Baked Whole Grain Penne with Fall Vegetables

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 35 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

1/3 cup walnut pieces

1/4 cup Italian parsley leaves

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

6 tablespoons butter

4 cups thickly sliced leeks (white and tender green parts)

6 cups large diced butternut squash, (1 1/2 to 2 pounds squash)

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons minced fresh sage leaves

1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

3 cups chicken broth

1 cup milk

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 (13.25-ounce) package Whole Grain Penne

1 pound grated part-skim mozzarella

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Pulse walnuts, parsley and parmesan in a food processor until they look like bread crumbs.
  2. Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the leeks, and squash and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until just tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour, sage, and nutmeg. Reduce heat add gradually add broth and milk. Simmer, stirring, until thickened, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and remove from heat.
  3. Cook pasta according to package instructions; drain. Combine pasta with the vegetables and mozzarella. Pour into a 9 by 13-inch casserole. Sprinkle with the walnut topping. Bake until the top is golden, about 25 minutes. Rest 5 minutes before serving.
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