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.

 

Libby
Besides being an All She Cooks' Recipe Contributor, Libby is the author behind the blog Lemony Thyme. She loves cooking, eating and food photography. Her cooking abilities rose to a new level when she started incorporating fresh herbs. Her understanding of the term 'layers of flavor' finds her deconstructing dishes with her tongue to identify each ingredient. Her husband blessed her with fresh herb porch-gardens last spring which have changed their cooking lives.
Libby

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