Pasta with Creamy Butternut and Bacon #SundaySupper

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Fall flavor starts with butternut squash for me. It’s something I won’t eat in the spring or summer, but when the beach days are over and school is back in session, I start working butternut into our cooking regularly here. So I naturally figured I’d make something with butternut squash for today’s Fall Flavors Sunday Supper.

My Sunday Supper recipes last fall featured butternut squash in a soup and a risotto, so what to do this time? Well, our 10 year old had mentioned we hadn’t had bacon in awhile. A food blogger that includes meat in his recipes needs to be bringing bacon to the table from time to time, so I thought we could do something that included bacon along with butternut squash. The result was this Pasta with Creamy Butter and Bacon recipe. We had this as a main course, but it also can make a nice side for roasted chicken or turkey.

Pasta with Creamy Butternut and Bacon for a tasty fall meal.

The butternut squash gets boiled, the cooked up with some garlic and chicken stock. My original plan was to put the squash mixture into the food processor at the end to reach the desired creamy consistency, but the way the squash broke apart when stirring it, that wasn’t necessary. By the time I stirred in the cream, I had my sauce made right in the skillet.

You can see from the photos that I tossed the creamy butternut with linguine. However, this sauce is pretty thick, so I’d say it would work better with a short shape like penne or ziti. My other pointer is to be sure to eat this right after you toss the pasta with the butternut sauce, as it starts to thicken pretty quickly.

To add another fall touch, I topped the creamy butternut pasta with some toasted pumpkin seeds along with the bacon bits. A nice crunch to go along with the creaminess!
Pasta with Creamy Butternut and Bacon for a tasty fall #SundaySupper

Pasta with Creamy Butternut and Bacon
 
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Pasta tossed with a creamy butternut squash sauce and topped with bacon for a flavorful fall meal.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Fusion
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 cups butternut squash, chopped (1 medium squash)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 slices bacon
  • ½ tsp dried sage
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ¾ cup coconut or dairy cream
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 12 ozs pasta, preferably a short shape like ziti or penne
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds, toasted
Instructions
  1. Boil a pot of water. Add the butternut squash, boil for 15 minutes or so, until the squash is tender.
  2. Drain the squash, and rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  3. Start boiling water for pasta.
  4. Spray a skillet with oil, and heat it on medium. Add the bacon, and cook until crispy, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove the bacon from the skillet and place on a plate with a paper towel on top.
  5. Drain the excess bacon fat from the skillet, and wipe the skillet with a paper towel to get most of the bacon grease out but leaving a bit for flavor. When the bacon has cooled, crumble it into small pieces.
  6. Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet, and heat on medium. Add the garlic, cook for a minutes.
  7. Add the cooked squash to the skillet along with the chicken broth and sage. Bring the broth to a simmer, stir occasionally with a sturdy spoon. As you stir, gradually break up the squash.
  8. Let the squash simmer for about 10 minutes, and it will gradually break up into a creamy sauce. When most of stock has been absorbed, gradually stir in the cream to finish the sauce.
  9. Start cooking the pasta according to package instructions after you add the squash to the skillet.
  10. When the pasta is cooked, drain and toss immediately with the butternut sauce and the additional tablespoon olive oil. Stir in the cheese.
  11. Plate the pasta right after tossing with the sauce. Top the pasta with bacon bits and pumpkin seeds.

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