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Bowl of crispy topped butternut squash pasta bake

Butternut Squash Pasta Bake

JPLongland
Our go to dish when we fancy the creaminess of a Mac + Cheese without the calories. A fab way to get the kids to eat hidden vegetables.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Pasta
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 2 onions
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 red chilli
  • 250 ml vegetable stock
  • ½ tbsp dried sage
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 500 g macaroni
  • 30 g breadcrumbs optional

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat oven to 200 Celcius. Carefully slice your butternut squash in half lengthways. Scoop out the seeds and fibrous flesh, using a sharp knife slice criss-cross along the squash, brush with oil and season with salt + pepper. Bake in the oven, skin side up, for  one hour
  • Meanwhile, get a pan of water on the boil for the macaroni.
  • Slice the onions, crush the garlic, and slice the chilli. Add to a saute pan, with a glug of oil, over medium-low heat. Cook until everything is super mushy and translucent. It'll take about  15 minutes.
  • Add macaroni to the pan, and cook to al dente.
  • Drain the pasta, and set aside the onion mix until the squash is ready.
  • Once the squash is super tender, carefully scoop out the flesh into a blender. Add the cooked onion mixture and vegetable stock. Blend until smooth.
  • Tip the sauce back into saute pan and add nutmeg, oregano and sage. Stir in the macaroni until smothered in sauce. Tip contents into an ovenproof dish, scatter breadcrumbs over the top and bake for  20 minutes.
  • Scatter basil leaves over the top if you so wish. Place the dish on the dining table and let everyone dig in.

Notes

Cooking the Squash: If you want to speed this dish up you can peel and dice your squash into smaller piece and roast or boil that way. 
Keyword Family Favourites, vegan
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