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Bacon and Butternut Pasta, Cooking Light, January 2012.
Printable version here
5 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash*
- 1. Preheat oven to 400°.
- 2. Combine squash and oil in a large bowl; toss well. Arrange squash mixture in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until squash is tender.
- 3. Cook pasta 7 minutes or until almost al dente, omitting salt and fat. Add kale to pan during last 2 minutes of cooking. Drain pasta mixture.
- 4. Cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Add onion to drippings in pan; cook 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
- 5. Bring 1 3/4 cups broth to a boil in a small saucepan. Combine remaining 1/4 cup broth and flour in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add flour mixture, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to broth. Cook 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat; stir in crème fraîche.
- 6. Combine squash, pasta mixture, bacon, onion mixture, and sauce in a large bowl; toss gently. Place pasta mixture in a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray; sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until bubbly and slightly browned.
p.s. Another slow cooker revolution: caramelized onions. I put some on a pizza with truffle oil, a lil cheese and some CSA spinach. Winner winner vegetarian dinner.
8 onions, halved and sliced
3 T unsalted butter, melted
salt n pepa
3 T brown sugar
1. Microwave onion with 1 T butter and 2 teaspoons salt in bowl, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 15 minutes. Drain onions, discarding liquid, transfer to slow cooker.
2. Stir sugar, remaining butter and 1/2 teaspoon pepper into slow cooker. Cover and cook until onions are deep golden brown, 8 to 10 hours on high. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Store in fridge for up to one week.
***BEWARE*** Step 2 creates delicious caramelized onions... Step 1 creates ONION TEAR GAS. So bear this in mind during prep or if you ever need to whip up a riot control agent in your kitchen.