If I add cheese to pretty much anything, it’s a winner with my kids! Pasta bakes are so easy to prepare and can be make in advance to cook later, perfect for busy families. This winter-warmer can be adapted for gluten and dairy intolerances as well as being a vegetarian dish. This recipe serves a family of five, usually with leftovers!!

Buzymum - Butternut squash pasta bake

Ingredients:

  • Glug olive oil
  • Small butternut squash, de-seeded and chopped into 2cm chunks (no need to peel)
  • 1 small white onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp mixed herbs
  • 2 mugs dry fusilli pasta (gluten free if needed), we like whole grain
  • 1 tbsp corn flour- naturally gluten free (can use plain flour)
  • Large knob butter or dairy free alternative
  • 1 mug frozen peas
  • Approx 10 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 50g cheddar or dairy free hard cheese, grated
  • Pint of milk (or veg/ chicken stock for dairy free), warm
  • 25g parmesan cheese, grated (optional)
  • 2 slices of stale bread, toasted and crumbled into bread crumbs

Method:

  • Top tip: Use a melon baller to de-seed the butternut squash
  • Chuck the onion and squash into a baking tray, coat with olive oil and sprinkle with the herbs
  • Bake at 180C for around 40 mins until tender

Buzymum - Squash and onion roasted with olive oil and herbs

  • Cook the pasta according to the instructions, less one minute- it will finish cooking in the bake
  • Drain the pasta and place in an oven proof dish
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the flour, stirring continuously
  • Gradually add the milk or stock, continuing to stir
  • It will go lumpy, don’t panic, just keep stirring!!- You are going to whiz it later anyway!
  • Once all liquid is added, bring to a boil for 2 minutes while continuing to stir
  • Take off the heat and add all roasted onion and half the squash
  • Whiz the sauce with a hand blender until smooth

Buzymum - Blending the onion and squash into the sauce

  • Add the grated cheese and leave to melt
  • Add the remaining squash to the pasta, along with the frozen peas and tomatoes
  • Stir the cheese into the sauce and then stir half of the sauce into the pasta

Buzymum - Sauce added to the pasta and veg ⇒ Buzymum - Squash pasta bake ready for the oven

  • Pour the remaining sauce over the top and top that with the bread crumbs
  • Bake at 180C for 20 minutes in the middle of the oven

Buzymum - Portion or butternut squash pasta bake

Enjoy!!

Previous recipes: One Pot Mild Thai Green CurryChicken, Tomato & Borlotti Bean Stew with Chicken Crisps, Quick Tuna & Olive Spaghetti, Easy Chicken & Bacon Risotto, Spaghetti & Mozzarella Meatballs, Gluten & Dairy Free Mini Fish Pies, Toad in the Hole with a Twist, Pop Chicken Nuggets, Chicken ‘Kinda’ Kiev  Crunchy Salmon Fishcakes, The Best BologneseQuick Spinach and Watercress Soup, Chicken & Spinach Pasta Bake, Easy Bacon and Monkfish Risotto, Hake in a Cheesy SauceRoasted Vegetable Pasta SauceChinese SalmonChorizo and veg pasta & Homemade fish (or chicken) fingers.

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8 thoughts on “Butternut Squash Pasta Bake

  • 3rd November 2016 at 12:39 am
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    I love squash but I haven’t tried butternut like this. I must do that! Thanks for sharing.

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  • 6th November 2016 at 8:07 pm
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    This sounds quite easy to make and my kids would like the sweetness. What a good idea to use a melon baller. #kcacols

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  • 6th November 2016 at 9:25 pm
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    I”m always looking for ways to get my fussy toddler to eat more veg (by hiding it with pasta!) and this idea is brilliant. Thanks for the inspiration #KCACOLS

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  • 6th November 2016 at 10:31 pm
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    I think the best thing about this is not having to peel the butternut squash, I’ve always just automatically peeled it! #KCACOLS

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  • 7th November 2016 at 9:07 pm
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    Pasta bake is always a big hit with my two but this is a new one to me. Sounds delicious and gets a veg into them completely hidden, always a bonus. I’m pinning this one for later x
    #KCACOLS

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  • 8th November 2016 at 8:53 pm
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    This looks delicious. I always struggle with pasta dishes as I don’t eat it only my daughter so it’s awkward to make in smaller quantities
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

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  • 10th November 2016 at 9:59 pm
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    Looks lovely! Simple and a good way to get vegetables into the kids, this looks like something I could knock up easily when baby number two arrives. Thank you for sharing! x #KCACOLS

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  • 17th November 2016 at 7:04 pm
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    This is a great hearty recipe just like I like. Also I knew it would be good when it started with a ‘glug’ of olive oil, straight to the point:)

    Mainy x

    #KCACOLS

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