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Creamy Butternut, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Cavatappi

Creamy Butternut, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Cavatappi delivers great flavor combinations and a good pick for an easy weeknight meal that's ready in less than 45 minutes.

Cooking Light DECEMBER 2012

  • Yield: Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 cup)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 1/3 pounds)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 ounces uncooked cavatappi
  • 1 cup prechopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 425°.

2. Combine squash, 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 24 minutes or until tender, stirring once.

3. Cook the pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta; keep warm.

4. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in 1/2 cup milk, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Combine remaining 1/2 cup milk, flour, and yolks in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Slowly add egg mixture to pan, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cook 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently with a whisk.

5. Combine squash, pasta, and milk mixture in a large bowl; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and nuts.

Note:

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 307
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated fat: 3.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.3g
  • Protein: 11.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 45.3g
  • Fiber: 3.8g
  • Cholesterol: 80mg
  • Iron: 2.3mg
  • Sodium: 318mg
  • Calcium: 169mg
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