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Baked Pasta with Butternut Squash and Ricotta

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Makes: 8, 1 cup servings Total Time: 1 hr 25 min
Category: Dinner Entrees Sub Category: Pasta Entrees

what you need
  • 20 oz. butternut squash, fresh, peeled and cubed*
  • 12 oz. uncooked whole-wheat penne pasta
  • 1 1/4 cups fat-free skim milk
  • 2 Tbsp. white all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. thyme, fresh, chopped, divided
  • 1/2 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, parmigiano-reggiano recommended
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
make it
Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Coat a 2 1/2 to 3 quart baking dish with 2 sprays of cooking spray. Place squash on prepared baking sheet; roast until tender, about 20-30 minutes. Place in a large bowl and mash. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pot.

In a medium saucepan, whisk together milk, flour, garlic, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisk frequently; reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring often, until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in mashed squash and 2 1/2 tsp. of thyme. Add sauce to pasta; toss to mix and coat.

Transfer pasta mixture to prepared baking dish; dot with spoonfuls of ricotta and then sprinkle with parmesan and walnuts. Bake until top is lightly brown in a few spots, about 15-20 minutes; remove from heat and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 tsp. thyme.
Notes
*Look for a 20 oz. bag of fresh, already peeled and cubed squash from your supermarket. If you can't find any, cut a medium squash in half lengthwise and place cut side down on prepared baking sheet; roast until tender, about 45 minutes. Scoop squash out of skin into a large bowl, mash with a spoon and proceed as above.
Average Rating  (1)
Rated  by a cook on 11/3/2010 This was great.. it was sooo hard to find a actual dinner meal that incorporated butternut squash (most of the recipes on here are side dishes or sweet). I added some italian seasoning and mozzarella but it was a great low fat dish that was great wonderful for the fall! Thanks for sharing!
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