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    Baked Pasta With Butternut Squash and Ricotta

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    1 hr 25 mins

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    KelBel's Note:

    This pasta casserole is a hearty yet elegant combination of whole wheat penne, rich butternut squash, toasted walnuts, ricotta and Parmesan cheese. From - 5 Points

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 375ºF. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Coat a 2 1/2- to 3-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
    2. 2
      Place squash on prepared baking sheet; roast until tender, about 20 to 30 minutes. Place in a large bowl and mash.
    3. 3
      Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. After squash has been roasting for about 10 minutes, cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pot.
    4. 4
      In a medium saucepan, whisk together milk, flour, garlic, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking 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 teaspoons of thyme. Add sauce to pasta; toss to mix and coat.
    5. 5
      Transfer pasta mixture to prepared baking dish; dot with spoonfuls of ricotta and then sprinkle with Parmesan and walnuts. Bake until top is lightly browned in a few spots, about 15 to 20 minutes; remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon of thyme.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 12, 2011


      I've made this recipe three times this Fall already and will be making it again tomorrow. Great meal that is even better for leftovers - Followed the recipe exactly the first time, but since then I have added sauted onions, mushrooms, garlic and spinach to the squash mixture. Thank you for this great seasonal recipe!

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    • on September 11, 2008


      This was so lovely! I am amazed at how flavorful the sauce was, even before adding the squash. That could, of course, be due to the fact that I at least doubled the garlic!! I don't know that I would change a thing...I guess roasting a sliced onion to add to the sauce might be a nice touch, but definitely not necessary. I was short on thyme (aren't we all LOL!) so I used a mixture of sage and thyme. It was a beautiful early fall dish. My non-adventurous DH didn't love it, but if there are no tomatoes with his pasta he thinks something is wrong...argh. Thanks so much for posting!!

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    • on November 15, 2013


      Not bad. I thought it was ok (tasted better the next day) but my boyfriend really like it. He is a much healthier eater than I. I added some caramelized onions and I sauteed the garlic with the onions instead of adding it to the milk mixture. I also used dried thyme (and didn't put any on the top), and prob only a 1/2 teaspoon because I had no idea how the conversion would work.

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    Nutritional Facts for Baked Pasta With Butternut Squash and Ricotta

    Serving Size: 1 (179 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 268.0
    Calories from Fat 50
    Total Fat 5.5 g
    Saturated Fat 1.9 g
    Cholesterol 9.2 mg
    Sodium 293.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 45.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.3 g
    Sugars 1.7 g
    Protein 12.6 g

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