Smokey Bacon, Squash and Sage Pasta

Dinner

This luxurious pasta dish gets its velvety texture from mascarpone cheese, which melts into the skillet for an instant sauce.

  • Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes

6 servings

Rating: 0 Stars

Ingredients

2 tbsp30 mLGAY LEA - Spreadables Regular
3 cups750 mLButternut Squash, 1-inch cubes
4 4 Bacon, thick slices
1 1 Onion, chopped
1/2 tsp2 mLSalt And Freshly Ground Pepper
3 3 Garlic Cloves, thinlysliced
2 tbsp30 mLFresh Sage
1 cup250 mLChicken Broth
1/2 cup125 mLWhite Wine
1 cup250 mLSalerno Mascarpone
12 oz375 gPenne Pasta
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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C). Melt 1 tbsp (15 mL) Spreadables butter and toss with butternut squash. Spread out on a baking sheet; roast for 20 minutes or until browned and just fork tender. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead.)
  2. Meanwhile, brown bacon in a large, nonstick skillet set over medium heat until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel lined plate. Drain off all but 1 tbsp (15 mL) of the oil.
  3. Add remaining butter to pan. Add onion, garlic, sage, salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally until onion is tender. Stir in roasted squash, broth and wine. Simmer, uncovered for 8 to 10 minutes or until liquids are reduced slightly and squash is tender. Stir mascarpone cheese into skillet along with bacon until sauce is smooth.
  4. Meanwhile, boil pasta according to package timing in a large pot of salted water. Drain well, reserving up 1/2 cup (125 mL) cooking liquid. Toss pasta with sauce, adding pasta water to moisten as needed. Serve immediately with Parmesan cheese (if using).

Tips

  • Add an elegant garnish with crispy sage leaves; melt 1 tbsp (15 mL) Gay Lea Spreadables Butter in a small skillet. Add a single layer of whole sage leaves. Cook until edges start to curl and leaves are lightly browned. Pat dry on paper towels. Scatter or crumble over each serving.
  • This pasta reheats beautifully in a skillet, just moisten with extra chicken broth and toss until heated through.
  • Line your baking sheet with parchment or foil before roasting squash for easier cleanup.
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Ingredients

2 tbsp30 mLGAY LEA - Spreadables Regular
3 cups750 mLButternut Squash, 1-inch cubes
4 4 Bacon, thick slices
1 1 Onion, chopped
1/2 tsp2 mLSalt And Freshly Ground Pepper
3 3 Garlic Cloves, thinlysliced
2 tbsp30 mLFresh Sage
1 cup250 mLChicken Broth
1/2 cup125 mLWhite Wine
1 cup250 mLSalerno Mascarpone
12 oz375 gPenne Pasta
Add to Shopping List

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