Bacon and Butternut Pasta

Cooking Light recipe - Kid Friendly and Freezable Calories: 388 Fat: 15.4g Saturated fat: 8.2g Monounsaturated fat: 1.8g Polyunsaturated fat: 0.4g Protein: 12.1g Carbohydrate: 51.4g Fiber: 4.8g Cholesterol: 36mg Iron: 2.9mg Sodium: 475mg Calcium: 166mg

Photo by Stephanie M.

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Ingredients

  • 5

    cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash

  • 1

    tablespoon olive oil

  • Cooking spray

  • 12

    ounces uncooked ziti (short tube-shaped pasta), campanile, or other short pasta

  • 4

    cups chopped kale

  • 2

    bacon slices

  • 2

    cups vertically sliced onion

  • 1

    teaspoon salt, divided

  • 5

    garlic cloves, minced

  • 2

    cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth, divided

  • 2

    tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1/2

    teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1

    cup crème fraîche

  • 1/3

    cup (about 1 1/2 ounces) shredded Gruyère cheese

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400°. 2. Combine squash and oil in a large bowl; toss well. Arrange squash mixture in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until squash is tender. 3. Cook pasta 7 minutes or until almost al dente, omitting salt and fat. Add kale to pan during last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain pasta mixture. 4. Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Add onion to drippings in pan; cook 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. 5. Bring 1 3/4 cups broth to a boil in a small saucepan. Combine remaining 1/4 cup broth and flour in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to broth. Cook 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat; stir in crème fraîche. 6. Combine squash, pasta mixture, bacon, onion mixture, and sauce in a large bowl; toss gently. Place pasta mixture in a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until bubbly and slightly browned.

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