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    Butternut Squash Penne With Chicken, Bacon and Spinach

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    50 mins

    25 mins

    25 mins

    LizzyGirl09's Note:

    The most delicious fall/wintertime recipe, hands down. I don't have the patience to roast squash and this is a great way to get picky kids to eat healthy vegetables.

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray 13x9 pan liberally with non-stick spray. Start a pot of 5 qt water with liberal salt for the penne.
    2. 2
      Cook bacon until crisp over medium heat in a large non-stick skillet. Drain bacon over paper towels and reserve 3 TBSP fat in pan.
    3. 3
      Salt and pepper chicken pieces. Cook chicken breast pieces in the bacon fat for about 4 minutes, until no longer pink in the center. Reserve chicken and tent with foil.
    4. 4
      Add enough olive oil to coat pan; add squash, salt, pepper and sage. Cover pan and stir occasionally for 5-7 minutes, until squash is semi-soft. Add onion and continue to cook for 3-5 minutes, until onion is translucent. Add garlic, red pepper, and spinach to skillet and cook until spinach is wilted, 3-4 minutes.
    5. 5
      Do not cook your penne until al dente; it will continue to cook in the oven. Only cook for about 7 minutes.
    6. 6
      In a seperate saucepan cook flour over medium heat, gradually adding milk and whisking continuously until boiling. Boil for two minutes or until thickened; remove from heat and add cheese, stirring until melted.
    7. 7
      Add flour/milk/cheese mixture to pasta; add pasta to squash mixture. Add more milk if mixture is too thick. Spread mixture into 13x9 pan; sprinkle more cheese on top if desired. Cook in oven 15-20 minutes or until cheese is browned and bubbling. Let cool for 10-15 minutes; serve.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 08, 2014

      55

      Thumbs up and a "tasty" comment from my husband. Won't get any better than that. Made for New Kids on the Block Tag Game. :)

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    Nutritional Facts for Butternut Squash Penne With Chicken, Bacon and Spinach

    Serving Size: 1 (350 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 517.0
     
    Calories from Fat 102
    19%
    Total Fat 11.3 g
    17%
    Saturated Fat 3.6 g
    18%
    Cholesterol 63.4 mg
    21%
    Sodium 383.8 mg
    15%
    Total Carbohydrate 78.8 g
    26%
    Dietary Fiber 10.6 g
    42%
    Sugars 2.4 g
    9%
    Protein 26.9 g
    53%

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