Cheesy Butternut Squash Cavatappi
Better Homes & Gardens magazine, September 2013
I’ve made a few minor changes to the original recipe. This recipe can also be made gluten-free by using GF pasta and GF flour.
3 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash 8 oz. dried cavatappi or similar pasta 1 Tbsp. butter 8 oz. cremini or button mushrooms, sliced 3 green onions, thinly sliced 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 1 cup milk (or unsweetened almond milk) 6 oz. fontina cheese, shredded (1-1/2 cups) 2 slices uncured bacon, cooked & crumbled (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a 2-quart rectangular baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
In a medium microwave-safe bowl combine squash and 2 Tbsp. water; cover with vented plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 4 minutes; stir. Microwave, covered, about 4 minutes more or until squash is tender. Carefully remove plastic wrap. Mash squash; set aside.
Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In a medium saucepan heat butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms and green onions. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour over mushroom mixture. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Add milk, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; stir in squash. Add pasta. Gently fold to combine.
Transfer half of the pasta mixture to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the cheese. Add remaining pasta and cheese. Top with bacon, if desired. Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Top with additional green onions, If desired.