A comforting dish made with simple ingredients to warm everyone up during the the fall and winter months. Not a big fan of squash? This butternut squash recipe might change your mind!
We harvested a few, beautiful butternut squash in our garden this fall. It's truly amazing to me that a little seed can produce such a large and delicious vegetable! If you don't consider yourself a "squash person," I encourage you to give it a chance with this recipe. The sauce has a rich, nutty flavor with a hint of sweetness. It's SO GOOD. I found myself eating it out of the pan with a spoon!
INGREDIENTS TO MAKE BUTTERNUT SQUASH PASTA
pasta: I used Jovial's gluten free pasta, but use whatever you prefer!
cream: I used heavy cream, but you could also use half + half. If you're dairy free, try full fat coconut milk.
herbs: sage + oregano make this dish deliciously savory
salt + pepper
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HOW TO ROAST BUTTERNUT SQUASH
This recipe is seriously so simple. The ONLY step that you need to plan ahead for is roasting the squash. It takes about an hour to roast in the oven. You literally just cut the squash in half, put a pat of butter on each side (or drizzle with olive oil), season with salt + pepper, and lay them on a baking sheet. Put the squash in a 400 degree oven for 50-60 minutes.
HOW TO MAKE BUTTERNUT SQUASH PASTA SAUCE
Once the butternut squash is done cooking and cooling, use a fork or spoon to scoop it out of the skin and set aside. In a large saucepan, sauté the chopped onions and minced garlic in olive oil for about five minutes until they have become translucent.
Add in cream, shredded parmesan, oregano, sage, salt and pepper. Turn the heat to low, and allow the cheese to melt for a few minutes.
Add the roasted butternut squash, and use an immersion blender (or pour sauce in a blender) to blend until smooth.
Pour butternut squash pasta sauce over cooked pasta and garnish with chopped sage.
There are a lot of options for dressing up this recipe depending on your preferences. We added some cooked chicken sausage and roasted pine nuts to ours, but it is also delicious with bacon pieces. If you want to add a vegetable, try incorporating peas or cooked spinach.