November 19, 2015

Butternut Carbonara

Squash is not a popular item on our table, unless it comes from the grill… So this time, I neglected to inform my taste-testers of this month’s Improv Cooking Challenge ingredients. I just knew that if I tossed in some bacon, chances of the dish being devoured would go way up!EJ-squasage6

For this recipe you will need:

    • butternut squash
    • drizzle of olive oil
    • 4 oz. salted butter
    • 12 fresh sage leaves (small to medium)
    • 3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
    • 2 oz. bacon crumbles
    • Parmesan cheese (freshly shred about 2 oz.)

I went to Sprouts and bought the largest butternut squash I could find -- which proved to be slightly problematic for my little Veggetti. Cut off the bulbous portion, seed it & roast separately for some other use. Cut off the stem end and peel the rest of the squash.  Use a spiralizing tool to make “noodles”.  Place the butternut noodles onto a silicone baking sheet in a pan and drizzle with a little olive oil.EJ-squasage1Bake at 400° for about 7 or 8 minutes. (We prefer most pastas al dente, so I didn’t want them too soft…)

While the squash is baking, brown the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.EJ-squasage3When it starts browning, add the sage leaves and minced garlic. It takes only a minute or so for them to cook.EJ-squasage4Gently toss in the butternut noodles from the oven.EJ-squasage2Add the bacon.EJ-squasage5After plating the finished noodles, sprinkle with a generous amount of Parmesan.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much the fellas enjoyed dinner! They had seconds and asked for more, but the skillet was empty…EJ-squasage6


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  1. This looks so yummy. Most of my fellas don't go for squash either. I really liked your bacon trick though. I think it just might work with my guys; especially the one who is the official "Bacon King" at Casa Solîs.

    1. This tasted like NO butternut I've ever had before! If they don't see you with the squash, they'll think you slaved over pasta... ;)
      I don't think your hands would do well with the Veggetti, though -- I'd recommend one of the larger ones that use a crank to spiralize veggies...

  2. What a great idea! I see recipes for zoodles (zucchini noodles) everywhere, but boodles are a great seasonal choice :) Now I might need to give in and buy a spiralizer!

  3. I'm just practically drooling over here. That looks SO good! And I'm really hoping Santa brings me a spiralizer!

  4. Wow, I have never seen butternut squash noodles. How genius! I bought a spiralizer thingy but have only used it on zucchini so far. Thanks for such a creative recipe, Melody!


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