Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro
5 servings

Whip up this outstanding pasta and squash casserole for an easy family meal. Mini penne pasta works well in this dish since it's about the same size as the squash. You can also use elbow macaroni, shell pasta, or orecchiette.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 2

Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, rosemary, and pepper. Place squash on a foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with salt mixture. Bake at 425° for 45 minutes or until tender and lightly browned. Increase oven temperature to 450°.

Step 3

Cook the bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 1/2 teaspoons drippings in pan; crumble bacon. Increase heat to medium-high. Add shallots to pan; sauté 8 minutes or until tender. Combine squash mixture, bacon, and shallots; set aside.

Step 4

Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain well.

Step 5

Combine flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly with a whisk; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until slightly thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add provolone, stirring until cheese melts. Add pasta to cheese mixture, tossing well to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray; top with squash mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown.

Ratings & Reviews

raskls's Review

June 06, 2010
This dish was delicious. The entire family loved it including the picky kids and pickier husband.

nicolew12's Review

January 03, 2010
Simply amazing. Made this twice over Christmas (once for my in laws and again for my parents)! Rave reviews from everyone.

justeatit's Review

November 17, 2010
I was so excited to make this based on all the terrific reviews, but I was a bit disappointed with the end result. I didn't find it hard to make and thought the recipe was written very well, if you follow it exactly it keeps your timing right on track. In the end, I really liked the squash & bacon but the pasta sauce was very bland. I made sure to buy the sharp provolone. I think with some tweaks this recipe can be 5 stars, but as written, it's just missing something. If I make it again, I will add a spice to the cheese sauce as other suggested, and def. use more squash and bacon (more bacon would be more fat though). It's worth trying though, just needs a little extra kick.

gumby53214's Review

September 07, 2012
Fantastic - I made exactly as directed except I used extra sharp white cheddar cheese instead of the sharp provolone since I couldn't find it, and I only roasted the butternut squash for 20 minutes - that was perfect, any more would have been too much. This was DIVINE. Tasted absolutely decadent and creamy. Fabulous. Can't say enough good things, I cannot wait to eat this tomorrow. And, I am full off of quite a bit less than 1/5 of the dish.

migoldbe's Review

November 19, 2011
Sweet and salty = perfection! Very good although I go sick of it after a while and ended up throwing away some left overs, which I try not to do. But it was really good and I will be making it again.

swimmer32's Review

November 05, 2014
Love the squash, bacon and pasta combo. Really tasty combination of ingredients . Very good leftovers too.

crazy4sushi's Review

November 06, 2009
It only took 20 minutes for the squash to be soft. 45 minutes would turn the squash to mush. I also think that 450 is pretty high to bake the pasta at. I cooked it at 400 instead. After reading the reviews about it being bland, I chose to use a fontina cheese instead. I added garlic. But it was still pretty bland. Some sage would make a nice addition. I used Fat Free milk without any problems. I also tossed everything together instead of topping with the squash mixture. It would be good to use a some bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese mixture as the topping.

leaavon's Review

October 09, 2013
Really excellent...only comment is that Butternut squash got a little mushy. Not sure how to fix that!

MJenn78's Review

September 13, 2009
This is one of my very favorite recipes of all times. It is so flavorful! The sweet butternut squash, smoky bacon, and creamy pasta are amazing!!!

mis4margie's Review

October 24, 2010
I was skeptical of rave reviews, but this was a hit w/ whole family. Squash pasta recipes are sometimes too sweet, but the salty smoky counterpoints from the bacon were great. I used Nueskes bacon, b/c we love the smoky intensity. Also used some parm in the sauce.