Butternut Squash Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Bacon
(Recipe from The Wannabe Foodie)
1 container DePasquales fresh pasta (or 1 box gemelli)
1 cup butternut squash puree
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons fat free half and half
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 heaping tablespoon 1/3 fat cream cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup onions, sliced thinly
1 clove garlic, sliced thinly or grated
1 large crispy apple, grated
4 tablespoons crumbled bacon
1 teaspoon dried sage
Heat butter in a skillet over low heat.
When melted, add onions and let caramelize add garlic about half way through caramelization process…but make sure it doesn’t burn!
Keep heat on low/low-medium.
Cook the pasta according to directions. Drain and return to pan over low heat.
Add onions and apples to the pasta.
After the onions & garlic and apples have been tossed lightly, add the butternut squash, chicken broth, half and half, and cream cheese.
When combined, add in salt and dried sage.
Just before serving, mix in cheese and stir until melted.
Top each serving with 1 tablespoon bacon and a sprinkling of fresh chives.