Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta

This creamy butternut squash pasta recipe is a delicious and savory weeknight meal. Ingredients include butternut squash, cream, butter, parmesan, pasta, and parsley and you’ll want to make this again and again!

Butternut Squash Pasta on Rainbow Delicious

I’m excited to share with you one of my all time favorite recipes, this creamy butternut squash pasta. I have been making it for years and it is seriously delicious. I usually make the pasta with butternut squash but you could easily use kabocha squash, pumpkin, delicata squash or acorn squash instead. Everyone I have made this pasta for over the years has loved it (including kids!) and I hope you will too.

This recipe is simple but slow cooking and will take some patience; I have tried to speed up the cooking time by increasing the heat but trust me, it is not as good! Slow and steady. Keep the burner on low and let it cook for the time in needs, I promise it is worth it!

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta

How To Make Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta

Adapted from Perfect Vegetarian
Serves 4-6
 
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup white or yellow onion very finely chopped
salt and pepper
4 cups cubed butternut squash (or other squash variety)
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (or dried nutmeg)
12 oz fusilli (or other pasta)
3/4 cup cream
4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan (plus extra for serving)
2 tablespoons freshly chopped flat leaf parsley (plus extra for garnish)

1.  Melt the butter in a heavy bottom pan over low heat.  Add the onions and a little salt and cook covered for 25-30 minutes, stirring frequently.

If you haven’t peeled, discarded the seeds and cubed the butternut squash yet, this is the time to do it.

2.  Add the squash into the pan with the onions and season with nutmeg.  Cover and cook over low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3.  Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a separate pan for 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender but still firm to the bite. Drain thoroughly but reserve one cup of the cooking liquid.

4.  Stir the cream, grated parmesan, and parsley into the pumpkin sauce and season with salt and pepper.  If the mixture is too thick add up to 2/3 cup of the reserved cooking liquid and stir.  Add in the pasta and toss for 1 minute. Serve creamy butternut squash pasta immediately with parsley as a garnish and Parmesan cheese on the side for sprinkling.

5. Enjoy!

butternut squash pasta with parsley
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Butternut Squash Pasta Recipe

This creamy, savory, vegetarian butternut squash recipe is a delicious weeknight meal. Ingredients include butternut squash, cream, butter, parmesan, pasta, and parsley and you'll want to make this again and again!

Course dinner, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword butter, butternut squash, cream sauce, dinner, parmesan, parsley, pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 483 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup white or yellow onion very finely chopped
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 cups cubed butternut squash
  • pinch freshly grated nutmeg or dried nutmeg
  • 12 oz fusilli or other pasta
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • 4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for serving
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped flat leaf parsley, plus extra for garnish

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a heavy bottom pan over low heat.  Add the onions and a little salt and cook covered for 25-30 minutes, stirring frequently. If you haven't peeled, discarded the seeds and cubed the butternut squash yet, this is the time to do it.

  2. Add the squash into the pan with the onions and season with nutmeg.  Cover and cook over low heat for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a separate pan for 8 to 10 minutes, or until tender but still firm to the bite. Drain thoroughly but reserve one cup of the cooking liquid.

  4. Stir the cream, grated parmesan, and parsley into the pumpkin sauce and season with salt and pepper.  If the mixture is too thick add up to 2/3 cup of the reserved cooking liquid and stir.  Add in the pasta and toss for 1 minute. Serve immediately with parsley as a garnish and Parmesan cheese on the side for sprinkling.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is adapted from Perfect Vegetarian

Nutrition Facts
Butternut Squash Pasta Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 483 Calories from Fat 139
% Daily Value*
Fat 15.4g24%
Saturated Fat 9.3g58%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 119mg5%
Potassium 32mg1%
Carbohydrates 76.2g25%
Fiber 5.5g23%
Sugar 6.1g7%
Protein 13.2g26%
Calcium 98mg10%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Comments

  1. love that you posted this I have been craving this recipe!!!

  2. Made this last week and it was super yummy and a big hit!! It will become a regular!!

  3. I love this kind of healthy confort food! We need more squash recipes as we head into fall!

  4. Such a wonderfully colorful meat free dish.

  5. What a great way to use butternut squash. Sounds awesome!!

  6. This looks like such a perfect summer salad! I’ve got a butternut squash that needs using so I think this will have to work it’s way into my menu 🙂

  7. I’m pinning this for later. We love squash and I have some comin ripe soon. This recipe is on my “to do ” list. Thanks!

  8. I love the idea of adding squash to a pasta dish! Great way to boost the nutritional value! Very creative !!

  9. This is so pretty and I love the addition of butternut squash. Super healthy twist and looks delish!

  10. Delicious! I love butternut squash and with pasta, this sounds so satisfying!

  11. I love this and it sounds perfect for the fall! Amazing recipe with stuff I have in my pantry!

  12. I love squash, and I think this is a fabulous idea to include it in this pasta dish – yum! And so healthy, too!

  13. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert says

    I’ve never tried a squash pasta before! I’ll have to make this for my family!

  14. SO SO SO DELICIOUS

  15. We added some pine nuts for some texture and it was phenomenal!! My family loves it!!

  16. Mama Maggie's Kitchen says

    5 stars
    We are definitely going to have this creamy butternut squash pasta tonight! It looks really scrumptious and it’s making me crave.

  17. Alexandra says

    5 stars
    So creamy and delicious! We love this in our house – it’s a family favourite!

  18. 5 stars
    Both my kids loved this pasta. Super simple and easy to make.

  19. 5 stars
    Butternut squash is so cheap where I live at the moment so I bought some so try this recipe and it was so so delicious! We all loved it!

  20. 5 stars
    This looks so rich and comforting. I know my family will love this.

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