This tastes so completely, wonderfully, amazingly good! After we'd polished off the Thanksgiving leftovers and every last shred of turkey was gone, I still had a bit of butternut squash left in the veggie crisper. I'd already maple glazed it and served it up in a delicious salad so I needed another idea.
1 lb. Butternut squash, peeled and chopped
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 lb. Penne pasta
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1 Shallot, peeled and chopped
1 Tablespoon all purpose flour
1 Cup milk
1/4 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
Small handful of fresh basil, chopped
3 Slices thick cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until tender and drain.
While the pasta is cooking, add the butter to a large saucepan along with the shallots. Cook on low heat for a few minutes until the shallots are translucent. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 - 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk and the mashed squash until thoroughly combined. Add the basil, half the mozzarella cheese and half the Parmesan cheese. Add the pasta and combine thoroughly.
Pour the mixture into a baking dish and top with the remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the top is lightly browned. Top with the crumbled bacon and serve hot. Makes four servings.