Low Calorie Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pasta Bake

This Low Calorie Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pasta Bake is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®  & La Moderna but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #MyExceptionalPasta #GoldenHarvest  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

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This week I’m super excited for an annual party of mine- Friendsgiving. It’s something I started last year for my Young Living team and I plan on doing it every year. Cooking for people has been a love of mine since I was in high school. My best friend, Sarah, introduced me to the Food Network in the early 2000’s and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love taking unique spins on recipes or changing them up so they’re “fancy” while still being easy. One of my newest dishes that has become a fast favorite? My Low Calorie Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pasta Bake with La Moderna Golden Harvest Penne Rigate!

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There’s something about cooking that has always fascinated me. As a little girl, I would go to my Memaw and Pepaw’s house after school and I’d help make homemade flour tortillas. I had such joy rolling out the tortillas in different shapes! My Memaw and I would make the dough from scratch and would eat homemade macaroni and cheese while we waited for the dough to rise. I had the best memories at their house just cooking away. I loved watching my Memaw add freshly ground comino (that’s Spanish for cumin!) and garlic to her recipes, and how everything she made was amazingly delicious.

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During the holidays, I remember cooking with my mom, my aunt, and my Grandma for Thanksgiving. Ruining Thanksgiving cornbread was a talent I once had (ha!) but I redeemed myself by making the green bean casserole. For Christmas, my Aunt Gloria would invite me to her home to make homemade Christmas cookies with my cousin Monica. It was always such a fun time and I looked forward to it each year.

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There was just something about cooking that always fascinated and inspired me. I’m also really competitive so cooking was a way to compete with myself. How can I get the most reaction out of people that I feed? How can I get this meal to top the last one? Honestly- this Low Calorie Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pasta Bake made with La Moderna Golden Harvest Penne Rigate takes the cake! Not only that, but since I’m working out with Camp Gladiator right now, I really am watching what I eat and I track my macros. I challenged myself to make this as lightened up as possible without sacrificing any flavor. I think you’ll agree with me that this dish is a perfect one to make during the holidays, for Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, or even a Christmas Eve meal.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Low Calorie Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pasta Bake
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
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Looking for a pasta bake that'll blow your mind? This Low Calorie Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pasta Bake is so delicious and perfect for Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, or just a crazy week!
Ingredients
  • Coconut oil cooking spray
  • 20 oz uncooked butternut squash, fresh, peeled and cubed
  • 1 box La Moderna Golden Harvest Penne Rigate
  • 2 oz Pancetta, chopped
  • 1¼ cups 2% milk
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, fresh
  • 2 Tbsp Sage, ground
  • ½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup Shaved Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Thinly coat a baking sheet with coconut oil cooking spray. Thinly coat a 9x11 glass baking dish with coconut oil cooking spray.
  2. Place butternut squash onto the baking sheet. Salt squash with 1 tsp salt. Roast about 20 to 30 minutes. Mash the butternut squash on the baking sheet and put to the side.
  3. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. After the butternut squash has been roasting for about 10 minutes, cook the La Moderna Golden Harvest Penne Rigate for 7 minutes; drain and return to pot. Penne will be very al dente.
  4. In a medium saucepan, whisk together milk, flour, garlic, salt and pepper. Bring this mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer, whisking until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove the sauce from heat, stir in mashed butternut squash, thyme, and 1 tbsp sage. Add the sauce to the penne and mix with a silicone spatula.
  5. In a small pan, cook chopped pancetta until brown and crispy. Drain grease, set aside.
  6. Transfer the penne mixture to your oiled baking dish. Dot the top with small spoonfuls of ricotta and then sprinkle with parmesan and pancetta. Sprinkle remaining sage and bake until top is lightly browned in a few spots, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 329 Fat: 5.1 Carbohydrates: 51.1 Protein: 13.5

This Low Calorie Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pasta Bake is definitely one of our newest meals for the Fall and Wintertime. It’s hearty and makes you feel like you’re being “bad” and eating comfort food, but it’s actually low in calories! The sage and thyme in the Low Calorie Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pasta Bake are really what make this meal taste like the holidays, and honestly, the taste is so delicious, you won’t think it’s low calorie at all. Because I count my macros, I was able to eat a portion and have seconds- and I didn’t feel one bit guilty! I grabbed the La Moderna Golden Harvest Penne Rigate at Walmart. To find La Moderna where you live, check out their product locator.

