk to the pot.  Stir and bring to a boil.

Ladle half of the mushroom mixture into your blender, adding enough liquid from the pot.  Blend on high until smooth.  Scrape the creamy blend back into your pot.  Add the Swiss chard and stir.  Bring to a boil and check for seasoning.

Tip:  The original recipe from The First Mess is a stew consistency, which is divine within itself, but to get a saucier consistency add additional liquid.