Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake

This Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake is a delicious fall dinner!  Loaded with cheese and an entire butternut squash, making it so creamy and flavourful!

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I know if there is cheese on a dish my kids will eat it, and the more the better!  Take this dish for example…Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake.  I get asked “what’s for dinner Mom?” and I say cheesy pasta.  They don’t even need to know there is an entire butternut squash in their meal, do they?  As long as they hear the word cheese and see it bubbling on our pasta bake they’ll eat it.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t sneak in nutrition, I just leave out the details sometimes…details shmetails.

I wanted this pasta bake to be ooey gooey and cheesy, so I used my go-to comfort cheese Kraft Creamy Mozza with a Touch of Philly.  It’s so creamy and perfect for so many dishes!  What’s your comfort cheese?  C’mon, you must have one?  😉

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake {A Pretty Life}

This dish is loaded with the flavours of soft cheese, crispy bacon, creamy butternut squash and a hint of sage.  This dinner is a winner!  Winner winner cheesy dinner.  Even my pickiest went back for seconds!

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake {A Pretty Life}

And if you want to get extra fancy, sprinkle on some dried sage as a garnish.  The flavour is quite powerful, so just be warned (truth be told my kids did not like the sage garnish…I didn’t really either…but it looked nice for pictures haha!)

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake {A Pretty Life}

But the cheeeeeeeese.  Oh the cheese.  This dish is full of cheesy goodness.  Does dinner get any better?

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake {A Pretty Life}

 So here you go, Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake.  A perfect fall meal.

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Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake

Servings 8
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

  • 3 cups dried penne pasta
  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups cream half & half
  • 1 tsp ground sage more if you like
  • 1 - 300 g package of Kraft Creamy Mozza with a Touch of Philly
  • 1/2 cup Kraft 100% Parmesan Shredded Cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked and crumbled bacon

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut the butternut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, then chop the squash into chunks like in the picture above.
  3. Then lay the squash out on a baking sheet, brush with the olive oil and bake for about 35 minutes, or until the squash is soft.
  4. After the squash is done baking, use a spoon to scoop out the cooked squash, and add it to a food processor.
  5. To the squash in the food processor, also add the cream and ground sage, and puree until smooth. Set aside.
  6. In the mean time cook the pasta according to package directions.
  7. Once the pasta is cooked, toss it with the butternut squash mixture.
  8. Add half of the pasta mix to a 9 x 13 lasagna dish.
  9. Sprinkle on half of the shredded mozzarella cheese, then add the remaining pasta mix.
  10. Sprinkle on the remaining shredded mozzarella cheese as well as the shredded parmesan cheese.
  11. Sprinkle on the cooked and crumbled bacon.
  12. Bake for 25 - 35 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbling.
  13. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Tip #1! You can use canned fresh pumpkin or leftover squash from dinner the night before to make this recipe even easier! Just use about 2 cups of ready-to-go pureed squash or pumpkin.

Tip #2! If you find the butternut squash sauce too thick, just puree in more cream! You might need to add a touch more sage so not to dilute its flavour with the extra cream.

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Enjoy!

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake {A Pretty Life}

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More Delicious Fall Pasta Ideas:

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta

Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Baked Penne

Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Baked Penne

Easy Three Cheese Stovetop Macaroni

Easy Three Cheese Stovetop Macaroni

Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli

Macaroni and Cheese With Broccoli

Have a delicious day!

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19 Comments

  • Reply Laura @ porch&table September 26, 2014 at 9:39 AM Talk about comfort food! Any type of pasta bake is an automatic favorite of mine, but add a little butternut squash, and it's sure to become a frequent recipe in our place!
  • Reply Janice @Kitchen Heals Soul September 26, 2014 at 9:54 AM The best part about transitioning to fall is all the squash at the market. Love this pasta bake, with extra cheese for me ;)
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife September 26, 2014 at 2:22 PM I agree! I love squash in everything...I think fall is my favourite food season! And YES to extra cheese!
  • Reply Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen September 26, 2014 at 10:36 AM Squash is my favourite fall food! And cheese, well, who doesn't love cheese? ;) This looks fantastic!
  • Reply Sarah | (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean September 26, 2014 at 10:45 AM Bacon and butternut squash?! Ack! That sounds like a winning combo! Definitely going to try this!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife September 26, 2014 at 2:22 PM I know! Best combo ever right?! We loved this...such a great comfort food!
  • Reply Melissa September 26, 2014 at 11:02 AM I have a giant butternut squash sitting on my counter waiting to be used and have felt very uninspired. But this sounds like it could be the ticket!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife September 26, 2014 at 2:24 PM I'm always looking for ways to cook and bake with butternut squash so I always have them on my counter at this time of year too! The possibilities are endless!
  • Reply Mama B @ My Edible Journey September 26, 2014 at 11:11 AM That looks phenomenal. If only my son wasn't the only child I know who won't eat foods with cheese on them (save for pizza from one specific pizza joint). I'm filing it away as a great potluck dish.
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife September 26, 2014 at 2:25 PM Thank you! I don't know what I'd do if my kids didn't like cheese hee hee! ;) This would make a great potluck dish - great idea!
  • Reply natalie aka hungryhippie September 27, 2014 at 2:46 AM Looks absolutely delish!!!!
  • Reply Cheryl Grandy September 29, 2014 at 11:27 AM Just bought a butternut squash the other day and was wondering what to do with it - this is a great idea. Thanks.
  • Reply Cheryl Grandy September 29, 2014 at 11:33 AM I just bought a butternut squash and hadn't chosen a recipe yet - this one is great. Thanks!
  • Reply Alexis October 7, 2014 at 5:10 PM What is Kraft Creamy Mozza with a Touch of Philly? Is it the same as cream cheese? This sounds really good but I'm not sure what to sub for the Creamy Mozza with a Touch of Philly. Thanks!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife October 8, 2014 at 8:42 AM Hi Alexis! It's just Kraft shredded cheese that has a little bit of cream cheese added to it, so it's really creamy (you can find it next to the regular shredded cheese in the grocery store). If you can't find it you can just use regular shredded cheese! Happy cooking!
  • Reply Cheryl Grandy January 20, 2015 at 2:22 PM I tried a variation of this and my husband (who doesn't usually like squash) loves it. I didn't have Kraft Creamy Mozza with a Touch of Philly so I used a package of cream cheese that I had in the fridge. Thanks for the recipe.
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