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Winter Squash and Bacon Penne Pasta

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Healthy Winter Recipe for anybody to enjoy. This is a quick and easy recipe for winter Squash and Bacon Penne Pasta. Winter squash offers an excellent source of vitamins B6, B1 and C, folic acid, pantothenic acid, fiber, niacin and potassium.

Ingredients

  • • 2 lbs butternut squash – peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • • 1 red bell pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded, cut into
  • • 5 garlic cloves strips (optional)
  • • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • • 3/4 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
  • • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • • 12 0z Penne Pasta
  • • 2 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • • 5 oz slab bacon, diced
  • • 1/3 cup olives, chopped
  • • deep-fried sage leaves, to garnish
  • • freshly grated Parmesan cheese, to serve

Method


<ol> <li> Toss the butternut squash and garlic cloves in 3 tablespoons olive oil, add the chili flakes, and season with salt and pepper.</li> <li> Tip into a 9″ round casserole and bake in your Flavorwave oven at 400o°F , for 45 minutes until the squash is soft and golden.</li> <li> Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large pot of lightly salted boiling water for 10- 12 minutes, or according to package directions. Drain well.</li> <li> While the pasta is cooking, heat the remaining olive oil in a skillet and fry the pine nuts over a low heat until they are golden brown. (Careful, they burn easily). Drain on paper towels. Add the bacon and fry gently until it is golden and crispy. Add the olives and bell pepper, if using, and warm through for 2 – 3 minutes.</li> <li> When the squash is cooked, toss it with the pine nuts, bacon, olives, and roasted bell pepper, if using, and stir in the creme fra1che or sour cream. Serve immediately with the pasta sprinkled with deep-fried sage leaves and a bowl of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.</li> </ol> <p>Servings: 4 Yield: Serves 4 for main dish, 8 for appetizer dish Degree of Difficulty: Easy Oven Temperature: 400°F Cooking Times Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 1 hour Nutrition Facts Serving size: 114 of a recipe (15 .7 ounces).</p> <p>Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet. Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.</p> <p>Website: http://www.thaneproducts.com/article/healthy-winter-recipe-squash-and-bacon-penne-pasta</p>

Recipe is courtesy of: http://www.thaneproducts.com/article/healthy-winter-recipe-squash-and-bacon-penne-pasta

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