Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta with crispy sage leaves-a comforting pasta recipe for fall!
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:)
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.
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!
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
- Prep Time
- 5 minutes
- Cook Time
- 25 minutes
- Total Time
- 30 minutes
- 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
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.