Martha Stewart

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Serving size 6

Ricotta and pureed squash give this familiar dish its creaminess.


1 small butternut squash (about 1 pound), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3 cups)1 cup homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock, skimmed of fat1 ½ cup nonfat milk pinch of freshly grated nutmeg pinch of cayenne pepper¾ tsp coarse salt freshly ground black pepper1 lb elbow macaroni4 oz extra-sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated (about 1 cup)4 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, finely grated (1 ounce)2 Tbsp fine breadcrumbs1 tsp olive oil olive oil and cooking spray½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine squash, stock, and milk in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until squash is tender when pierced with a fork, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat. Mash contents of saucepan; stir in nutmeg, cayenne, and salt, and season with black pepper. Stir to combine.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles; cook until al dente according to package instructions, about 8 minutes. Drain, and transfer to a large bowl; stir in squash mixture, cheddar, ricotta, and 2 tablespoons Parmesan.
  3. Lightly coat a 9-inch square baking dish (4 inches deep) with cooking spray. Transfer noodle mixture to dish. In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs, remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan, and oil; sprinkle evenly over noodle mixture.
  4. Cover with foil, and bake 20 minutes. Remove foil, and continue baking until lightly browned and crisp on top, 30 to 40 minutes more. Serve immediately.

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Tags: Lunch, Dinner, Kid-Friendly, Cheese, Pasta, Noodles

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