We love our parmesan pasta recipe and we make it quite often.This time, I decided to add bacon and sautéed butternut squash to it. It was delicious! The sort of sweet, creamy butternut squash mixed with the salty and crunchy bacon and the always delicious parmesan pasta…this dish is amazing. The unfortunate thing was I pretended that I was eating something really healthy because of the squash so I ate way too much.
Parmesan Pasta with Butternut Squash & Bacon
1/2 pound of bacon
1 pound of butternut squash
1 red onion
1 Tablespoon of minced garlic
1/2 tsp. of salt
1/4 tsp. of red pepper flakes
Ingredients for pasta:
1 lb. dried pasta
1 stick of butter (I know, it’s a lot but totally worth it)
1/2 cup milk (I use 1%, cuz I’m healthy that way)
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for garnish, along with fresh herbs if desired.
I started out with pre-cut organic butternut squash from Costco – so easy! After frying up the bacon, I scooped out most of the grease. I probably kept about 1 T of bacon grease in the pan. I added a chopped red onion and garlic and I cooked it for about 1 minute. I then added about 1 pound of cubed butternut squash. Sauté for several minutes, until soft. Add about 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes and continue cooking, until squash is soft. Once the squash is to the desired consistency, add the chopped bacon, and set aside until the rest of your pasta is ready.
While the squash is cooking, start cooking your pasta and preparing the sauce:
Cook pasta following package directions. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the sauce: put all of the sauce ingredients into a large measuring cup and heat it in the microwave. It normally takes about 2 minutes, but you want to watch it – you don’t want any of that yummy goodness to boil over and end up in the microwave instead of on your pasta! So I normally microwave it for one minute and check it and then just let it sit until the pasta is finished and then heat it for the next minute once the cooked pasta is drained and back in the pot. Pour the completely melted and sort of bubbly sauce mixture over the top of the cooked pasta and mix well.
Add the 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese and mix well. Then add the bacon and squash mixture and mix again.
When serving, we grate a bit of fresh Parmesan cheese over the top and if we are feeling particularly fancy, we add some fresh herbs such as basil or Italian parsley.
And now in honor of Thanksgiving, here are a few recipes that would be perfect to complete your delicious Thanksgiving spread!
Crockpot Mac & Cheese
Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Faux Banana Cream Pie
And in case you have any leftovers…
Ham & Swiss Cheese Quiche
Chicken Pot Pie– just substitute turkey.