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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Pasta

This recipe has many steps but the end result is worth it.
If you can, prepare the roasted butternut squash mixture the day before (steps 1-3) and add to the pasta and cook the rest when you are going to serve it.
Borrowed from Cooking Light
3/4 tsp. salt divided
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary
1/4 tsp. 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 oz. Uncooked mini-penne pasta
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
3/4 cup (3 oz) shredded sharp provolone cheese
1/3 cup (1 1/2 oz) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Combine 1/4 tsp 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 temp to 450.
3. Cook the bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 1/2 tsp 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.
4. Cook pasta according to directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain well.
5. Combine flour and 1/2 tsp. 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 11x17-inch baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray; top with squash mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Parm cheese. Bake at 450 for 10 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown.

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