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Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta with crispy sage leaves-a comforting pasta recipe for fall! 

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Butternut squash always makes me think of the song, ‘Build Me Up Buttercup.’ I always start singing the classic song, but change the lyrics to “build me up butterNUT.” I recently made Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta and this time we turned on the song and had a dance party in our kitchen. Don’t worry, I waited until I was done cutting the butternut squash to bust out my best dance moves. Knives and the funky chicken don’t mix:)

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We eat a lot of butternut squash during the fall months. I can never get enough. We love butternut squash tostadas, salad, soup, and mac and cheese. Our Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese is one of our favorite recipes so I thought it was time to create another butternut squash pasta dish.

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This time I made a simple butternut squash pasta sauce to go with DeLallo’s Organic Whole Wheat Linguine.

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The sauce is rich and creamy…without any butter or cream! Who would have thought a big orange squash could create such a decadent sauce? Even the vegetable haters will love this sauce! This is a great recipe to get your kids to eat their veggies too! Caleb loves this pasta!

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After I toss the whole wheat pasta with the creamy sauce, I garnish the dish with crispy fried sage leaves. Don’t skip the sage. It brings out the best in the sauce. Butternut and sage are awesome together! The sauce is healthy so you can splurge a little on the garnish:)

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta makes a great weeknight meal. You can have a healthy and comforting meal on the table in no time! And it’s so good, I am sure you will be singing “Build Me Up ButterNUT” too!

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta Recipe from twopeasandtheirpod.com A comforting and healthy pasta recipe!

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Whole wheat pasta with creamy butternut squash sauce and crispy sage leaves. A healthy and comforting meal!

Ingredients:

1 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced
3 tablespoons olive oil
8 sage leaves
12 ounces DeLallo whole wheat linguine (or other pasta)
1 1/2 cups water or vegetable broth
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup diced yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water and add the butternut squash. Cook until soft, about 12-15 minutes.

2. While the squash is cooking, fry the sage leaves. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat until surface is shimmering slightly. Add a few leaves at a time and cook until crisp, but still bright green, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Season with salt. Set aside.

3. Using a large slotted spoon, carefully remove the squash from the water and place in a large bowl. Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package instructions.

4. Place the cooked butternut squash in a large food processor or blender. Puree the squash until smooth. Add water or broth and puree until the sauce reaches your desired consistency. You may need a little more or a little less water depending on the size of your squash.

In a large deep skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until soft, 3-5 minutes. Add pureed butternut squash. Stir in the Parmesan cheese. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Add the pasta and stir until pasta is well coated. Chop two of the sage leaves and stir them into the pasta. Serve the pasta with remaining fried sage leaves and additional Parmesan cheese, if desired.

 Disclosure-this post is in partnership with DeLallo, but our opinions are our own. 

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116 Responses to “Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta”

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    Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker — October 9, 2013 @ 3:12 am

    I love love love the colour of this. And crispy sage leaves are my fav

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    Erica — October 9, 2013 @ 4:44 am

    Looks SO creamy! I wonder how the sauce would be on spaghetti squash? Squash on squash?? mmm ;)

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    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche — October 9, 2013 @ 5:51 am

    Ooh this looks gorgeous! I love butternut squash and sage together. And thanks btw, I’ll have that song in my head all day now!! :P

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    Yum! What a beautiful pasta sauce! I just love it!!

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    Kirsten — October 9, 2013 @ 6:52 am

    Maria,
    This looks so lovely–what a great Fall bowl! I am lazy, so I admit I’ll probably just roast the butternut squash instead of all that peeling and dicing and boiling–though I suppose I’m doing the boiling for the noodles anyway! Still, such an easy thing to roast a butternut squash that I usually have a couple of packages in the freezer–so this could be even easier than I thought on a weeknight.
    Thanks!

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    this looks so delicious ! I am a sucker for the sage and butternut squash combination. i love how this dish does not use cream!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — October 9, 2013 @ 7:24 am

    This makes a perfect fall supper! Great flavors!

