Wow, this recipe came as a total accident. So much so… I only have pictures from the last half of the process. This was the product of a “what do I have on hand/ how can I use some CSA veggies and what can I make under 500 calories” situation. I pretty much scoured my pantry and came up with this. It was soo yummy and pretty easy. Halfway through I tasted the sauce and thought, crap maybe this *should* go on the blog! If you like butternut squash I think you will like it.
You will need:
2 cups cubed butternut squash
2 cups chicken stock
1 jar lite Alfredo sauce
1 cup water
Fresh cracked black pepper
8 oz sliced button mushrooms
4 cups Swiss shard, stems removed, torn into pieces
1/2 lb of large whole wheat pasta
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup finely shredded reduced fat cheddar (I used Cabot)
Olive oil cooking spray
In a stock pot add the squash and stock and bring to a simmer for about 20 minutes or until squash is soft enough to mash. Add alfredo, put 1 cup of water in the jar, shake and add to the pot. Stir to mix. Use an immersion blender to purée the mixture into a smooth sauce. Or you could blend it in batches in a blender. Once blended add the mushrooms and then the chard.
I looove chard! If you don’t then spinach would work fine too.
Preheat the oven to 350. Let the sauce simmer on low while you cook pasta. I used whole wheat chiocciole for the pasta, it is a big curly tube pasta- it worked very well for this dish. Cook just under al dente since it will finish in the oven.
Add the pasta to the sauce and stir to combine.
Add pasta to a large casserole dish strayed with cooking spray. Spread crumbs evenly over top and then evenly spread cheese over the crumbs. Lightly spray the top cooking spray.
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, until top is getting to be brown and cheese melts.
Serve hot with a little cracked pepper on top.
I had a hard time not eating this whole pan. Thankfully it makes a lot and there are only 4 servings. 1 serving is just under 450 calories. I am already looking forward to leftovers tomorrow!