I would definitely make this recipe again. I might even make the sauce and serve it just over butternut squash and Brussels sprouts. I'm thinking that would be very yummy.
Bacon Butternut Squash Carbonara Sauce
3 slices locally produced bacon, cut into squares
4 cups squash, cubed
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1/8 cayenne pepper, ground
Pepper to taste
2 egg yolks, organic free range
2 tablespoons hormone free half and half
1/4 cup parmigiano reggiano, grated
Step 1: Bring a pot of well salted water to a boil for cooking the pasta or gnocchi. When you drop the pasta or gnocchi into the boiling water start frying the bacon. Fry the bacon until crispy. Then remove it from the pan, but leave a little of the grease behind. (Tip - I use a metal colander with a Pyrex bowl underneath to drain the grease off my bacon so I don't have to waste the grease or paper towels. Bacon grease is excellent for flavoring beans or sautéing vegetables. Don't throw it away; it's good stuff!)
Step 2: Sauté the butternut squash in the bacon fat. When the squash turns a darker color and is starting to brown add in the garlic. Continue cooking until the squash is fork tender. When the pasta is done strain it out, reserve at least a cup of the pasta water for making the sauce. Prepare a small dish with the parmesan and egg yolks mixed together.
Step 3: Take the butternut squash off the heat. Add a couple tablespoons of the pasta water to the pan. When the pan has stopped sizzling (a minute or so) add the egg yolk and parmesan cheese. Mix then add the cream and the bacon. Add additional pasta water if the sauce is too thick. You want the sauce to pour slowly from a spoon.
Step 4: Toss the sauce with your pasta or gnocchi, plate and serve immediately. There is no reheating of this dish. If you stick it in the microwave or back on the stove you'll cook the egg yolk and lose the creamy texture. (Trust me I know! After I took the photos my gnocchi a la carbonara was cold so I put it in the microwave and wound up with gross cooked egg. Very sad. I ate it anyway. I couldn't waste it.)