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This simple Creamy Baked 4 Cheese Butternut Squash Rigatoni is the perfect dinner. Quick, easy, cheesy, and so delicious! Roasted butternut squash with shallots, garlic, and herbs in a creamy 4-cheese, sun-dried tomato, spinach sauce. Cooked together with rigatoni pasta, then finished in the oven for a simple, delicious fall dinner. Truly one of those pasta bake dinners that everyone at the table will love. Great for a weeknight, but equally fancy enough to serve up at your next dinner party too. You can’t go wrong with this Tuscan-style butternut squash pasta.
Sometimes I look back at older recipes and I wonder what I was thinking when I decided to make and share that recipe. And then sometimes I look back and think, wow I need to make this!
This is a pasta that I looked way, way, way back for. I was going through recipes for our HBH 10-year anniversary when I came across this recipe and thought, yummm!
I looked at the recipe and thought, wow I could make that so much more efficiently than it’s written. So that’s just what I did! I had all the ingredients with me at the time and decided to just go for it.
It turned out so delicious, I just had to re-share it!!
First, you’ll want to roast up the squash. Start by tossing the squash, shallots, and garlic with lots of fresh oregano, chili flakes, salt, and pepper.
Once the squash has finished roasting, puree it with the garlic and ricotta cheese until smooth. You can do this in a food processor or blender.
Now the pasta, take a big oven-safe skillet with sides and add a few cups of water. Just enough to cook the pasta. Once the water is boiling, add the pasta. Cook until the pasta is just al dente, but don’t drain it! Simply stir in the butternut puree, milk, lots of spinach, the sun-dried tomatoes. And finish with a mix of gouda and parmesan cheese.
Toss everything until it is creamy. Top with fontina cheese and bake until melty and the sauce is bubbling up.
I usually top with fresh herbs, then serve it up! DELICIOUS!
This is my ideal fall dinner, and I even got the picky eaters to dive right into this! It’s all that delicious cheese and creamy butternut squash in a Tuscan-style sauce. You just cannot turn away from that combo!
Looking for more comfort pasta recipes? Here are a few ideas:
Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta
Pesto Tortellini Zuppa Toscana
Creamy Roasted Garlic Butternut Squash Pasta
One Pot French Onion Pasta with Crispy Prosciutto
Basil Parmesan Pasta with Crispy Chicken, Prosciutto, and Arugula
Lastly, if you make this Baked 4 Cheese Butternut Squash Rigatoni be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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This was a hit for my whole family, and I have a 2-year-old who has recently become quite vocal about his dislikes with food. I didn’t have any milk so I subbed chicken stock and that worked great. It’s going into the rotation!
Awesome!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it turned out well for you:)
I made this for my in-laws and kids and HUGE hit is an understatement! They complimented your recipe over and over. My 15 month old stuck his face in the leftover containers and tried to eat more lol.
Happy Friday!😁 Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xx
This was absolutely delish! Made it exactly like you wrote. I ordered your cookbook too.
Happy Monday!!☃️ Thanks a lot for making this recipe and sharing your review, I love to hear that it was a winner! xx
The recipe doesn’t say if you should change the oven temp before putting the dish in for the last bake. At 425, it seemed a bit high. It was delicious but a bit dry and not creamy. I wonder if this is why?
Thanks for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback. Yes, the oven temp was meant to be 425. Was there anything you adjusted in the recipe? Let me know how I can help! xT
I made this for a last minute Xmas dinner, and it was a huge hit!
One thing I wasn’t sure about – after cooking the pasta, do you leave the pasta water in to mix with the butternut squash purée? I drained the water out, which prevented the purée from getting too diluted, but it ended up a little dry after baking. I might add more milk instead if I do it again!
Happy Friday!! I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad to hear this was enjoyed! Yes, no need to drain the water:) xT
Could I make this the night before I make it and pop it into the fridge then just bake for the last little bit the night we want to eat it? Thinking of having this as a side for Christmas dinner and hoping to make it the night before so I just have to bake it!!
Sure, that will work well for you! Let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xT
This was delicious and perfect end to a cloudy murky day. Very filling.
Happy Tuesday!! Thanks so much for making this dish and sharing your review, I love to hear that it turned out well for you!🧑🎄