Roasted Butternut Squash and Whole Wheat Penne

From last month’s issue of Cuisine at Home, here is a tasty and full-of-Fall-flavor main dish. You can substitute turkey bacon for regular if you wish. The recipe yields 4 servings.

Ingredients:

1 lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1⁄2 inch cubes (about 2 cups)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and fresh ground pepper 8 oz thick-sliced bacon, diced
8 oz. dry whole wheat penne pasta
2 teaspoons minced garlic
½ cups grated Parmesan
2 Tablespoons thinly sliced fresh sage
Balsamic vinegar

Procedure:

Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss squash with oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Transfer to a baking sheet and roast until tender and beginning to caramelize, about 15 minutes (stir squash halfway through roasting); set aside.

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain pasta, reserving ½-1 cup pasta water; set aside.

Cook bacon in a sauté pan over medium heat until crisp, about 15 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel lined plate; discard drippings. Add garlic to pan, cook 1 minute.

Add roasted squash, pasta and bacon to garlic, tossing to combine and heat through. Add pasta water, ¼ cup at a time, until it loosely coats pasta.

Off heat, toss pasta with Parmesan and sage. Garnish each serving with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

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