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Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke Photo by: Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

Butternut Squash and Parsnip Baked Pasta

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.

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2002

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 2 cups)

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

Preparation

Preheat oven to 375°.

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.

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.

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.

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

Note:

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 437
  • Calories from fat: 28%
  • Fat: 13.4g
  • Saturated fat: 6.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 5.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1g
  • Protein: 16.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 63.6g
  • Fiber: 5.3g
  • Cholesterol: 25mg
  • Iron: 3.1mg
  • Sodium: 607mg
  • Calcium: 297mg
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