Butternut Squash, Bacon & Blue Cheese Macaroni Recipe

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Dana December 15, 2020
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This delicious cheese macaroni dish made with butternut squash, bacon, and blue cheese is easy to make in just 20 minutes!

Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 12ozevaporated milk,2%
  • 2cupsbutternut squash puree
  • 2large eggs
  • 1tsp.salt
  • ½tspblack pepper,ground
  • tspcayenne
  • 1lbpasta,dry, such as farfalle or bowtie pasta
  • 10bacon,strips, diced
  • ½cupyellow onion,or white, finely diced
  • 3garlic cloves,minced
  • 12ozcheddar cheese,sharp, shredded
  • 4ozblue cheese,crumbled, plus an additional 4 oz for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the evaporated milk, butternut squash puree, eggs, salt, pepper, and cayenne until combined.

  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the pasta until al dente. Drain the pasta, and then return the pasta back to the pot.

  3. While the pasta is cooking, cook the bacon in a large skillet over high heat until cooked and crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, and reserve the bacon grease.

  4. Return 2 tablespoons of bacon to the skillet, and reduce heat to medium-high. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes or until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for an additional 1 minute.

  5. Remove from heat, and then whisk the onion and garlic mixture into the evaporated milk mixture.

  6. Once the pasta is cooked and drained, pour the evaporated milk mixture into the pot with the pasta and stir until combined. Continue cooking over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until the sauce comes to a simmer and thickens.

  7. Remove pan from heat and stir in the cheeses until melted and evenly-distributed.

  8. Serve immediately, garnished with the crispy bacon and extra blue cheese crumbles.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 908.04kcal
  • Fat: 50.89g
  • Saturated Fat: 24.29g
  • Trans Fat: 0.74g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 16.75g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 5.00g
  • Carbohydrates: 71.45g
  • Fiber: 3.68g
  • Sugar: 10.12g
  • Protein: 40.33g
  • Cholesterol: 182.35mg
  • Sodium: 992.72mg
  • Calcium: 687.43mg
  • Potassium: 744.27mg
  • Iron: 2.14mg
  • Vitamin A: 504.49µg
  • Vitamin C: 12.36mg
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