Fast, simple and fresh is the name of the game with this delicious and filling pasta dish. Any recipe that I can make in under 30 minutes and packs a flavor punch is a winner with me! The salty bacon, sweet butternut squash and spicy arugula combine against a background of perfectly cooked linguine. Not having a heavy cream sauce or tomato sauce keeps this dish light and reduces the calories. Using a small amount of bacon adds all the flavor you will need for the pasta!
To get this done in 30 minutes make sure you buy butternut squash that is already diced. You can find it in the produce section of your grocery store by the fresh herbs. This will save you so much time and make this dish a snap!
One final cooking tip with your pasta, make sure you use a large pot of salted boiling water. Don’t break your pasta in half to fit it in a small pot as this makes for awkward pieces to fit on a fork. Just drop that pasta in and it will cook down into the water!
Roasted Butternut Squash, Bacon and Arugula Linguine
Makes 4 servings
- 2 cups arugula
- 2 tablespoons shallot, diced
- 2 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed
- 3 slices bacon, cut into bite sized pieces
- 1 lb linguine
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 8 sage leaves, chopped
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place cubed squash on a baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes until just tender.
While the squash is cooking, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and add linguine. Cook pasta for 9-10 minutes and drain. Place in a large serving bowl.
In a large skillet, cook bacon until almost crispy. Remove half the fat from the pan and add the shallots. Cook until shallots are tender. To the skillet add sage, arugula and roasted squash. Stir and cook over very low heat just until arugula starts to wilt and pour squash mixture over the serving bowl of linguine. Toss to combine and finish with Parmesan cheese if desired. Divide among plates and serve.