Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Pasta

I love butternut squash in any way, shape, or form.  This is a delicious salty-and-sweet dish that was a huge hit!  The pasta was creamy and the bacon added incredible flavor!

  • 3 cups (1-inch) cubed, peeled butternut squash
  • 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 8 ounces penne pasta
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, unsalted
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded sharp provolone cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Combine salt, pepper and rosemary.  Place squash on a foil-lined baking sheet coated with olive oil.  Sprinkle with the salt mixture.  Bake for 45 minutes or until tender and lightly browned.

Cook bacon in a non-stick skillet until crisp.  Remove bacon from pan, reserving 2 tsp. drippings in pan; crumble bacon.  Add onions to pan and saute until tender and golden, about 8-10 minutes.  Combine squash mixture, bacon and onion and set aside.

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain well.

Combine flour, butter and 1/2 tsp. salt in a medium saucepan.  Cook for 2 minutes.  Gradually add milk, stirring constantly with a whisk; bring to a boil.  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 425 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown.

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8 comments:

  1. I love butternut squash too, and of course bacon! This looks amazing Patti:@)

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  2. This looks absolutely fantastic! Pinning this one. Thanks!

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  3. Thank you!! A friend gave me tons of butternut squash and now i know what i am doing with some of it :)

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  4. Nicely done! I've combined pumpkin and sausage with pasta before, but I like this one. Boy do I like it -- bacon, provolone, pasta. Everyone (but my waistline) loves it!

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  5. Oh Patti this looks so delicious it is going on the list of to make soon, thanks for the recipe!

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  6. Oh my gosh Patti this has to be the most delicious pasta and squash recipe I have ever laid eyes on. No kidding, I can almost taste it from way down here in Florida.

    Bookmarked this baby!

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  7. Oh, this looks so good! I love squash and am always looking for new ways to use it in cooking, so thank you for sharing what looks like a tasty recipe!

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  8. Oh my goodness Patti,
    This is a wonderful dish! The roasted butternut with the rosemary and the creamy pasta, I can't wait to make it. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great week end and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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