Butternut Squash Ziti

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Catching up on weekend activities?



I am eating THE MOST amazing lunch.  I wasn’t sure if the flavor combination would work, but it totally did!  


I drained the extra glaze off the leftover Glazed Butternut Squash (about 1/4 of the recipe) and mixed it with:


  • 1/2 cup (measured dry) cooked whole wheat pasta
  • 1/4 cup pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  • Pepper


And baked everything in a personal-sized dish for 20 minutes at 400.  I topped it with cheese and broiled it until bubbly.  Presenting…. Butternut Squash Ziti!


It was SO good – sweet and creamy. I had a side of broccoli, too.


 Update on Maggie


Thanks again for all your well-wishes for Maggie.  I took her to the vet this morning because she was limping on her back leg.  I tried to make the trip to the vet fun, but she wasn’t having any of it.


The vet did a manual exam and x-rays…


He said that she probably just has soft-tissue damage (like a sprain).  She must have been playing too hard!  He gave me anti-inflammatory medicine (as well as painkillers).  The Husband spoke to a holistic vet, who said it was a good idea to strap one of our medical magnets on her, as well.  Sometimes I wear this on my knees after long runs, and they make me feel better – I figure it can’t hurt to try it on Maggie.


Poor puppy.  She’s not allowed to run or play for 5 days.


Tea at The Ritz – Is it Blogger Friendly?


As I blogged about this weekend, the Husband and I will be having afternoon tea at The Ritz in London on our one year wedding anniversary.  When we booked our tea time, the first thing the Husband said was, “This will be great material for the blog!”  But then, several readers mentioned you cannot take pictures inside The Ritz, and my heart sank! 


A readers named Julie was AWESOME enough to e-mail The Ritz for me and inquire whether photographs were allowed.  Apparently, pictures are allowed in the room where tea is served, but not the other public areas. 


Mystery solved!  Thanks, Julie!  🙂



  • RhodeyGirl November 16, 2009, 12:13 pm

    YUM! I love using squash with pasta because it makes it sooooo creamy no? I use it in place of creamy sauces these days YUMMMERSSS! Love your combo though, I wouldn’t have thought to bake it!

  • katherine November 16, 2009, 12:14 pm

    The pasta looks fantastic and sound divine. Glad Maggie is okay and I hope the magnet helps!

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) November 16, 2009, 12:18 pm

    that baked ziti looks truly amazing. i just ate lunch and i’d still eat that if it were in front of me…

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) November 16, 2009, 12:19 pm

    so i’m officially putting butternut squash in ANYTHING cause EVERYTHING with it looks ahmazing. thanks for another recipe inspiration. recipiration? or is that too much like respiration? 🙂

  • Sam November 16, 2009, 12:20 pm

    The pasta looks great. Any ideas of what to do with acorn squash? I bought some at the weekend for the first time – is it similar to butternut squash?
    I’m jealous about the ritz – I’ve lived near London for 22 years and have never been!

  • Evan Thomas November 16, 2009, 12:20 pm

    Glad to hear maggie’s better. And yum that sounds delicious!

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers November 16, 2009, 12:21 pm

    what an amazing anniversary plan! 🙂 maggie is TOO cute and i’m so glad she’s okay. 5 days of no playing will be tough, but she seems like a tough lil’ cookie.

  • Betty November 16, 2009, 12:23 pm

    That. Looks. Amazing.

    Glad your pup is OK!

  • Runeatrepeat November 16, 2009, 12:24 pm

    Get well soon Maggie 🙂

  • MelissaNibbles November 16, 2009, 12:25 pm

    I’m glad Maggie is doing well. I hope she gets used to her new knickers!

  • Alicia November 16, 2009, 12:25 pm

    I think your recipe sounds AMAZING! I know what I’m bringing to Thanksgiving this year!

  • brandi November 16, 2009, 12:26 pm

    butternut + pasta sauce is a great combo! glad you liked it 🙂

    so happy nothing bad is wrong with Maggie!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? November 16, 2009, 12:28 pm

    SO GLAD Maggie is ok!!!
    I made a butternut squash mac and cheese not too long ago that was absolutely stellar. I think you’d love it!
    Also, my LCSW mom is very interested in OB and would be willing to talk to you as a professional about women, teens and body image…if you want!

    • caitlin November 16, 2009, 12:39 pm

      i emailed you 🙂

  • Laura Georgina November 16, 2009, 12:29 pm

    I’m so glad to see Maggie is doing well–good luck on keeping her still and calm during recovery! My wire fox terrier has had a few sprains (he’s a bit manic) and keeping him still was a total nightmare (too bad dogs can’t just be made to sit and watch TV)…

  • VeggieGirl November 16, 2009, 12:31 pm

    Fingers crossed that dear Maggie stays well!

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) November 16, 2009, 12:40 pm

    I’m glad Maggie is better!

    Question: do you feed your adorable dogs an organic/natural food? I blogged about pet nutrition last night and I’m curious about what other healthy lifestylers do.

