I feel the need to issue a warning here! While this is totally a swap pasta for veggies recipe that also happens to include kale, you must know that it also includes it’s fair share of bacon, butter and goat cheese. So while totally nutritious, I wouldn’t exactly call it light. But that’s okay right? Because life is all about balance. Veggie and bacon together in one recipe? I’d call that the perfect balance!
It had been a long time (way to long) since I had spiralized any veggies, and the other day I found a new spiralizer I wanted to try out! So, needless to say, I’ve been on a spiralizing kick lately. I’ve even been trying out veggies I had never tried before, like this butternut squash! These happen to make some amazingly delicious noodles, so much so that in this particular recipe, I would never choose traditional pasta in it’s place.
Of course, this recipe all really begins with bacon 😉 It’s basically a one skillet recipe in layers that builds on cooking up some nice crispy bites of bacon and keeps getting better from there. After cooking the bacon, you will remove it from the pan, pour off the grease, and use just enough of that bacon grease to sauté your kale! If you thought you didn’t like kale, then you haven’t had it like this. So delicious.
Finally, it’s time to brown up a little butter and use that to saute the “noodles”. Have you tried brown butter? It’s basically cooking the butter until it browns (obviously) but don’t let it burn. It develops this nutty rich flavor that is so perfect for veggies and pasta. And cheesecake. But anyway.
Top it all off with plenty of goat cheese and some parm, and a wonderful, rich, tasty dinner that just happens to be packed with plenty of veggies is served. Another side note, this recipe is is for two. But it does work well as leftovers too, so you could just keep it all for yourself.
Butternut Squash “Pasta” with Kale and Goat Cheese
- 1 large butternut squash 2-3 pounds - see note
- 3 pieces thick cut bacon
- 4-6 oz baby kale
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 t sage
- 1/4 t thyme
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 oz crumbled goat cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- Peel the skin off squash and remove the bulb end
- Place in spiralizer according to instructions and spiralize into spaghetti sized noodles
- Heat skillet over medium high heat
- Chop bacon and add to heated skillet
- Cook until crispy and then remove to paper towel to drain
- Drain off grease and reserve, add a couple of tablespoons of grease back to pan
- Saute kale for 2-3 minutes until wilted in bacon grease, remove from pan and set aside
- Add a little olive oil to pan if needed
- Add squash noodles, sage and thyme and let saute until softened to desired tenderness, about 5-8 minutes
- Slice butter into 4 pieces and add to pan
- Let melt until it just start to develop golden brown bit and starts to smell nutty, whisk smooth
- Whisk in cheeses until melted and then toss with noodles
- Serve with a helping of kale and top with bacon crumbles