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Kid friendly, healthy cooking: Butternut squash recipe

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HARTFORD -- Teaching kids to cook is a great way to give them a lifetime skill and help them to make healthy nutrition choices.

Taylor Greenberg, blogger at The Little Chef That Could, pediatric emergency department nurse and chef, and Alex Hankey, a former oncology patient, joined FOX 61 Good Day Connecticut with this healthy recipe for Butternut squash.


  • 2 cups of cubed butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup of chicken broth
  • 1 cup of extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup of part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup of low fat cream cheese
  • 1 box of whole wheat pasta, gluten free also works!
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  • Boil the cubed butternut squash until tender, about 20 minutes
  • Cook the pasta according to package directions
  • Add the chicken broth to a medium sized pan over medium heat and add the cheddar and mozzarella cheese
  • Stir until a sauce forms, it should be melted and a thickness that coats the back of a spoon
  • Add the squash to the cheese, the squash should easily fall apart and become part of the cheese sauce
  • Add the drained cooked pasta and evenly coat with the cheese sauce
  • Place in a 8x13 baking dish and top with parmesan cheese and bread crumbs
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, until cheese is melted and top is brown and crispy