    • caitlin November 16, 2009, 12:43 pm

      i actually blogged about this once – http://www.healthytippingpoint.com/2009/08/vegetarian-pets.html

      i am slowly switching them from dry + wet food to just dry, and then i might switch the vegetarian dry. i cant really decide if its the right thing to do (for them as my pets, to me it’s the right thing morally speaking).

      • Brie (The Fit Bride) November 16, 2009, 12:51 pm

        Ooh, interesting. Our cats could obviously never be vegetarian, but I’ve definitely heard of dogs doing very well with them. Our dog would eat pumpkin and peanut butter all day if we let him!

        It makes me so sad when people feed their dogs junky food. At least when you’re the one eating it, you’re the one making the decision, but dogs have to rely on you to choose for them. Poor puppies!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 16, 2009, 12:41 pm

    Oh that dish looks so good!! Fun spin on regular baked ziti.

  • Lara (Thinspired) November 16, 2009, 12:41 pm

    Caitlin your photos are so awesome since you got the new camera! I really love that one of the bite of ziti. I need to learn to use my camera!

    Can’t wait to see your photos when you go to The Ritz. I’ve had tea in many London hotels but not The Big Daddy!

  • Erin November 16, 2009, 12:46 pm

    That’s a combination I never would have considered but looks absolutely delicious! 🙂
    My favorite tea spot in London is the Orangery at Kensington Palace — I’ll be curious to see how The Ritz compares. 😀

  • kirsten November 16, 2009, 12:49 pm

    glad to see Maggie is okay!! 🙂

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion November 16, 2009, 12:54 pm

    Thank goodness Maggie is ok! Oscar HATES the vet too, he freaks out when we pull into the parking lot. He will be back in a month to get neutered, so he better get over it!

  • Jen (Running With Cake) November 16, 2009, 12:58 pm

    Can’t wait to see your pictures from Tea at the Ritz! Scott and I had tea in London a few years ago – on the 7th floor of Liberty of London. Very cool place – check it out if you haven’t done so already.

  • Mama Pea November 16, 2009, 1:02 pm

    Pretty sad when Maggie’s x-ray looks better than mine 😉 Maybe I need a magnet corset. Do they come in leopard print? 🙂

  • Ashley November 16, 2009, 1:11 pm

    Glad to hear Maggie is ok! Can’t wait to hear about Tea at The Ritz!! I’ve been to the Dorchester for afternoon tea and it was amazing. http://www.thedorchester.com/reserve-afternoon-tea-dorchester

    I’m going to London next week! So excited! What else do you guys have planned for your trip?

    • caitlin November 16, 2009, 1:12 pm

      so far, our other plans include:

      Natural History Museum
      Two day trip to Bath
      White Cliffs of Dover
      Tower of London

  • Jenny November 16, 2009, 1:13 pm

    Well wishes to Maggie!!! It always breaks my heart when my doggie is sick or doesn’t feel well. I’m so glad she’s ok!

    And wowza! I’m a little squash obsessed recently and I LOVE this idea! I’ve done tea at the Ritz- it’s a fantastic idea and I am sure that you will absolutely love it and have a wonderful time. 🙂

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance...after a 100+ POUND weight loss! November 16, 2009, 1:14 pm

    Your Butternut Squash Ziti looks amazing, I want to make it now!!! Still trying to get to making Butternut Squash soup, however. Maybe I will by 2 of them and make both. =)

    P.S. Sorry I missed you at the 10K on Sunday, hope to see & meet you at a future local race……..

  • Jenny November 16, 2009, 1:14 pm

    Pardon me if you’ve already said this, but is this your first trip to London? I went this spring and as a foodie in the making even then…there were two markets that are absolute MUST SEES if possible.

    • caitlin November 16, 2009, 1:17 pm

      this is our second trip to london together (the husband is from england) and will be my 5th trip to europe (i have a travel problem….)

      suggestions for places to visit are appreciated!

      • Jenny November 16, 2009, 1:59 pm

        Two words: Borough. Market. It’s basically foodie heaven.

        Are you guys going to see the key ceremony at the Tower of London? I think you have to get tickets WAAAAY in advance…

        I didn’t know he was British! *Swoon*

        If I had lots of money, i’d have a problem…for now it’s just a daydreaming of fabulous places to visit problem. 😉

        • Sam November 16, 2009, 2:22 pm

          Yes yes yes to Borough Market! It’d be a good place for a blogger (and reader!) meet-up, if you’re still planning one of them.

      • caitlin November 16, 2009, 2:25 pm

        i’m going to try to do a meet up, we’ll see! i hope so.

  • Megan November 16, 2009, 1:18 pm

    Congrats on the 10K this weekend! It feels so good when you know you ran well! I already can’t wait to see the pics from tea at the Ritz!

  • Lindsay November 16, 2009, 1:30 pm

    I’m glad Maggie isn’t hurt too bad! How cute are those Xrays! My dog had a soft tissue injury a few years ago. After one day on the medicine he was back to normal. I hope she feels better soon!

