Eggs Baked in Butternut Squash Penne with Goat Cheese

This was inspired by baked ziti, a traditional Italian pasta dish. Lacking ziti noodles, and craving the combo of butternut squash and goat cheese, I cooked up this comfort food breakfast with penne, instead. The yolks were a wonderful complement to the sauce and cheese! Also, I happened to have gluten-free chickpea pasta so that’s what I used, but regular penne work too.

Baked Penne recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 full box of penne or ziti pasta
  • 1 full jar of butternut squash pasta sauce (I didn’t make my own – but here’s a recipe if you want to!)
  • A large handful of crumbled goat cheese
  • A handful of grated parmesan (if you want extra cheese)
  • Seasoning, as desired

Estim. Pasta Prep Time: 15 mins. Cooking Time: 25 mins.

Steps:

  • Cook the pasta. When I make recipes like this, I typically make all of the pasta the night before, eat a little for dinner, and then use the leftovers for breakfast.
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Coat the bottom of a small, shallow baking pan with a bit of olive oil. The pan shouldn’t be bigger than 1 square foot. If you use a larger pan, you’ll need more pasta.
  • Fill the baking pan with your cooked pasta, then slowly cover the pasta with a layer of the butternut squash sauce. Use a ladle to smooth out the sauce and help it seep down into the noodles. No need to actually stir – you want a thick layer of sauce on top for the eggs.
  • Sprinkle the goat cheese and any extra parmesan cheese you’d like all over the sauce.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove pasta from the oven, and use a ladle to make 4 indentations in the (now very melty and cheesy) sauce. Crack an egg into each indent.
  • Season to taste – I used parsley and a Tuscan spice mix.
  • Bake again for about 15 minutes, but check on the eggs occasionally – you want the whites to cook through, but the yolks to still be jiggly and therefore runny.
  • Once the eggs are done to your liking, remove from the oven and let cool.
  • Dig in to your creation, take a pic, tag me, and enjoy!

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