Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

I’ve had so many friends texting me lately about having impulse-bought a butternut squash on sale and not having a clue what to do with it. It’s actually hilarious to me how many it’s been! And y’all know that I am not one to pass up a sale, so when squash was $0.89/lb last week I jumped all over it. The goal: something easy, delicious, and unexpected. The result? This cheesy butternut squash pasta sauce that’s creamy, thick, and perfect for fall weather.

butternut squash pasta sauce

Note: I made this sauce twice in the past few weeks – once with steamed squash and once with roasted. The roasted version had a much better, more developed flavor but it does take a while. To save time, you can steam yours in the microwave.

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Butternut Squash Pasta
cheesy butternut squash pasta sauce mac and cheese
Course Sides
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Passive Time 40 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
Course Sides
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Passive Time 40 minutes
Servings
cups
Ingredients
cheesy butternut squash pasta sauce mac and cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  2. Slice the butternut squash in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds with spoon.
    scraping raw butternut squash
  3. Rub squash halves with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Cover baking sheet with foil and brush with olive oil. Place squash halves cut side down on sheet. Bake for 40 minutes or until fork tender.
  5. Remove squash from oven; set aside to cool.
  6. Use a spoon to scoop out the cooked butternut squash into a small pot. Add butter, milk, cheese, salt, and pepper. Warm over medium-low heat.
    baked butternut squash being scraped
  7. When squash combination is steaming and warm, blend thoroughly with an immersion blender or pour mixture into blender to puree.
  8. Toss pasta with sauce. Serve warm.
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So easy, right? The best part is that this sauce takes me back to my undergraduate food research project – sneaking veggies into mac + cheese for kiddos!

butternut squash pasta

Oh I’m sorry, did you think I was kidding? Never. Third place award winner, y’all.

So, now that you know that this is technically an award-winning sauce, go make yourself some and have the best weekend ever!

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