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Get ready to dive into our Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta recipe--- Where the nutty charm of roasted butternut squash mingles with fragrant herbs, velvety cream, and the irresistible allure of Parmesan cheese. Cozy and bursting with fall vibes this dish is destined to become your family's new weeknight favorite, packed full of flavors that'll warm your heart and satisfy your cravings. Ready in just 25 minutes! Gluten-free, Dairy-free + Vegan Option.
Y'all I've been getting into some serious kitchen experimentation, especially with all the cozy fall cooking in full swing. But butternut squash has become my latest obsession. That velvety, sweet, and slightly nutty thing it's got going on? I'm all about it, especially when I'm in the mood for an easy pasta dish. Plus It's the perfect way to sneak in some extra veggies for the little ones. I even dialed it back to the basics with a foolproof recipe on how to roast butternut squash like a pro!
From Thanksgiving classics like Maple Herb Roasted Butternut Squash to the timeless classic Easy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, and even curries like this Vegan Pumpkin Curry with Butternut Squash, I'm all about that butternut squash goodness! Make your fall and winter holiday table shine with our Wild + Brown Rice Stuffed Butternut Squash-- This hearty and heartwarming dish blends earthy squash with a hearty wild rice stuffing.
This fuss-free pasta recipe boasts an ultra-creamy, smooth + rich texture, loaded with savory herbs and spices that create a warm and comforting flavor. It's not only a quick 25-minute fix but also a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. The best part is its incredible versatility – you can add meat, more veggies, or even plant-based protein to suit your preferences. I'll provide some tasty ideas below to customize it to your liking!
To prepare this creamy pasta recipe, you'll start by roasting the butternut squash using my How to Roast Butternut Squash recipe. Then, boil the pasta until it's 'al dente.' For the sauce, blend the roasted butternut squash and veggie stock in a high-powered blender until it's smooth and creamy, which usually takes about 2-3 minutes. Keep in mind that the mixture should resemble a puree, not too thick but definitely not watery.
Now, for the creamy sauce, in a skillet over medium-high heat, combine the butter and remaining ingredients until they reach a luxuriously thick and creamy consistency!
Here is everything you need to make this creamy squash pasta!
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Butternut squash can be roasted in different ways: halved, in slices, or cubed. The method you choose depends on your recipe. In this particular one, we'll be cubing the squash. To roast butternut squash, you'll need an oven, one or two baking sheets, or a baking dish, and a large sharp knife + high-quality vegetable peeler to remove the tough skin.
Be sure to check out my 'How to Roast Butternut Squash' recipe for all the tips + tricks!
Y'all after MANY years of cooking with butternut squash, I've honed the art of selecting the best ones. Here are 4 tips to help you choose the perfect butternut squash:
Skin quality-- Look for a squash with a smooth, unblemished skin. Avoid any with cuts, bruises, or soft spots, as these can be indicators of spoilage or diminished flavor.
Color consistency--Opt for a butternut squash with a consistent, deep beige or tan color on its skin. While minor variations are normal, patches of green or excessive shine may suggest under-ripeness.
Heaviness matters: A heavy squash relative to its size indicates a higher flesh-to-seed ratio and ripeness. It's a good sign of a well-matured squash.
Stem + top inspection: Ensure the stem is intact and firmly attached. The top of the squash, opposite the stem, should be free from mold, decay, or any damage.
You bet! It's bursting with vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium, and it's got fiber for digestive wellness. So, when you're in the mood for some guilt-free, feel-good carbs, butternut squash is your delicious go-to option. PLUS it won't leave you with a post-meal energy slump, and your body will appreciate the nutritious boost!
While I love this Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta dinner as-is, straight from the pan, you can dress it up with toppings if you like.
For extra flavor, color, and texture, you can try:
If you'd like to add protein to this Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta dish, it's easy to do, regardless of your diet!
You can also check out Awesome Meat Substitutes to Try This Year if you're new to plant-based life and want to experiment!
You can use any type of pasta that you like in this recipe. That is what makes this Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta recipe so adaptable!
I love using rigatoni because it does a beautiful job of embracing and holding onto the sauce. But any of these pasta varieties would work for this dish -
I would recommend tossing with tongs to ensure that longer varieties of pasta is fully manageable and fully coated. You can also use gluten-free pasta, whole-wheat pasta, or even zoodles for a low-carb option!
I tend to use a lot of white cooking wine, which is easiest for me. However, I do occasionally add quality white wine to my dishes and I recommend using a dry white wine.
A dry white wine will add the right amount of acidity rather than sweetness, which will better compliment your dish like this Butternut squash pasta recipe. In general, any of the following dry white wines work great in this dish:
Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, and dry sparkling wines.
When it comes to serving this mouthwatering Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta there are some options that will truly elevate your meal. First off, don't forget to have some bread on hand. I love this homemade Cheesy Kale Garlic Bread, Loaded Cheddar Pesto Zucchini Bread with Bacon and Homemade Texas Toast Garlic Bread Trust me; you'll want to dip it into that luscious, saucy goodness.
If you want a little freshness, serve it with a salad on the side, like this Blood Orange Kale Salad, Fall Harvest BBQ Chickpea Kale Salad, Fall Harvest Apple Kale Salad or this Best Buffalo Chickpea Kale Salad. It's like a fresh burst of flavor that complements this easy weeknight dinner beautifully.
But here's the thing. This creamy butternut squash pasta is so darn amazing that you can honestly enjoy it all by itself. Seriously, the pasta + luscious creamy squash sauce is everything! It's just bursting with fall flavor. So, feel free to dig in and savor every single bite. It's a dish that stands tall on its own!
After a hearty meal, I often yearn for something sweet to round it off...And you know what hits the spot? A big slice of our Caramel Apple Pear Crisp!
To make this dish GF, simply use Gluten-Free pasta and ensure that all other ingredients are GF-friendly.
To make this sauce dairy-free, simply use vegan butter instead of regular butter. Then swap the cream with full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream. And use your favorite dairy-free shredded cheese or nutritional yeast instead of parmesan.
Absolutely! While Parmesan cheese is great, you can experiment with other cheeses like Gruyère, Pecorino Romano, or even a blend for unique flavors.
Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. Gently reheat leftovers on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding a splash of milk or broth to maintain the creamy consistency.
You can use coconut milk or almond milk for a lighter, dairy-free option, or you can try Greek yogurt for a creamy texture with fewer calories.
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