Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Pasta for my Hokie 5k

We traveled to Roanoke, Virginia this past weekend. Nick’s cousins were running the Hokie Half Marathon and we thought it would be a fun visit if I signed up for the 5k and ran that morning too!

It was gorgeous weather and I was really excited to bring Austin to his first race.

Nick and Austin waited at the finish line and cheered for me. It was the cutest thing ever.My time was better than I thought it would be. I’m not a fast runner and my average 5k before Austin was usually around 32 mins, so 38 mins isn’t terrible. I plan to sign up for a 10k at the end of this month as well to keep up the momentum.

I gained 45lbs when I was pregnant with Austin. At 3.5 months postpartum I have about 15 lbs to lose still.

We totally carbo loaded the night before. Nick’s Aunt Jennifer made this “Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Pasta”.

Roasted Butternut Squash. Bacon. Pasta. Yum.

There is something about all of those words together that sounds like heaven. Maybe it’s the word “butter” paired with “bacon”.

Jennifer made a vegetarian version as well. She used mushrooms instead of bacon and was still amazing!

Austin got a jumper while we were visiting. His cousin Avery is about 8 months older than him so we get to take advantage of some of their “keep this until we need it again” toys.

I think he likes it… what do you think?

I love that smile.

Look at those baby blues.

Avery’s parents Christie and Sam have a awesome blog called Brewyourownium (so cool) and we got to try some of the very last bottles of their award winning stout and saison.

I have been drinking more beer lately (the alcohol content is less than wine which I like since I am still nursing). I have to admit I really like cider though. Which isn’t really beer is it?

Running races, eating bacon pasta, playing with babies and drinking good beer.  I could get used to this.

Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Pasta
(From Cooking Light)
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash
Cooking spray
6 sweet hickory-smoked bacon slices (raw)
1 cup thinly sliced shallots
8 ounces uncooked mini penne (tube-shaped pasta)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded sharp provolone cheese
1/3 cup (1 1/2 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 425°.

2. Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, rosemary, and pepper. Place squash on a foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with salt mixture. Bake at 425° for 45 minutes or until tender and lightly browned.
Increase oven temperature to 450°.

3. Cook the bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 1/2 teaspoons drippings in pan; crumble bacon. Increase heat to medium-high. Add shallots to pan; sauté 8 minutes or until tender. Combine squash mixture, bacon, and shallots; set aside.

4. Cook pasta according to the package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain well.

5. Combine flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly with a whisk; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until slightly thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add provolone, stirring until cheese melts. Add pasta to cheese mixture, tossing well to combine. Spoon pasta mixture into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray; top with squash mixture. Sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown.

***Notes from Aunt Jennifer***: Important to use SHARP provolone. It will be bland if you use regular provolone. Not necessary to cook the shallots in the bacon grease. If you cook your bacon in the microwave like we do, you can saute your shallots with a little bit of olive oil.

4 Responses to “Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Pasta for my Hokie 5k”

  1. Made in Sonoma posted on September 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm (#)

    Congrats on your first post baby 5k! I’m training for my first ever 10k and I’m excited!

    That pasta looks delicious!

    Their home brews look good!

  2. posted on September 17, 2013 at 5:25 pm (#)

    Glad you enjoyed the beers, Michelle! I think the delicious, delicious carb-loading definitely helped power all of us through race day. For a bunch of new mamas and first-time racers, we all put up some pretty amazing times!

  3. Liz Badley posted on September 19, 2013 at 8:40 pm (#)

    Congrats on your 5k! BTW, you look amazing post baby! I only hope I look as good, and make mother hood look as easy, as you do! 🙂

  4. iecwgjc posted on February 19, 2019 at 8:04 pm (#)

    Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Pasta for my Hokie 5k +ALs- That’s so Michelle
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