Barilla® Penne with Butternut Squash, Bacon & Balsamic Vinegar

The squash and bacon sauce is a perfect match for Penne. An inviting first course ideal for the fall.

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Ingredients

Ingredients for 8 people

  • 1 box Barilla® Penne
  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • ½ cup bacon (or pancetta)
  • ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 clove garlic
  • A few drops of aged traditional balsamic vinegar
  • 1 leek
  • Extra virgin olive oil to taste

Instructions

  1. 1
    Peel the squash and remove seeds. Cut half into 1/2-inch cubes. Cut bacon into thin strips. Chop rosemary, garlic and parsley separately. Heat oil in a pan and fry bacon until crunchy to remove all excess fat.
  2. 2
    Stir in rosemary, garlic, parsley and squash. When the vegetables are cooked, purée in a blender until creamy.
  3. 3
    Cook pasta according to package directions.
  4. 4
    Drain and toss with the prepared sauce.
  5. 5
    Sprinkle with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and serve garnished with bacon and parsley.
  6. 6
    Sprinkle with a few drops of balsamic vinegar on top.

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