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Creamy Bacon and Butternut Squash Pasta

creamy bacon and butternut squash pasta Entree Italian
Creamy Bacon and Butternut Squash Pasta
  • Prep 60 min
  • Total 60 min
  • Servings 6

Rich, savory and slightly sweet, this comforting pasta dish is loaded with roasted butternut squash and bacon, all tied together with deeply caramelized onions. MORE+ LESS-

September 19, 2017

Ingredients

1 1/4
lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
2
tablespoons olive oil
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon pepper
6
slices bacon, chopped
1
large onion, halved and thinly sliced (3 cups)
4
cups uncooked cavatappi pasta (12 oz)
1
cup Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
1
cup heavy whipping cream
1/3
cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
2
tablespoons chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 425°F. Spray large rimmed pan with cooking spray.
  • 2
    In large bowl, toss squash, oil, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Spread in pan; roast 25 to 35 minutes, stirring once, until tender and golden brown.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until crisp. Drain on paper towels; set aside. Reserve 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Add onion, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Increase heat to medium-high; cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium; cook 15 to 20 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until onions are deep golden brown.
  • 4
    Cook and drain pasta as directed on package.
  • 5
    Add broth and cream to onions in skillet. Increase heat to medium-high; heat to boiling. Continue to cook 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce is slightly thickened. Stir in reserved bacon, roasted squash, cooked pasta and Parmesan cheese. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until hot. Transfer to serving dishes; garnish with parsley and additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Expert Tips

  • It’s always a good idea to reserve a little of the pasta water before you strain the pasta. Then, if the pasta seems too dry when you toss it with the sauce, you can add a tablespoon or two of the water. If the pasta sauce seems too liquidy, simply cook it with the pasta for another minute or two until you achieve the desired consistency.
  • Looking for a time-saver? Precut butternut squash can be found in the produce section of most grocery stores.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
550
Calories from Fat
230
% Daily Value
Total Fat
25g
39%
Saturated Fat
12g
60%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
65mg
22%
Sodium
580mg
24%
Potassium
470mg
13%
Total Carbohydrate
65g
22%
Dietary Fiber
6g
25%
Sugars
7g
Protein
16g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
170%
170%
Vitamin C
15%
15%
Calcium
15%
15%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
3 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 4 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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