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    Joanne — October 9, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    Well now I’m definitely going to be singing that song whenever I cut up a butternut…which is about daily. :) Love this pasta sauce!

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    Cookbook Queen — October 9, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    Best way to eat pasta ever!! Yum!!!

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    Anne [A Squared] — October 9, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    This looks incredible!

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — October 9, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    Ha, love the butternut song! I love all the delicious dishes that can be made with butternut squash.

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    Ali @ Inspiralized — October 9, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    I’ve never tried dellalo products, I”ll have to check them out! Thanks for sharing.

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    Tieghan — October 9, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    This is SO pretty! I love you photos! And geez, this looks incredible and so creamy! I am in love!

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    Suzan @ The Lazy Suzan — October 9, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    Stunning photos! Looks delicious. I’m glad someone else has kitchen dance parties, as well :)

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    DeLallo Foods — October 9, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    Maria, the recipe looks delicious and our pasta looks great! Thanks so much!

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — October 9, 2013 @ 9:03 am

    This dish looks heavenly, Maria! So smooth, creamy and comforting!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — October 9, 2013 @ 9:06 am

    Looks so creamy and perfect!

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    Jenny Flake — October 9, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    What a perfect dish for Fall! Mmm!

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    Marian (Sweetopia) — October 9, 2013 @ 10:08 am

    Looks so delicious!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — October 9, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    This is amazing, Maria! I’ve been on a huge butternut squash kick lately….thanks for keeping the kick going strong :)

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    HeatherChristo — October 9, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    fantastic!! I am TOTALLY making this! I am obsessed with bnut squash

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites — October 9, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    Between you, Julie and Kevin, I am seriously needing a bowl of creamy squash pasta right now!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — October 9, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    I try to get my fix of squash in the fall as well. Love this creamy butternut squash recipe.

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    marla — October 9, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    This pasta is calling to me with this beautiful fall weather!

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — October 9, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    What a great pasta! :) I have been enjoying something similar of late and I can’t get enough of that crispy fried sage! So good!

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    This looks so creamy and comforting and I love your “Build Me Up ButterNut” song, & dance party-so fun!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — October 9, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

    I have a serious obsession with squash. And carbs. Especially with the colder weather upon us. This looks like one big cozy bowl of comfort that needs to get in my belly! Yummy!

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    We usually make our songs about tacos (“tacos” can be substituted for “baby” in virtually any song), but “Build Me Up (Butternut)” has an undeniable ring to it.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — October 9, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    I love butternut squash with sage, this is a must-make!

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    naomi — October 9, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    I love sage with just about anything. Great looking recipe!

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    Cate @ Chez CateyLou — October 9, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    Oooh this looks delicious! I LOVE butternut squash, and it goes so well with sage. What a perfect fall dinner, pinning this!!

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    Nicole — October 9, 2013 @ 4:48 pm

    This is going to have to happen and soon. This looks so delicious!

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    Tracy | Pale Yellow — October 9, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

    I love butternut squash too! I’ve never made it with pasta, usually I eat it alone, but this recipe looks too fantastic to pass up!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — October 9, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

    I love dellalo whole wheat organic pasta! This looks so incredible – love it Maria!!

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    Gina — October 9, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

    I make this all the time, my husband LOVES butternut squash pasta! Gotta try that whole wheat Delallo pasta : )

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 10, 2013 @ 1:17 am

    What a gorgeous dish! And that creamy sauce – I’m sold!

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    Sini — October 10, 2013 @ 3:09 am

    This looks so good that I want to make it immediately! Such a creamy texture – and the crispy sage on top. Thanks for sharing this recipe with us!

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    Donna — October 10, 2013 @ 3:10 am

    I just love butternut ANYTHING. Must try this pasta!

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    Anna — October 10, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    I had some butturnut squash soup left, that became very thick so I tried to transform it into pasta sauce, resalt was amazing.

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — October 10, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    What a great idea for a fall pasta dish!

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