Butternut Squash & Asparagus Bake

Butternut Squash & Asparagus Bake

Butternut Squash & Asparagus Bake

Lately, I have been dying to make a dish with butternut squash in it!  I underestimated the yumminess of this veggie last winter, having baked a lot of spaghetti squash, but this winter shall be the one for butternut.  My friend Lindsey’s husband is serving with a couple of other folks from our church in Togo, Africa for a 10-day missions trip.  She’s husbandless for 10 whole day – count them – 10!  She has two little kiddos and so to help her maintain her sanity I divided this recipe in 2 and took one dish over to her and kept the other for us:)

Serves 8

2 c diced butternut squash

2 c uncooked whole grain elbow macaroni pasta

3 Tbs butter

1/2 of diced onion

2 cloves minced garlic

3 Tbs flour

1/2 tsp salt

2 c 2% milk

1c shredded Italian mix cheese

1/2 c grated parmesan

2 c chopped asparagus

2 Tbs olive oil

Topping:

1/4 c plain breadcrumbs

1/2 Tbs sage

1/2 Tbs oregano

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cracked pepper

Preheat oven to 425.  Cut squash length wise and remove seeds.

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Place on aluminum foil lined baking sheet and roast for 1 hour.  Chop asparagus and set aside.

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Remove butternut squash from oven.  Slice butternut squash as shown below and then scoop out of skin so you are left with cubes (like slicing and scooping an avocado).

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Set aside squash.  Bring water to a boil in medium sized pot and cook pasta.  Place measuring cup in sink and drain pasta, being sure to catch 1/4 c of pasta water.  Place pot over medium heat.  Cook butter, garlic and onion until onion translucent. Add in flour to create a roux.

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Stir in milk and cook on medium high until milk is slightly bubbling, stir in cheese and 1 tsp salt.  Stir in butternut squash, asparagus and pasta and 1/4 c pasta water.

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Grease 3 qt. baking dish (I used 2 8×8 dishes b/c I was bringing to friend) and pour pasta into dish.  Mix up breadcrumbs, oregano, sage, salt and pepper.  Sprinkle over top of pasta.

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Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and place oven on broil high and bake for and additional 4 minutes until breadcrumbs are browned.

Comments

  1. says

    I just found this recipe today, and I made this for dinner using all vegan ingredients. It was delicious! I will definitely make it again. I think I might add some mushrooms, and a little nutritional yeast to bring out the cheese flavor more next time. Thanks for sharing an awesome recipe. Its a keeper!

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