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Butternut Squash and Parsnip Baked Pasta

Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 2 cups)
This meatless dish combines two autumn vegetables that I love. It's warming, spicy, and very satisfying. It's homey enough to serve on weeknights and festive enough to serve during the holidays.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash
  • 1 cup chopped parsnip
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried rubbed sage
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 2 cups uncooked penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese, divided
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk

Nutrition Information

  • calories 437
  • caloriesfromfat 28 %
  • fat 13.4 g
  • satfat 6.1 g
  • monofat 5.1 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 16.5 g
  • carbohydrate 63.6 g
  • fiber 5.3 g
  • cholesterol 25 mg
  • iron 3.1 mg
  • sodium 607 mg
  • calcium 297 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.

  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, red pepper, and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Add squash and parsnip; sauté 10 minutes. Stir in sage, parsley, nutmeg, allspice, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper; remove from heat.

  3. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1 cup cooking liquid. Combine squash mixture, pasta, and 1/4 cup cheese in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray, tossing gently to combine.

  4. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add milk; cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk. Gradually add reserved cooking liquid; cook 2 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  5. Pour milk mixture over pasta mixture; sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until lightly browned.

Cook's Notes

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