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Butternut Squash Penne on white table in a white oval dish.
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Butternut Squash & Bacon Pasta

Butternut Squash & Bacon Pasta is the ultimate Fall comfort meal. Each creamy bite is loaded with sweet & savory flavor that is hard to resist.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butternut bacon pasta, butternut pasta, Butternut Squash pasta, Butternut Squash penne
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 438cal
Cost: $8


  • 6 quart stock pot
  • large, deep-walled skillet


  • 1 1/2 lbs butternut squash peeled, cored, cubed
  • 2 tbsps. extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp. McCormick Gourmet™ Organic Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. McCormick Gourmet™ Organic Cayenne Red Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. McCormick Gourmet™ Organic Thyme Leaves divided
  • 1/2 tsp. McCormick Gourmet™ Organic Ground Saigon Cinnamon
  • 12 ounces penne pasta
  • 6 ounces bacon cubed
  • 1 large white onion diced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsps. Parmesan cheese shaved


  • Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
  • Add cubed squashed to a large glass bowl and mix with olive oil and spices.
  • Add parchment paper to a large rimmed baking sheet and bake squash for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until tender.
  • Boil pasta until al dente.
  • In a large skillet, add chopped bacon and cook for 5 minutes over high heat stirring frequently.
  • Add in onion and cook over medium high heat until onions and bacon are golden brown-about 8-10 minutes.
  • Once bacon is crisp and onions are golden brown, add cream and stock. Cook for 8 minutes bringing liquid to a boil. Then, lower heat and cook for another 10 minutes until sauce thickens.
  • Add grated cheese directly to the sauce mixture and stir. Remove from heat.
  • Drain liquid from pasta. and return pasta to the stockpot.
  • Add the cooked squash to the pasta pan and stir.
  • Add sauce to the pasta and stir to combine. Cook over low heat for 2 minutes to combine.


Nutritional values may vary and are meant to be a guide.
Store all leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate. 
Leftovers last for up to 3 days and can be warmed in the microwave or on the stove. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 438cal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 229mg | Potassium: 355mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 7719IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1mg