Recipe Box, His & Hers Thanksgiving Menu Duel and Butternut Squash Tart

Help!  I can’t decide!

My son and I decided it would be fun to each create a Thanksgiving menu, discuss,  and then choose the final menu or a combination~

We are breaking a long time tradition this year, our normal family Thanksgiving of 25 has shrunk down to 5…  ๐Ÿ˜ญ  But!  We will be at the beach  ๐Ÿ˜Ž  so we decided to break even further from tradition and choose some new recipes…

His menu

his 2

Her menu

Her menu

Our traditional Thanksgiving menu, a combo of my husband’s mom and my mom’s…the  traditional Thanksgiving dishes we grew up with

traditional menu

Which menu  would you choose?  To be honest, I want them all!!

You can find all the his and hers recipes on my Coastal Thanksgiving Pinterest Board

The recipes from Our Traditional Thanksgiving are on It’s Just Us here  and Mom’s Stuffing here

To keep Thanksgiving nibblers out of the kitchen whip up this easy peasy

Butternut Squash Tart

Butternut Tart with capocolla and fried sage

I used a bottled Butternut Squash Pasta sauce I found at Home Goods, it’s also available at Williams-Sonoma  and  many grocery stores


You could also use simple pureed butternut squash or sweet potato purรฉe

butternut squash tart collage

Butternut Squash Tart


  • 1 thin crust refrigerated pizza crust dough {Pillsbury}
  • 1 cup Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce or purรฉe
  • 8-10 thin slices Capocolla salami, prosciutto or ham
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 12-14 fresh sage leaves
  • olive oil


  • Place crust on a baking sheet and poke lightly all over with a fork to keep it from puffing up.
  • Bake at 400 for 8 minutes until starting to turn golden and firm.
  • Spread with an even layer of sauce.
  • Top with meat and cheese.
  • Return to oven for 10-15 more minutes or until it looks done.
  • Fry sage leaves in a little hot olive oil for 1-2 minutes. They will cook quickly so keep your eye on them. Drain on paper towels. Top tart with fried sage
sage topped butternut squash tart

You can make a wonderful pasta with these ingredients too~

butternut squash pasta

Butternut Squash & Capocolla Pasta

Prep Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 2


  • 1 cup Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce
  • 2-4 oz Capocollo salami, prosciutto or thinly sliced ham, cut into strips
  • 4 oz sliced mushrooms optional
  • 2 oz Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 servings cooked pasta
  • butter olive oil, salt and pepper
  • 6 fried sage leaves


  • Fry sage leaves in a scant amount of olive oil, 2-3 minutes on medium high. Remove and drain
  • Saute the mushrooms in same skillet, until golden, adding more olive oil if needed.
  • Add Capocollo to skillet, and cook until fat renders and it begins to crisp. Add garlic and stir 1 minute.
  • Add sauce to skillet and heat through.
  • Serve over hot cooked pasta and top with Parmesan cheese and garnish with fried sage.
Keyword 15 minute pasta dinner, butternut squash, easy pasta
butternut squash and capocollo pasta

Do you have an unusual dish on your menu this year?

Don’t forget to tell me which menu you like the best… His, Hers, or Traditional


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25 Responses to “Recipe Box, His & Hers Thanksgiving Menu Duel and Butternut Squash Tart”
  1. Jenna ~~ Well, there are four days in the Thanksgiving weekend, so it looks like you need one more menu! ๐Ÿ™‚ Just kidding… I honestly could not choose one of these menus over the other. Your traditional menu is exactly like my husband’s family menu, except for the cranberry sorbet. They made tomato aspic and I used to dread having to face that! Now that I always cook and host there is NO aspic on my table. Good luck choosing between all those delicious options! And enjoy the beach! Linda

  2. Lynn says:

    Everything sounds great Jenna! The only thing I’ll vote for is the smoked turkey, especially with someone else tending the grill! Enjoy:@)

  3. Jodi says:

    Oh they all sound so wonderful! And I just bought a butternut squash – oh the possibilities!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Emily says:

    I could you ever choose, they are all delicious! It’s tradition all the way here with roast turkey and dressing. Family coming in and I want to make all their favorites. Lucky you enjoying the beach still, it will be nice there for Thanksgiving. How wonderful to be able to take a walk on the beach after lunch! Happy Thanksgiving Jenna.

    • Thanks Emily! It will be weird not having a big group to gather with, but my daughter and her family will be joining us for the weekend, so we can at least all be together for the big games on Sat!! Enjoy your cooking and hosting, I hope youโ€™ll post about it, I know your table will be fabulous and full of wonderful food! Enjoy!


  5. lulu says:

    Starting now you could have each menu! Paring down to one, I’d select something from each as they all have something tasty. I’ve used the pasta sauce. You know you just can’t go wrong with anything that has butternut squash.

  6. Stephanie Luzar says:

    Jenna,I vote for Ryan’s menu!!!!! Happy Thanksgiving to all! Miss you guys…

    Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:02:47 +0000

  7. Sandra says:

    I agree that you should spread the yumminess over the four days. It would be way to hard for me to choose. Loving that tart!

  8. All of the menus look fabulous (except for turkey). I am going to look up your recipe for the pineapple dish because we are having lamb chops, and I think that will make a nice change. I am not a traditionalist — we sometimes have a Mexican feast!

    • I made the pineapple recipe the other night and added pecans to cut some of the sweetness and it turned out great. I’ll be posting my version next week~ We love lamb chops, that is a different choice for T day! I don’t like turkey either, but I love all the sides ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. With such fabulous menus, I’d do 1 for Thanksgiving, 2 for Christmas, & 3 for New Year’s!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Judy Pimperl says:

    Okay, I’ve just decided I want to come live at your house! It all looks amazingly tasty…hard to choose.
    Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

  11. Jenna, I would love all three menus! I think you should have all three desserts! They sound over the top delicious! I will have a cranberry pecan cake with cream cheese icing and I am trying to decide on another dessert also! Butternut squash is a favorite fall vegetable, but I hate to cut them! I use the Dave’s Gourmet pasta sauce, always keep a jar in the pantry! Enjoy your Thanksgiving at the beach!

  12. Denise says:

    They all look delicious! For Thanksgiving, I love traditional. That double layer pumpkin pie has my interest!! Thanks for linking up to Home Matters Party. #HomeMattersParty

  13. JESS44903 says:

    This all sounds so amazing ! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J. Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. Mary says:

    Decisions, decisions…it all sounds delicious Jenna! I definitely vote Thanksgiving at the beach and for the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Danielle says:

    Such a fun way to plan your Thanksgiving!

    Thanks for stopping by and linking up to the “Celebrate Your Story” party. Looking forward to what you share next week!


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