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Orecchiette Pasta with Bacon, Butternut Squash, and Broccoli

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4
Author: Pam - For the Love of Cooking / Original from Simply Scratch


  • 1 cup butternut squash diced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 8 oz pound orecchiette pasta cooked per instructions
  • 4 slices of bacon cut into bits
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus more for serving
  • 3-4 tbsp toasted pine nuts


  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and place the butternut squash on a baking sheet.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and toss sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.
  • Place into the oven and roast the squash for 20 minutes, tossing with a spatula halfway through.
  • Add the broccoli to the baking sheet and roast for 8-10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.
  • Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • While the veggies are roasting, bring a large pot of salted water to boil.
  • Once boiling, add in the orecchiette and cook, per package instructions.
  • Once cooked, reserve 1/2 cup pasta water before draining pasta.
  • While the veggies are roasting and the pasta is boiling, place the bacon bits into a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Cook until golden brown, about 3-4 minutes, stirring often, then transfer to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Remove all but 2 teaspoons of grease from the pan.
  • Add the shallot and crushed red pepper flakes and cook, stirring often, for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Add the white wine and cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute.
  • Add in the broth then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, cook for 1 minute.
  • Immediately add the pasta, roasted squash, roasted broccoli, and bacon bits.
  • Stir in the Parmesan and season with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste. Add pasta water if needed.
  • Let sit for a few minutes for the sauce to thicken and flavors to mingle, mix again then taste and re-season if needed.
  • Serve and enjoy!