Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
4 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring 3 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt to a boil in a large saucepan. Add pasta; cook for 8 minutes. Drain in a colander over a bowl, and reserve 1/3 cup cooking liquid.

Step 2

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings in pan. Crumble bacon; set aside. Add butter to drippings in pan; cook 30 seconds or until butter melts. Increase heat to medium-high. Add squash; sauté 7 minutes or until almost tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, pasta, reserved cooking liquid, and cheese; cook 2 minutes or until pasta is al dente, stirring frequently. Sprinkle with bacon and onions.

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Ratings & Reviews

Mixed reviews at my house

August 07, 2015
I've tried this dish out on the family a couple of times.  And while I enjoyed it, my family just does not.  Even DH who likes all of the ingredients said that the combination was just weird to him.  So unfortunately, I won't be making this one again.

EllenDeller's Review

November 03, 2012
This is very good and if you buy pre-cut squash, very simple. I could not make myself add that butter, though! My husband drizzled a little olive oil over his at the table, but I was fine without. Save 60 calories per serving by eliminating if you need to. I also used a whole wheat blend pasta, reduced-fat blue cheese crumbles, and white wine instead of cooking water. Very filling with a salad on the side and a slice of baquette. Please use humanely raised pork.

Sandi218's Review

August 01, 2012
My husband and I loved it, and our two year old even ate it. I made one change - rather than using the pasta cooking water, I used 99% fat free chicken broth. I served with roasted asparagus.

kristicotton's Review

April 04, 2012
This was excellent! I improvised a lot using a pound of bacon (maybe not so light!) , a lot more garlic, and romano cheese instead of what the recipe called for. It was great! Will make it again.

pmassagli's Review

March 19, 2012

kab0612's Review

November 29, 2011

GayleR's Review

October 23, 2010
Disappointing. It sounded great but the combination tasted weird. My only changes were to omit the garlic and use a different shape of pasta.

Saecca's Review

March 07, 2010
I would definitely make this whole meal again. I only sauteed the butternut squash in cooking spray, but thought it needed to cook a little longer than the directions. I also used Turkey Bacon and then crumbled that in. I thought it was super good, but I thought it needed a bit more salt. The spinach and apple salad was amazing with it.

minaret2001's Review

February 27, 2010
YUM! Great, easy recipe. My kids ate it, so it passed the test. I omitted the green onion because I forgot to get them at the grocery store. Otherwise, I made it exactly as printed.