|Butternut squash soup. Lucy Mercer/A Cook and Her Books|
When the days turn brisk and the nights come early, my food radar hones in on soup. Rich, luscious soups filled with winter vegetables, designed to warm from the inside out. So, when FIGO Pasta asked if I'd like to visit one of its Atlanta locations and try out the November sagra, its celebration menu featuring butternut squash soup, of course I said yes.
|FIGO Pasta. Lucy Mercer/A Cook and Her Books|
FIGO in Vinings is a cozy neighborhood joint, noisy with families and groups hungry for homemade, filling Italian fare from housemade pastas to risottos. We tried the butternut squash soup and it was just the way I like it - a smooth puree, sweet with vegetable, tempered with chicken stock and cream. A bowl of this soup, with a few slices of FIGO's bread makes a satisfying supper after a busy day punching the clock or holiday shopping or kid-wrangling.
|Bread and olive oil. Lucy Mercer/A Cook and Her Books|
We followed the soup with Gemelli Con Zucca, pasta with butternut squash. The gemmeli was warm and toothsome and the butternut squash chunks were sweet and pleasant. The sage crumbled on top as a garnish was initially overpowering - musty in that dried sage way, but once stirred into the dish was less noticeable. The real gold in the dish were the tender cloves of whole roasted garlic, covered in the light cream sauce.
|Gemelli with butternut squash and sage. Lucy Mercer/A Cook and Her Books|
The butternut sagra is available at all metro Atlanta FIGO locations. Check out www.figopasta.com for more information.
Thanks again for a lovely meal, FIGO Pasta.
Text and images copyright 2012, Lucy Mercer.
Disclaimer: The meal at FIGO Pasta was complimentary. I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.