Indulge in the ultimate comfort food – pasta! Elevate your weeknight dinners with this irresistible Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta w/ Parmesan Garlic Sauce recipe! Deliciously seasoned squash, your favorite pasta or ravioli, and a creamy parmesan garlic sauce that's pure cheesy indulgence. It's the coziest bowl of Butternut Squash Pasta, perfect for satisfying your Italian + fall flavor cravings all in one delightful dish! Ready in only 30 minutes. Dairy-Free, Vegan, + Gluten-Free options.
Pasta is an all-time favorite for me, and I can't resist trying every pasta variation (big shoutout to my beloveds: Southern-Style Cajun Pasta with Pecan Breadcrumbs, Spicy Brown Butter Pumpkin Rigatoni, and Lemon Brown Butter Pasta), including this delightful Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Parmesan Garlic Sauce.
Let's be real, pasta is the ultimate go-to comfort food, whether it's a lazy weeknight or a relaxed weekend. And if you're on the hunt for more delicious weeknight meal ideas, just type ‘weeknight meals‘ into my search bar – there's a world of yumminess waiting for you!
This pasta recipe is so full of creamy, cheesy savory goodness. The secret is a dynamite combination of squash, parmesan, and heavy cream. The sauce coats every nook and cranny of your pasta so every bite is flavor-packed and decadent.
In this pasta recipe, you'll find just two essential components: the pasta itself and the heavenly butternut creamy, cheesy, and garlic-infused parmesan sauce.
Here’s what you need to make this fast creamy pasta dinner recipe:
You can use any type of pasta that you like in this recipe. That is what makes this Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta recipe so adaptable!
I enjoy eating ravioli because of the cheesy filling, which adds so much to any sauce that you pair it with. My personal favorite is the spinach-flavored ravioli because of the color and added nutrients.
Choose from any of these pasta varieties for this dish:
You can also use gluten-free pasta, whole-wheat pasta, or even zoodles for a low-carb option!
While I love this Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta dinner as-is, straight from the pan, you can dress it up with toppings if you like.
I usually add kale, but for extra spice, color and texture, you can try:
If you discover a new favorite topping idea, be sure to let me know in the comments section below!
If you'd like to add protein to this vegetarian pasta dish, it's easy to do!
Plant-based protein options:
You can also check out Awesome Meat Substitutes to Try This Year if you're new to plant-based life and want to experiment!
Non-vegan protein options:
When it comes to serving this mouthwatering Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta there are some options that will truly elevate your meal. First off, don't forget to have some crusty bread on hand. I love this homemade Vegan Garlic Herb Kale 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 Fall Harvest BBQ Chickpea 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 Squash Pasta is so darn amazing that you can honestly enjoy it all by itself. Seriously, the creamy cheesy sauce + luscious squash sauce is everything! It's just bursting with flavor. So, feel free to dig in and savor every single bite. It's a dish that stands tall on its own!
Yes! To make this sauce dairy-free, simply use vegan butter instead of the 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.
When it comes to most of my dairy-free pasta dishes, I usually use cashews as a base to making the entire dish creamy. However, with the squash flavored pasta, I didn’t need to use cashews due to the squash acting as a creamy base when paired with canned coconut milk and veggie stock. Once you have the sauce simmering on the stovetop, the MOST IMPORTANT thing is to ensure that you whisk constantly. This prevents any clumping together and keeps everything smooth as the sauce thickens.
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.
Butternut squash is not only delicious but also offers a range of health benefits:
Nutrient-Rich: It's packed with essential nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E, which support immune health, skin health, and overall well-being.
Fiber: It's a good source of dietary fiber, aiding in digestion and promoting a feeling of fullness, which can assist in weight management.
Antioxidants: Butternut squash contains antioxidants like beta-carotene, which can help protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals.
Heart Health: The potassium content can contribute to maintaining healthy blood pressure levels and heart function.
Any leftovers of this vegetarian pasta recipe can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days.
Yes! To make this dish GF, simply use Gluten-Free pasta and ensure that cream/milk is GF-friendly.
Absolutely! If you have no squash on hand you can use sweet potato as a substitute. Sweet potato has a similar creamy texture and a slightly sweet, earthy flavor that can work beautifully in this dish.
To roast butternut squash, peel and cube it, toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then roast in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for about 25-30 minutes or until it's tender and slightly caramelized.
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.
Yes! While fresh butternut squash is preferred for its flavor and texture, you can use frozen butternut squash if it's more convenient. Just thaw it and roast as you would with fresh squash.
Gently reheat leftovers on the stovetop or in the microwave, adding a splash of milk or broth to maintain the creamy consistency.
Absolutely! While Parmesan cheese is traditional, you can experiment with other cheeses like Gruyère, Pecorino Romano, or even a blend for unique flavors.
This Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta w/ Parmesan Garlic Sauce is seriously epic, so try some other recipes like it!
If you choose to make this Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta w/ Parmesan Garlic Sauce or any other recipe from us, be sure to tag us on Instagram at #Orchidsandsweettea so that we can share the love, rate, comment below, + share!