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

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.

pmassagli's Review

March 19, 2012

kab0612's Review

November 29, 2011

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.

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.

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.

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.