Butternut Squash Baked Ziti: This is such a great fall twist on classic baked ziti. Butternut Squash, Gruyere cheese, and a few spices to tie it all together. Easy to make and will feed a crowd! Baked ziti is the BEST! | macheesmo.com

Butternut Squash Baked Ziti

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9x13 dish
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Take the traditional baked ziti dish. Nix all the tomatoes. Add in tons of butternut squash. Cover it in cheese and dig in!


3 cups roasted butternut squash (about 1 medium squash)
1 pound ziti
1 Cup Half & Half (or cream)
1/2 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 Teaspoon nutmeg (fresh grated is best)
8 ounces Gruyere cheese (or Robusto)
1 Tablespoon butter
Salt and pepper
Helpful Equipment:
Processor (or you could just mash with a fork honestly)
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1) Slice the butternut squash in half lengthwise and lay skin-side up on a large baking sheet.  Poke a bunch of wholes in the skins with a fork and bake at 350 degrees until the squash is very tender, 45-60 minutes.

2) Let squash cool for a few minutes and then scoop squash into a large bowl (or food processor bowl)

3) Add half and half, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and 1/2 of the grated cheese and process until smooth.  If you don’t have a processor you can just mash well to combine everything.

4) Cook ziti according to packaging, drain, and combine ziti and butternut squash mixture.

5) Butter a 9×13 baking dish very well.

6) Add ziti mixture to baking dish and sprinkle on rest of cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is melted and ziti is slightly brown around edges, about 25-30 minutes.

7) Cool for a few minutes and serve it up!