Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake

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I don’t know about you, but after the holidays at our house…it’s all about eating out of the fridge/pantry.  We avoid the grocery store at all cost.  It’s a great chance to work through ingredients and get ready for a fresh start in the New Year.

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake

That is precisely how we happened onto this Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake.  An open box of pasta, a butternut squash & fresh mushrooms waiting for their time to shine, a handful of fresh spinach and the end of two types of cheese….became a yummy meal that the whole family loved.

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The beauty of this dish is you can substitute ingredients you have on hand.  Cubed sweet potato, leftover cooked broccoli, sautéed onion….they would all be fabulous additions.  Have fun and never underestimate the potential hidden in plain site in your fridge and pantry.

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Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces dry pasta (I used bow tie)
  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 1 Tbl. butter
  • 8-10 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme leaves or ½ tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 Tbl. flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup shredded cheese (I used cheddar and 2 Tbl. goat cheese)
  • 1 handful of fresh spinach or kale
  • Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb seasoning
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (omit for vegetarian version)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Drain and reserve.
  3. Peel and cubed butternut squash. Place in a microwave safe bowl covered with water. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. Use fork to test for doneness. If necessary, microwave an additional 3-5 minutes until just fork tender. Drain and reserve.
  4. If topping with crumbled bacon, cook bacon until browned and crispy. Reserve. (omit for vegetarian version).
  5. Melt butter in the skillet and add sliced mushrooms and thyme. Cook over medium heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Turn over and cook an additional 3-4 minutes. Dust mushrooms with flour, stir until well coated. Whisk in milk and bring to a gentle boil. Remove from heat and add in cheeses, stirring until melted. Season to taste.
  6. Stir in fresh spinach, butternut squash, and pasta. Pour into a buttered casserole dish. Sprinkle with crumbled crispy bacon (optional). Bake for 20 minutes.
Notes
This recipe makes two generous servings but can be easily doubled or tripled to feed a larger crowd.

 

Jessica McCoy

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Jessica McCoy is the publisher and primary editor behind All She Cooks. She enjoys recipe development, food photography, as well as food and travel writing. You can find Jessica on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google +.

Comments

  1. says

    Oh my…this looks so good! I can’t wait to give it a try. Fingers crossed the kids will eat it as well.
    Thanks,
    KC

  2. says

    I am the same way after Thanksgiving and Christmas, this looks delicious! Thanks for linking up at Showcase Your Talent Thursday.

  3. says

    We will just love this awesome Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta Bake, it looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Miz Helen

  4. says

    I still have butternut squash from last summer’s garden, this looks like a delicious way to use it!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. says

    Wow – Just what the doctor ordered! I love this recipe – are you kidding me butternut and cheese can it get anymore comforting then that? I must try this :) met you at ButtercreamBakehouse.com thanks for sharing.

  6. says

    Gosh I love this recipe. It has all my favorite things, mushrooms, cheese, butternut squash and bacon. :) I love your blog design by the way. Simple, gorgeous colors, love love love it. Thank you so much for linking this recipe up at Recipe Sharing Monday. I hope to see you back next Monday. Have a good weekend!

  7. says

    I love using butternut squash and pasta together and this looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat Link Party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

  8. says

    I love how tasty this meal looks! It’s a great way to squeeze in some veggies! Thanks for linking on Show Me Your Plaid Monday’s!

  9. says

    This looks delicious! And like something my whole family would eat.

    Pinning. Thanks for linking up at Wordy Wednesday!

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