Thursday, November 3, 2011

Two Cheese & Butternut Squash Pasta.

There are few foods as comforting as macaroni and cheese. There's just something about cheese and pasta baked together that warms the heart. 

And for those of us me who have has an abundance of winter squash this classic dish offers the opportunity to mix the two creating a dish that tastes like fall and comfort in one.  I originally planned on serving this dish sans meat, buuut the hubby won and I added some ground pork sausage.  Next time I make this I'll add some grilled chicken breast instead.

Two Cheese & Butternut Squash Pasta.
Recipe by Me.
1 regular sized box of pasta
2 cups roasted butternut squash (peeled and seeded)
1 pint half & half
1 cup parmesan cheese (shredded)
1 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
1/2 lb ground pork sausage (prepared) or grilled chicken breast (cut into bite-sized pieces) or no meat
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon garlic
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt

Prepare pasta according to package directions.  Place squash in a food processor or blender and slowly add half & half until squash is smooth and blended with half & half.  In a large bowl, mix together prepared pasta, squash mixture, cheeses, meat, basil, garlic, pepper, and salt.  Place in a baking dish and bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

Enjoy.  Especially on a cold fall or winter day.

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