Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta

Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta - Is there anything more cozy in the middle of Fall? And this alfredo sauce is made completely FROM SCRATCH in less than 30!

Dovetailing Tip: Use a portion of the bacon you cooked while making the Ultimate grilled cheese for this recipe.

Use the leftover chicken from day 2 in todays pasta recipe.

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12 ounces cavatappi pasta
3 slices bacon, diced
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup whole milk
1 1/2 cup butternut squash puree
1 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
1 1/2 teaspoon dijon
3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan
1/4 cup heavy cream
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups leftover diced rotisserie chicken


In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes; drain excess fat. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
Melt butter in the skillet. Add garlic, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk. Cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1-2 minutes.
Stir in butternut squash, sage and Dijon. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in Parmesan and heavy cream until incorporated; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Stir in pasta and chicken, and gently toss to combine.
Serve immediately, garnished with bacon and sage, if desired.
Source: damndelicious.net

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