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Butternut and Chard Pasta Bake

This recipe is made for butternut squash lovers, with pureed squash in the sauce and squash pieces in the casserole alongside an ideal companion, Swiss chard. This is a very veggie hybrid of ever-popular holiday sides. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    9 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups uncooked bow tie pasta
  • 2 cups fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups frozen cubed butternut squash, thawed and divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped shallots
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped Swiss chard, stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente; drain. Meanwhile, place the ricotta, eggs, 1-1/2 cups squash, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt and nutmeg in a food processor; process until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Stir in pasta, shallots, Swiss chard and remaining squash. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish.
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add bread crumbs; cook and stir until golden brown, 2-3 minutes. Stir in parsley, garlic powder and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle over pasta mixture.
  • Bake, uncovered, until set and topping is golden brown, 30-35 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 223 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 209mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein.

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