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I want this Low Calorie Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pasta Bake to become a staple in our home for the holidays. I want it to be that one meal that people remember years from now as being so delicious that they couldn’t get enough of it, just like I used to do with my Memaw, my Grandma, and my Aunt’s recipes. I want them to say, “Remember that pasta bake Stephanie made that one Friendsgiving? Oh man I really want some of that right now!” There’s something so wonderfully satisfying knowing that a recipe has left a mark on someone’s heart!

Looking for a pasta bake that'll blow your mind? This Low Calorie Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pasta Bake is so delicious and perfect for Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, or just a crazy week! #MyExceptionalPasta #GoldenHarvest #Pmedia #adI’d love to know: What occasion will you be making the Low Calorie Butternut Squash and Pancetta Pasta Bake? What’s one holiday recipe that’s left a mark on your heart?

20 Comforting Slow Cooker Recipes

Looking for slow cooker recipes? This comforting collection has so many amazing recipes, you won't want to cook without a slow cooker again!

I’ll be the first to admit it…we’ve been bad lately. We’ve eaten out SO much and honestly, it’s gotten the best of us. I think so many times it just seems like it’s easier to just eat out or grab something to-go, but the truth is, it’s more expensive and WAY more unhealthy. Last week, I joined Camp Gladiator (psst let me know if you want to join, I’ll give you a referral!), attended a Young Living Live Your Passion rally, and realized that I needed to continue on self-care in order to be healthy and possibly grow our family later down the road. Eating out wasn’t going to be doing any favors for me- so we’ve stopped, cold turkey. Sure, we’ll go out occasionally, but I definitely won’t be picking up take out for a while. Instead, we’re pinning away at our favorite recipes, and I thought I’d put together a list of 20 Comforting Slow Cooker Recipes for all of our friends to enjoy!

There are some major benefits to slow cooker cooking, like less clean up (because we LOVE these slow cooker bags), and less time in the kitchen. Not only that, but you’re making a delicious meal for your family instead of buying take out! I also love that using a slow cooker means your food has been slowly cooking away all day and that means TONS. OF. FLAVOR.

Looking for slow cooker recipes? This comforting collection has so many amazing recipes, you won't want to cook without a slow cooker again!Slow Cooker Chicken Curry | Well Plated
Slow Cooker Tuscan Pumpkin Soup | Real Food Whole Life
Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Chocolate Cake | Averie Cooks
Slow Cooker Pull Apart Pizza Rolls | Healthy Slow Cooking
Slow Cooker Pear Sausage Stuffing | Pinch of Yum
Slow Cooker Thai Style Chicken | Cookies and Cups
Slow Cooker Chicken with White Beans and Kale Pesto | Hello Glow
Slow Cooker Beef Ragu | I Heart Eating
Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken | The Gunny Sack
Slow Cooker Smoky Refried Black Beans | Oh My Veggies
Slow Cooker Mexican Pork Carnitas | A Simple Pantry
Slow Cooker Beef Meatballs with Broccoli | Skinnytaste
Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers | A Spicy Perspective
Slow Cooker Balsamic Pork Tenderloin with Strawberry Salsa | Sweetpeas and Saffron
Slow Cooker Chicken Wings with Pineapple 5 Spice Sauce | Food Faith Fitness
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup | Gimme Some Oven
Slow Cooker German Chocolate Spoon Cake | The Magical Slow Cooker
Crock Pot Citrus Soy Chicken Drumsticks | Diethood
Slow Cooker Black Bean and Butternut Squash Quinoa Chili | The Full Helping
Gluten Free Slow Cooker Greek Tacos | Cotter Crunch

Looking for slow cooker recipes? This comforting collection has so many amazing recipes, you won't want to cook without a slow cooker again!

