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Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake-F

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

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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Ingredients

  • 3 cups dried penne pasta
  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cups cream
  • 1 tsp ground sage (more if you like)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan 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!

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.