Cheesy Butternut Squash Cavatappi Bake


Yes, this healthy casserole recipe has bacon! Unlike most healthy casseroles, this dish features plenty of gooey cheese, pasta, and a sprinkle of bacon -- while still staying healthy!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
8 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
58 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 3 cup peeled and cubed butternut squash

  • 8 ounce dried cavatappi or other elbow macaroni

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 8 ounce cremini or button mushrooms, sliced

  • 3 green onions, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup fat-free milk

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 6 ounce fontina cheese, shredded (1 1/2 cups)

  • 2 slices reduced-sodium bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)

  • Thinly sliced green onions (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat a 2-quart rectangular baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

  2. In a medium microwave-safe bowl combine squash and 2 Tbsp. water; cover with vented plastic wrap. Microwave on high for 4 minutes; stir. Microwave, covered, about 4 minutes more or until squash is tender. Carefully remove plastic wrap. Mash squash; set aside.

  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. In a medium saucepan heat butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms and green onions. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle flour over mushroom mixture. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Add milk, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; stir in squash. Add pasta. Gently fold to combine.

  4. Transfer half of the pasta mixture to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with half of the cheese. Add remaining pasta and cheese. Top with bacon, if desired. Bake, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted. Top with additional green onions, If desired.

    Cheesy Butternut Squash Cavatappi Bake
    Andy Lyons

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

334 Calories
12g Fat
42g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 334
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 366mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 16.9mg 85%
Calcium 255mg 20%
Iron 2.2mg 12%
Potassium 558mg 12%
Folate, total 128.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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