  • Matt November 16, 2009, 1:42 pm

    Glad Maggie is ok 🙂

  • Kelly November 16, 2009, 1:42 pm

    So glad your pup is okay! I have a daschund too and worry about potential future back issues. They are the sweetest most mischievous dogs!

  • Nicci@NiftyEats November 16, 2009, 1:48 pm

    Glad Maggie is all better now! Lunch looks great.

  • legalstyle November 16, 2009, 1:51 pm

    i’m glad maggie’s okay… and i wanted to mention that your photograph from this morning of the steam coming from your coffee cup was beautiful!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 16, 2009, 2:00 pm

    I want to go to London! Also, I love the ziti idea.

  • Jenna November 16, 2009, 2:05 pm

    Yayyy, I am so glad that Maggie is okay!

    I wish I was having your lunch for my lunch today 🙂

  • Marissa November 16, 2009, 2:34 pm

    YAY for Maggie! Love her facial expressions!

  • Julie @savvyeats November 16, 2009, 2:52 pm

    This lunch looks yummy, and I wish I had time to make it today. Glad the pup is feeling better!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat November 16, 2009, 2:57 pm

    Yay, glad Maggie survived the vet trip. Hopefully she’ll be back to her old self soon, she was just having too much fun 😉

  • Jenna November 16, 2009, 3:02 pm

    wow that baked squash ziti looks soo good!

  • Lu November 16, 2009, 3:19 pm

    I hope Maggie feels better soon. Wow! Tea at The Ritz. That will be awesome. Thanks for posting the pick of the Ziti. I will be making that asap.

  • Tracey@tropicalhappiness November 16, 2009, 3:32 pm

    I hope Maggie feels better soon! That little x-ray is so cute! LOL! Who knew an x-ray could be so cute! Have you considered looking into some alternative medicine for her joints? It might be a good idea as she gets older. My parents have a papillon, and they are known to have hip problems. Her back legs have been slipping out from under her a bit, so they are trying a pill that helps her joints. She gets half of the pill in the am, and half in the evening for three weeks, and then they’ll take it down to one 1/2 dose per day. They are even chewable roast beef flavor… LOL!

    • caitlin November 16, 2009, 3:35 pm

      we’re starting her on glucosamine, i hope that helps!

  • Julie November 16, 2009, 3:38 pm

    Your welcome Caitlin!

    The pasta looks so good, I haven’t had a good pasta with red sauce in far too long.
    Glad Maggie is okay!

  • Marcia November 16, 2009, 3:52 pm

    Your squash concoction looks yummy and Maggie is such a cutie-cute! Wishing her a speedy recovery!

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) November 16, 2009, 4:17 pm

    Hmmm… got some leftover butternut squash in the fridge! I was thinking “mac and cheese”, but this looks waaaay better 🙂

    Glad nothing too serious for Maggie!

  • Katie November 16, 2009, 5:09 pm

    Yum squash is always good is sphaghetti!

    Glad Mags is OK. Some of our smaller dogs have done that and it’s always frightening.

    And I LOVE that pic of James in bed in the earlier post. My dogs do that sometimes and I just can’t help but laugh. I don’t think my animals know they are animals.

  • Lizzy November 16, 2009, 5:22 pm

    this baked ziti recipe sounds great! a must try for sure

  • susan November 16, 2009, 5:28 pm

    i’m so glad maggie is ok!

    my doxie (who is super long) has had a sore back twice b/c he tries to go 100 mph ALL the time (i would kill for his energy!!)
    nothing is scarier than the possibility that it’s a serious back problem for our long and low friends!!

  • Karla November 16, 2009, 6:08 pm

    I’m always a little scared of butternut squash. I’m not what it is, I think it might be the fact that I’m not crazy about butternut squash soup or maybe that it’s so darn hard to cut!

    Your recipe looks delicious though! Any tips for an easier way to cut a butternut squash? Does microwaving it help?

    • caitlin November 16, 2009, 6:18 pm

      take it out of the fridge first and let it reach room temp. i just took a really sharp knife to it. 🙁

  • Bethany November 16, 2009, 7:14 pm

    Poor Maggie!!!!

    And that meal looks amazing!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 16, 2009, 8:03 pm

    Glad Maggie is doing better. She probably isn’t happy that she can’t play.

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) November 16, 2009, 8:38 pm

    so glad maggie is ok. Poor thing. One question though- how do you make a dog not run? That would be be as hard as not letting them go pee or poo pretty much. 😉

    • caitlin November 16, 2009, 8:47 pm

      i just keep yelling at her not to move. She’s so lazy, it’s pretty effective.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) November 16, 2009, 9:11 pm

    I love her crazy eyes!! She is precious!

  • whitney November 16, 2009, 9:18 pm

    Your ziti looks A mazing … I def. need to try that dish

  • twutritionist November 16, 2009, 10:44 pm

    I have been searching for a good butternut squash recipe, and this looks perfect!

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