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Butternut Squash And Ricotta Pasta Bake

Butternut squash and ricotta pasta bake – a hearty, comforting vegetarian meal that is sure to please all the family.

Butternut squash and ricotta pasta bake - a hearty, filling vegetarian meal that will please all the family!

Pasta bakes are a regular on the meal rotation in my house; they are simple to make, easy to pack full of veggies, hearty and delicious. They are perfect comfort food when it is cold out, and just as good served alongside a fresh salad in the summer. Any leftovers are great for lunch the following day, either cold or reheated, so I always make sure that I cook plenty.

Butternut squash and ricotta pasta bake - a hearty, filling vegetarian meal that will please all the family!

This butternut squash and ricotta pasta bake consists of a creamy tomato and ricotta sauce, with plenty of fresh basil for flavour, and is filled with roasted butternut squash as well as the pasta; obviously it is topped with plenty of cheese as the crispy, cheesy topping is the best bit of any pasta bake! As well as the butternut squash you could stir some fresh spinach leaves into the sauce to pack in some extra veg if you like.

Butternut squash and ricotta pasta bake - a hearty, filling vegetarian meal that will please all the family!

Pasta bakes are a great way to get kids to eat more vegetables, but they are perfect for all the family too. If you are making this for children then I would suggest removing the seeds from the chilli (I left them in as I wanted a bit of spice), or just leave it out altogether, the pasta bake will still be delicious!

Butternut squash and ricotta pasta bake - a hearty, filling vegetarian meal that will please all the family!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 medium/large butternut squash (about 2.65lb)
  • 1 large/2 small brown onions
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 red chilli
  • large handful fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 14 oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 9 oz ricotta cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • 5 cups penne pasta
  • 10 oz mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (or vegetarian alternative)

Serves 6

Butternut squash and ricotta pasta bake ingredients