Pastina with Butternut Squash & Bacon

Only 8 ingredients, this pastina recipe is the perfect easy and creamy winter pasta dish.

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Pastina, also known as star pasta, is a soup cut that is loved by both children and adults. This easy pastina recipe uses butternut squash seared with shallots and blended to create a creamy sauce. Bacon is fried till crisp and then tossed with the pasta and the sauce.


Ingredients 6 Servings

Ingredients for Pastina with Butternut Squash and Crispy Bacon: 

  • 1 box Barilla® Pastina pasta
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 1 small butternut squash, 2/3 inch diced [4 cups]
  • 3 cups veggie broth
  • 2 slices bacon, julienne
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
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  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil, cook pasta 1 minute less than package directions.

  • Meanwhile, in a skillet sauté shallot with 2 tablespoons olive oil for two minutes, until translucent. 
  • Stir in butternut squash, sauté for several minutes, then add veggie broth and simmer until butternut squash is cooked through. Let cool down a bit and carefully process in the blender until smooth. 
  • Place squash sauce back in the skillet and bring to a simmer.

  • In a separate skillet render bacon over medium heat until crispy, drain the fat and set aside.

  • Drain pasta and add to the squash sauce, combine for 1 minute over high heat, until the dish is perfectly creamy and well combined.

  • Turn off heat and let rest 1 minute. Stir in cheese and butter; top with bacon before serving.

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