Double-Stuffed Butternut Squash

Aired July 8, 2013

Serves 4
2 butternut squash
EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
Salt and pepper
Freshly grated nutmeg
12 slices bacon
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
1 1/2 cups shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
1 cup ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons thyme, finely chopped
2 tablespoons sage, thinly sliced
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced or 1/2 red onion, chopped or thinly sliced

Heat the oven to 425F.

Halve the squash lengthwise, scoop out the seeds and drizzle with EVOO. Season with salt, pepper and a little fresh nutmeg; roast to just tender, 30-35 minutes. Remove and cool to handle.

Reduce oven heat to 375F.

Arrange bacon on a slotted pan and bake to crisp. Remove and chop.

Carefully scoop the flesh of the squash into a bowl, keeping the skins intact. Mash squash flesh with 1 cup of cheddar, 1 cup of Parm, all of the ricotta, thyme, sage and half the bacon. Adjust seasonings and stuff the shells with the mashed squash. Top with a sprinkle of remaining cheddar and Parm, and bake to golden on top.

Garnish with scallions or red onions and remaining bacon bits.

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