According to the September 2013 issue of Better Homes and Garden, women are constantly looking for dinner recipes that are fresh, easy, delicious – and good for you. As you may already know, that combination is not always easy to find.
However, this recipe for a cheesy butternut squash cavatappi bake does that because the versatile butternut squash adds creaminess and flavor to an easy macaroni dish, replacing some of the cheese. This provides a Vitamin A packed dish which has less fat than the traditional macaroni and cheese without sacrificing any of the taste. Give it a try!
- 3 cups peeled & cubed butternut squash
- 8 ounces dried cavatappi or other elbow macaroni
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 8 ounces cremini or button mushrooms, sliced
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 Tablespoons, all-purpose flour
- 1 cup, fat-free milk
- 6 ounces fontina cheese, shredded (1 ½ cups)
- 2 slices reduced-sodium bacon, cooked & crumbled (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Lightly coat a 2-quart rectangular baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine squash and 2 Tablespoons water; cover with vented plastic wrap.
- Microwave on high for 4 minutes; stir. Microwave 4 for minutes more or until squash is tender. Carefully remove plastic wrap. Mash squash; set aside.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
- In a medium saucepan, heat butter over medium high heat.
- Add mushrooms and green onions. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle flour over mushroom mixture. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Add milk and ¼ teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; stir in squash.
- Add squash. Gently fold to combine.
- Transfer half of the pasta mixture to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with half the heated through and cheese.
- Add remaining pasta mixture and cheese.
- Top with bacon, if desired.
- Bake, uncovered, 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.
- Top with additional green onions.