Millennial Grocery Guide
Butternut Squash & Sage Tortellini
How this guide works: Ingredients are broken down into approximate location in the grocery store, by order that you'd usually purchase them (starting in produce, then over to dry goods, and ending in dairy). There is also a cost of ingredients scale ranging from $ (very cheap) to $$$$ (extremely expensive - I'm not sure any of my recipes even have an ingredient like this yet).
About Millennial Staples: These are items you should always keep stocked in your fridge, freezer, or pantry. It will make throwing together a quick dinner easy and simplify grocery shopping. It allows you to purchase food on sale, and all these items are extremely unlikely to go bad before you use them!
Your Cabinet & Fridge
- Salt, pepper, about 5 tablespoons olive oil These are all Millennial Pantry & Fridge Staples
- 1 sprig of sage $$ Found in the herb section of your grocery store.
- 1 small to medium butternut squash $$ It looks like this.
- 1 package goat cheese (You'll need 2-3 tablespoons, crumbled) $$ I LOVE goat cheese and there's a ton you can do with the rest of the package, from simple spinach salads to beet salad to more pasta recipes. However, the goat cheese is optional if you're dairy free/vegan, or also if you're trying to save some money/calories. It adds a nice tang to the sauce, but it won't make or break things, categorizing it as optional. Note: this is usually found at the cheese display in the Deli section, not in dairy where shredded cheeses are often found.
- 1 package tortellini $$ Substitute: You can get another shape of pasta for sure, like spaghetti or fettuccini. Ravioli would also work! This sauce is great on anything. In terms of type, I would recommend a classic cheese tortellini. Pro tip on finding tortellini in the grocery store: check the Deli section first, for tortellini that comes refrigerated. Then compare prices in the pasta aisle, and then check out if there's any in the freezer section.
- 1 package pepitas (you need 1-2 tablespoons for garnish) $$ Optional for sure, but a yummy snack and very in-season for fall, so if you can find them at a decent price, why not? You can throw them in trail mix, salads, or just enjoy on the go by themselves.
- 1 cup heavy cream $$ This adds depth and body to the sauce. You can even substitute coconut milk, which would work nicely with the squash flavors.
- 1/2 cup milk $ Instead of using all heavy cream, I tried to lighten it up at least a bit here. Like with the cream, you can substitute coconut milk, which would work nicely with the squash flavors.