Creamy Squatternut Bosh* Cavatappi with Blue Cheese & Walnuts

I suspect Cavatappi of criminal connections  as its aliases include: cellentani, amori, spirali, tortiglioni, fusilli rigati, or scoobi doo...yeah, that's right, scoobi doo. Watch this one carefully and don't leave it alone with your purse.
I suspect Cavatappi of criminal connections as its aliases include: cellentani, amori, spirali, tortiglioni, fusilli rigati, or scoobi doo…yeah, that’s right, scoobi doo. Watch this one carefully and don’t leave it alone with your purse.

At 300 calories for just one cup of food, this is more of a treat than a regular. But it’s rich. it’s creamy and it allowed me to reference Friends. So..there’s that. Also, I got to try my hand at separating eggs – which I literally did with my hands. I’m classy like that.

Ingredients

4 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 1/3 pounds)
2 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
Cooking spray
8 ounces uncooked cavatappi
1 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk, divided
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
2 large egg yolks
2 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted

 Method

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.
  2. Combine squash, 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 24 minutes or until tender, stirring once.
  3. Cook the pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain pasta; keep warm.
  4. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in 1/2 cup milk, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Combine remaining 1/2 cup milk, flour, and yolks in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Slowly add egg mixture to pan, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cook 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently with a whisk.
  5. Combine squash, pasta, and milk mixture in a large bowl; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle with cheese and nuts.

*From the Thanksgiving 1992 episode of Friends. Enjoy the entire clip below, Squatternut Bosh reference at 2:20-ish

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