Butternut Squash Pasta

My version of butternut squash pasta rejects a blended sauce in favour of beautiful chunks of squash cooked in wine with rosemary, bacon and chili.

Butternut squash pasta with bacon and chili in a white bowl on a wooden backdrop taken from above

Butternut Squash Pasta.

Often squash or pumpkin pasta recipes take the form of a blended sauce, this recipe is a little different.

It features cubes of butternut squash cooked in bacon and chili… I know right! Bacon and chili! It also has a little white wine and some rosemary.

It creates a recipe that feels a little more substantial and filling.

The lack of blending the butternut squash also result in less washing up. This, according to my wife, is a very good thing.

Primarily because we have a ‘cook never washes up’ policy at home.

The flavours are really clean and whilst the recipe is not a 30-minute wonder it is incredibly simple to cook.

Butternut squash pasta with bacon and chili in a white bowl on a wooden backdrop

Butternut Squash Recipes.

Butternut squash represents a challenge to folk like me that primarily cook for two people.

I thrive on variation in my diet so always try to have a lot of recipes lined up when I am cooking with butternut squash.

I could of course cut and prepare the squash and freeze it up. But my ‘freezer management’ skills are not exactly at ninja level.

I much prefer to use a small squash and prepare and eat it in different ways.

So this week we have this butternut squash pasta, a new North African lamb kofta with roasted butternut squash.

I even managed to squeeze out a version of a Burmese Pumpkin Curry using butternut squash.

One simple and cheap ingredient striding across the globe!

Close up image Butternut squash pasta (rigatoni) with bacon and chili

What Pasta Goes Well With Butternut Squash?

As you can see from my pictures my choice of pasta for this pasta recipe is rigatoni.

It would work just as well with something like penne pasta too.

The sauce for this recipe is quite thin and not clingy so long thin pasta like Tagliatelle, Fettuccine or Spaghetti.

A good left field option would be to use pasta shells, Conchiglie.

In fact, this butternut squash mix would make a great base for the stuffing in this stuffed pasta shell recipe.

Essentially you are looking for something with crevices to allow the sauce, bacon and chili to hide.

Square image of butternut squash pasta with bacon and chili in a white bowl on a wooden backdrop

Cooking Tips…

As a word of caution, this recipe requires quite a lot more salt than you may think.

My initial thoughts were that with all of the bacon and parmesan cheese that this dish would need no more salt than the water that the pasta cooks in.

I was wrong, quite spectacularly wrong!

It is difficult to give an exact amount of salt as not all salt is made equal. But you should definitely season and taste as you go.

A taste of the sauce that the butternut squash is cooking in should steer you in the right direction.

Close up square image of butternut squash pasta with bacon and chili
Butternut Squash Pasta

Butternut Squash Pasta

Yield: 2 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
My version of butternut squash pasta rejects a blended sauce in favour of beautiful chunks of squash cooked in wine with rosemary, bacon and chili.

Ingredients

  • 200 g Rigatoni Pasta
  • 300 g Butternut Squash
  • 100 g Shallot
  • 1 Red Chili
  • 100 g Streaky Bacon
  • 20 g Parmesan Cheese
  • 200 ml White wine
  • 1 Tsp Dried Rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Salt

Instructions

  1. Peel and cut your butternut squash into 1cm cubes.
  2. Finely dice your chili and shallot.
  3. Slice your bacon into 5mm strips.
  4. Heat a heavy based pan over a high heat and when hot add the oil.
  5. Add the bacon and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium and throw in the shallots and chili and cook for another 2 minutes.
  7. Add the squash and the dried rosemary and season with salt, then cook for 5 minutes.
  8. Now pour in the wine and reduce the heat to a simmer and cook on for 30 minutes, this should mean that your squash is now tender and cooked.
  9. After your squash has been cooking for 20 minutes add the pasta to some rapidly boiling salted water and cook for 2 minutes less than the packet says.
  10. Add a lid to the squash for the final 10 minutes of cooking.
  11. Drain your pasta and add it to the squash and stir and cook for 60-90 seconds, adding a little pasta cooking liquid if required.
  12. Finally, stir in the parmesan cheese and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 1054 Total Fat: 46g Saturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 25g Cholesterol: 109mg Sodium: 2319mg Carbohydrates: 94g Fiber: 11g Sugar: 11g Protein: 50g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

Readers Comments

8 thoughts on “Butternut Squash Pasta”

  1. Oh my word Brian, this is really a restaurant style pasta, cooked to perfection and even al dente pasta just the way I like it! I happen to have all the ingredients, going to make your recipe for our lunch, I’m so hungry already!

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