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Pasta is one of my favorite foods to serve during the fall because it’s so warm and comforting. This season I’m all about the combination of sage, butternut squash, and parmesan cheese. Anytime I eat this pasta with sage cream sauce and butternut squash, I feel like I’m biting right into fall.
As you know, I love all things fall, especially butternut squash. Even though I can find butternut squash year round, it always makes me think of fall. It’s the perfect fall vegetable, isn’t it? So creamy and full of flavor.
I recently had an in depth discussion with my sister about the merits of roasting vegetables. It leaves vegetables with a sweet caramelized flavor. While butternut squash is sweet on it’s own, roasting it steps the flavor up to a whole new level. I actually feel sad for people who have only ever experienced steamed or mashed butternut squash. They have no idea what they are missing!
The combination of the roasted squash, bacon, sage cream sauce and parmesan cheese is perfect on top of angel hair pasta. It’s just light enough to balance out the chunkiness of the butternut squash.
Not only do the flavors of this dish pair well together, but they pair perfectly with Cabernet Sauvignon. I most recently paired the dish with a Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon. I love Clos du Bois because it’s a great wine at a reasonable price, which is something I’m always thinking about this time of the year when we tend to entertain a crowd.
It’s important to me to have good wine and ingredients on hand for entertaining. Just last week I was grateful to have an extra bottle of Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon in the house when an unexpected house guest dropped by for happy hour. I’ve also stocked up on Barilla Angel Hair Pasta because it’s a great cost effective ingredient to have around for entertaining a crowd. It’s a brand I trust because it’s simple and wholesome.
I love that both of these brands are easy to find at the store too. I never have to search for these favorite!
I love how easy it is to throw together a big batch of pasta like this. I was able to roast the butternut squash and bacon while the sauce simmered and the pasta cooked.
You know how much I love a quick and easy meal that tastes like it took hours to prepare. This is definitely one of those dishes. It’s sweet and savory with the right amount of creaminess.
You really can’t go wrong with this perfect taste of fall!
- 1/2 pound of Barilla Angel Hair Pasta
- 2 C. butternut squash
- 2 slices of bacon, cut in bite size pieces
- 3 TBSP butter
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 3 TBSP fresh sage, chopped
- 2 tsp dried sage
- 1 1/2 C. whipping cream
- 1 C. shaved parmesan
- Roast butternut squash and bacon in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes, tossing once.
- While squash is roasting, make the sauce by melting butter over medium high heat in a small sauce pan. Add garlic and sage. Saute until fragrant.
- Add cream and cook on high for one minute, simmer for 4 or until thickened. Whisk to mix.
- Prepare pasta according to package.
- Drain and serve with sauce, butternut squash and bacon.
- Sprinkle cheese on top.