I hope this roundup of slow cooker recipes does some good for your family as it is for ours. Eating healthier is so important, and we have to be extra diligent about it with the holidays coming up. Even eating one healthier meal will make a world of difference!

Let me know which slow cooker recipes you’ve tried from this roundup and what you think about them!

10 Minute Mexican Rice

This 10 Minute Mexican Rice recipe is sponsored by Megaphone Influence for Riceland. All opinions and recipes are my own. Hope you enjoy!#ProntoPerfectRice

Want to make Mexican Rice but don't have the time? Check out this 10 Minute Mexican Rice recipe from The Vintage Modern Wife! It's so delicious! #ProntoPerfectRice

Mexican rice is a staple in our home. Growing up, it was made for almost every single meal, and my parents had made it for so many years that it was perfect every single time they made it. Now that I’m married and on my own, any time I need to make Mexican rice I call up my mom and dad and ask, “How many cups of rice do I need?” and “How much water do I use?” It’s annoying. I hate that I can never remember the proportions because it’s different since there’s tomato sauce in the recipe, and I can’t stand waiting 25 minutes for it to cook, since I always forget to make it until after I’ve made everything else. I decided it was time for me to figure out a better and faster way to make Mexican rice.

Want to make Mexican Rice but don't have the time? Check out this 10 Minute Mexican Rice recipe from The Vintage Modern Wife! It's so delicious! #ProntoPerfectRice I came across Riceland Boil in a Bag Rice at H-E-B (the best grocery store in Texas EVER…seriously), and thought I’d try my hand at a faster way to make my 10 Minute Mexican Rice while still preserving the flavors that I’d come to know and love my whole life. I also grabbed a few typical Mexican rice staples like tomato sauce, a sweet onion, cilantro, and lime wedges. Thanks to my dad, I didn’t need to grab cumin and granulated garlic. Seems like every time he comes to visit (usually for Addie’s surgeries), he grabs the big bottles of spices for my pantry. I think I have 4 of each in there right now!

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5.0 from 2 reviews
10 Minute Mexican Rice
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 4
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Looking for a faster way to make mexican rice? This Mexican Rice is SUPER easy and delicious! The best part? It only takes 10 minutes to make!
Ingredients
  • 2 bags Riceland Boil in a Bag Rice
  • ¾ can Tomato Sauce
  • ½ tsp Olive Oil
  • ½ Sweet Onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Granulated Garlic
  • Cilantro
  • Lime wedges
Instructions
  1. Follow package instructions for Riceland Boil in a Bag Rice and cook the rice for 10 minutes.
  2. While rice is cooking, in a separate skillet, heat olive oil on medium heat.
  3. Add onion and cook for about 7 minutes until translucent.
  4. Pour can of tomato sauce into skillet and add cumin, garlic, and salt to taste. Allow to cook for 3 minutes to take out the raw tomato taste.
  5. Drain Riceland Boil in a Bag Rice and pour into the skillet. Mix gently with a spatula in order to combine all ingredients together.
  6. Garnish with a little leftover onion, cilantro, and a squeeze of a lime wedge.

Want to make Mexican Rice but don't have the time? Check out this 10 Minute Mexican Rice recipe from The Vintage Modern Wife! It's so delicious! #ProntoPerfectRice We love making our 10 Minute Mexican Rice with  H-E-B pre-seasoned fajitas (the orange or the purple packs!) We make a little buffet with our fajitas, 10 Minute Mexican Rice, H-E-B Mixla tortillas, and all the fajita fixings you could dream of. When we have fajita night, it’s go big, or go home, so we usually have to invite a friend or two over and share with the nurses because we make so much! Everyone is always so happy (even Addie who LOVES the 10 Minute Mexican Rice) because we’ve finished the night off with an amazing meal.

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