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The “cream sauce” is actually puréed butternut squash, and finely grated carrot and zucchini melt into the casserole as it cooks. Serve with a tossed salad.
1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Coat 6- x 6-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Add butternut squash, and boil 20 to 25 minutes, or until very tender. Remove to large bowl with slotted spoon. Mash with potato masher, and stir in 1⁄4 cup cheese. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and set aside.
3. Cook macaroni in same pot of boiling water 2 minutes fewer than recommended time. Drain, and run under cold water in colander.
4. Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and garlic, and sauté 3 to 5 minutes, or until translucent. Stir into mashed butternut squash purée. Add carrot, zucchini, roasted red pepper, if using, and pasta, and stir until mixture is coated with squash purée. Spread 1⁄3 pasta mixture in prepared baking dish, and sprinkle with 1⁄4 cup cheese. Repeat layering pasta and cheese twice, ending with a final sprinkling of cheese. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until top is crisp and brown, and casserole is bubbling hot.
- Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
- Calories 297
- Carbohydrate Content 40 g
- Cholesterol Content 25 mg
- Fat Content 12 g
- Fiber Content 6 g
- Protein Content 12 g
- Saturated Fat Content 6 g
- Sodium Content 327 mg
- Sugar Content 6 g