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My new favorite food--roasted butternut squash and bacon pasta

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Dave Westerberg Jul 1, 2006 01:36 PM

You just can't imagine how good this is. It's from Cooking Light. Make a double--you'll love it. I didn't have enough shallots for a double so I used an onnion and it was fine.

http://food.cookinglight.com/cooking/...

Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Pasta
Mini penne pasta works well in this dish since it's about the same size as the squash. You can also use elbow macaroni, shell pasta, or orecchiette.

3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash
Cooking spray
6 sweet hickory-smoked bacon slices (raw
)1 cup thinly sliced shallots
8 ounces uncooked mini penne (tube-shaped pasta)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded sharp provolone cheese
1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 425°.
Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, rosemary, and pepper. Place squash on a foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with salt mixture. Bake at 425° for 45 minutes or until tender and lightly browned. Increase oven temperature to 450°.

Cook the bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 1/2 teaspoons drippings in pan; crumble bacon. Increase heat to medium-high. Add shallots to pan; sauté 8 minutes or until tender. Combine squash mixture, bacon, and shallots; set aside.

Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain well.

Combine flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly with a whisk; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until slightly thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add provolone, stirring until cheese melts. Add pasta to cheese mixture, tossing well to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray; top with squash mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown.

  1. val ann c Jul 1, 2006 01:54 PM

    That does sound good. I wonder if cheddar would work instead of provolone?

    1. Pei Jul 1, 2006 02:46 PM

      Try sage instead of rosemary for a change. Sage/onions/butternut squash sauteed together is one of the best smells in the world.

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      1. re: Pei
        Juniper Jul 2, 2006 11:17 PM

        I was just about to recommend sage. It's so lovely with both squash and pork, so it would work perfectly with this pasta combination of yours.

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