Recipe courtesy of Serena Ball
Butternut Squash and Bacon One-Pot Pasta
Total:
50 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
6 to 7 servings
Level:
Easy

Nutrition Info

Healthy
Total:
50 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
6 to 7 servings
Level:
Easy

Nutrition Info

Healthy

Ingredients

Directions

Using a fork, poke a few holes in skin of squash. Place the entire squash in the microwave and cook on high power for 5 minutes. Remove squash using a towel or oven mitts and allow to cool for a few minutes. Place squash on cutting board and hold warm squash with an oven mitt (or latex dishwashing glove) and slice squash in half; scoop out seeds. 

Place one squash half face down on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on high-power, 3 to 5 minutes. Reserve second squash half for another use. 

Scoop cooked squash flesh out of shell and place in a blender or food processor and blend with about 3 tablespoons water until smooth; set aside. Makes about 11/2 cups puree. 

In a large pot, cook penne according to directions on the regular pasta box (as it takes a little longer to cook than whole grain pasta). Drain pasta, reserving about 1/2 cup pasta water. 

In the same large pot, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until browned. Remove bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, reserving bacon fat (about 1 tablespoon) in the pot. 

Over medium heat, whisk the flour into the bacon fat. Slowly whisk in the warm milk and cook, stirring, until the mixture begins to bubble. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low and stir in reserved squash puree; cook until warm, about 2 minutes. Stir in cheese, thyme, salt, pepper and 1 to 2 tablespoons pasta water if sauce seems too thick. Add pasta and reserved bacon and toss gently. Serve with additional shredded cheese if desired.

Cook's Note

For good flavor and good nutrition, use half whole grain and half regular white pasta.

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Pasta with Bacon and Tomatoes

Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Summer Garden Pasta

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Herb Pasta Dough

Recipe courtesy of Michele Urvater

Pasta, Pesto, and Peas

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Bacon and Egg Coal Miner's Pasta: Rigatoni alla Carbonara

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

Shrimp Scampi and Pasta with Herb Breadcrumbs

Recipe courtesy of Valerie Bertinelli

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus Bundles

Recipe courtesy of Rachael Ray

Pasta Primavera

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Trending Videos 6 Videos

Plaster Chocolate Cake 05:58

This cake is so rich and creamy that Raiza Costa wants to plaster the world with it.

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          On TV

          The Pioneer Woman

          9:30am | 8:30c

          Cupcake Wars

          10am | 9c

          Cupcake Wars

          11am | 10c

          Cupcake Wars

          12pm | 11c

          The Pioneer Woman

          1:30pm | 12:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          2:30pm | 1:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          3:30pm | 2:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          4:30pm | 3:30c

          Chopped

          5pm | 4c

          Chopped

          6pm | 5c

          Chopped

          7pm | 6c

          Chopped

          8pm | 7c

          Chopped

          9pm | 8c
          On Tonight
          On Tonight

          Beat Bobby Flay

          10pm | 9c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          10:30pm | 9:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          11:30pm | 10:30c

          Chopped

          12am | 11c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          1:30am | 12:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          2:30am | 1:30c

          Chopped

          3am | 2c

          Mystery Diners

          4:30am | 3:30c

          Get Cooking