butternut squash carbonara recipe

butternut squash carbonara Recipe

20 Minutes
Serves: 2

A healthy butternut carbonara with crispy bacon, roasted butternut squash, roast peppers and sliced olives coated in a parmesan, pine nut and sage creme fraiche sauce. The carbonara is served with a sprinkle of parsley and crispy garlic bread. 

Recipe Ingreds

Pasta

  • 75 grams bacon (smoked)
  • 0.5 bell pepper (red)
  • 10 black olives
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 butternut squash
  • 0.5 tsp chilli flakes
  • 100 ml crème fraiche
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 10 grams parmesan or pecorino cheese
  • 10 grams pine nuts
  • salt (to taste)
  • 150 grams tagliatelle
  • 3 sprig fresh parsley

Bread

  • 1 garlic bread

Recipe with pictures Steps

Step 1

  • set the oven to 190C 375F or gas mark 5
  • peel and chop the butternut squash into cube
  • add the butternut squash cubes to the Baking tray and coat the cubes in oil
  • cook for 10 mins

Step 2

  • Add the chilli flakes to the baking tray
  • peel the garlic and cut into slivers
  • add to the baking tray
  • season with salt and pepper
  • cook till soft and golden brown
  • set a side to cool a little

Step 3

  • half fill a medium pan with water and boil
  • add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until tender but with a slight bite

Step 4

  • heat the frying pan
  • toast the pinenuts in the frying pan till golden brown
  • set a side

Step 5

  • put the garlic bread on the baking tray and place in the oven follow cooking instructions on packaging

Step 6

  • chop the bacon into pieces
  • add to the frying pan
  • cook till golden brown
  • wash and chop the red pepper into matchsticks
  • add to the frying pan
  • cook for 3 to 4 mins

Step 7

  • slice the olives
  • add to the frying pan
  • cook for a minute or two
  • add the butternut squash to the frying pan

Step 8

  • add the pinenuts to the frying pan
  • cook for a minute or two
  • add the creme fraiche to the frying pan
  • cook for a minute or two
  • grate the parmesan
  • add to the frying pan

Step 9

  • drain the pasta add to the butternut mixture
  • return to the heat and gently warm through
  • cook for 3 to 4 mins
  • wash and finely chop the fresh parsley

Step 10

  • place the pasta on a serving plate
  • Sprinkle with parsley

Step 11

  • remove garlic bread from the oven
  • serve the garlic bread with the pasta

Recipe Utensils

  • 2 baking tray
  • 1 chopping board
  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 grater
  • 1 large knife
  • 1 medium pan
  • 1 sieve

How to make butternut squash carbonara

Peel and cut the butternut into cubes and toss in a little oil with the garlic and chilli flakes, Roast in the oven until the butternut squash is crisp, caramelised and has taken on the delicious flavours from the garlic and chilli. Pop the tagliatelle into boiling water and cook till al dente. Cut the bacon into squares and cook till crisp and golden brown, add the sliced red peppers and cook till soft. Add the chopped olive, and the roasted butternut to the pan stir to combine the ingredients. Add the pine nuts, grated parmesan and crème fraiche to make the pasta sauce. Add the cooked pasta stir and the dish is complete, serve with garlic bread or crusty rolls and a sprinkle of parsley.

What makes our butternut squash pasta the best

The bacon and butternut squash are the perfect combination for a delicious pasta dish, the star of the dish is the chilli and garlic flavouring added to the butternut before roasting and the creamy creme fraiche gives an extra health kick to make the perfect pasta sauce.

Butternut Carbonara for dinner tonight

Adding butternut to your carbonara ensures this dish have all the tastes of Autumn, and is a delicious meal for when the nights start to grow darker. If you are fancying pasta for your evening meal then this dish is a great alternative to a traditional carbonara. Roasting the butternuts, crisping the bacon and adding the pine nuts gives the soft pasta dish extra crispness and pops with flavour. The addition of peppers and olives gives this pasta dish a fantastic mediterranean taste. Replacing the eggs and cream for creme fraiche makes this a much healthier recipe than the traditional carbonara so it's a great alternative.

THis pasta recipe is the perfect quick tasty under 30 minute dinner, serve it on its own with a sprinkle of parsley or treat yourself and pop some garlic bread in the oven. 

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