Photo: David Malosh
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour
Yield
Serves 4

Name: Susan Cornett

Age: 33

Job: Clinical lab scientist

Hometown: Livermore, Calif.

Also at her table: Her husband, David, and their son, Joshua, and daughter, Aviel

How to Make It

Step 1

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon, stirring, until crispy, about 5 minutes. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 1 Tbsp. bacon fat from skillet.

Step 2

In same skillet over medium heat, sauté onion until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, spices, kale and 1/4 cup broth. Cook until kale is wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

Step 3

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In a medium pot, bring squash and remaining broth to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until squash is tender, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer 1/2 of squash to skillet. Using an immersion blender, puree remaining squash until chunky; add to skillet.

Step 4

Add rigatoni to boiling water; cook until al dente, about 12 minutes or as package label directs. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water. Add pasta, Parmesan and half-and-half to skillet. Toss quickly over low heat until warmed through, adding pasta water to thin if needed. Season with salt and pepper. Divide into 4 bowls; top with ricotta and bacon.

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