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Butternut Squash au Gratin

Butternut Squash au Gratin recipe
photo by:kraft
When kids say they love the flavor of a veggie dish, you know you’re onto something. Bacon, melty cheese and butternut squash are hard to resist at any age.
time
prep:
45 min
total:
1 hr 15 min
servings
total:
8 servings, 1/2 cup each
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What You Need

1
 butternut squash
4
slices  OSCAR MAYER Bacon, chopped
1
small  sweet onion, thinly sliced
2
Tbsp.  flour
1/4
tsp.  pepper
1
cup  chicken broth
1-1/2
cups  KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided

Make It

HEAT oven to 350ºF.

CUT squash lengthwise in half; discard seeds. Cut each half crosswise into thin slices; remove peels. Place squash in large saucepan. Add enough water to cover squash. Bring to boil on high heat; simmer on medium-low heat 8 to 10 min. or until squash is tender.

MEANWHILE, cook bacon in skillet until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove bacon from skillet with slotted spoon, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Drain bacon on paper towels. Add onions to reserved drippings; cook and stir 5 min. or until crisp-tender. Stir in flour and pepper; cook and stir 1 min. Gradually stir in broth; cook and stir 2 to 3 min. or until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in 1 cup cheese.

DRAIN squash. Arrange half in 8- or 9-inch square baking dish; cover with half the sauce. Repeat layers; top with bacon and remaining cheese.

BAKE 25 to 30 min. or until squash mixture is heated through and cheese is melted.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Serving Suggestion
Serve with hot cooked chicken, turkey or pork.
How to Select and Prepare Butternut Squash
Butternut squash has a smooth beige skin with slightly bulbous base. Typically weighing between 2 and 3 lb., this winter squash has an orange-yellow flesh with a sweet, slightly nutty flavor. To prepare, simply cut off both ends of the squash and peel before cutting squash lengthwise in half. Scoop out and discard the seeds and stringy fibers, then cut squash into cubes or slices as desired. If desired, squash can be cut up in advance. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator up to 24 hours before using as desired.
Substitute
Prepare using fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth.
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