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Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

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This recipe for Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce is part of Fall Flavors Week. Thanks to the sponsors listed below. All opinions in this recipe are 100% my own.

I love, love, love winter squash! I do believe that it is my favorite vegetable aside from Brussel Sprouts. This pasta sauce recipe will take your next noodle dish over the top!

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This sauce is very creamy and goes great with any type of pasta you serve it on.

Because this sauce is so versatile, we have used it on top of the pizza as well and it worked great as a pizza sauce.

How to Make Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

So, you are going to peel and dice up one butternut squash. Once you peel and cut it in half, you will have to remove the seeds from it just like you do a pumpkin. I got this butternut squash from Melissa's Produce. I love that they have so many delicious veggies to choose from.

Once you get it diced, then, in a large stockpot, add in the olive oil, onions, and saute until they are soft and tender.

Add the butternut squash, garlic, herbs, and broth, then cook for 10 minutes or until the butternut squash is fork-tender.

Once the butternut squash is tender, add the milk to the pot.

Use an immersion blender to blend the sauce

While the sauce is simmering, cook your pasta according to directions.

To serve, add some sauce to your bowl, then add some pasta to the bowl. Then, pour more sauce over the top. Gently toss to coat.

Top with Parmesan shavings and toasted pecans. The pecans I used are delicious pecans from the Millican Pecan Company.

This recipe tasted SO good. I am so glad that I ventured outside of my normal cheese sauce to create this pasta sauce. It's my new favorite and I may never go back to regular pasta sauce again.

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Yield: Serves 4

Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

This pasta sauce is creamy and delicious and a perfect fall sauce. Easy to make with simple ingredients.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed (about 6 cups)
  • 6 sage leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cup of vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of shredded Parmesan
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 16 ounces of penne pasta (or your favorite pasta of choice)

For the topping

  • minced Parsley
  • toasted pecans
  • Shaved Parmesan Cheese


  1. Slice the top and bottom of the butternut squash off. Use a veggie peeler to remove the hard outer skin.
  2. Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds. Cut the squash in half and dice to 1/2" cubes.
  3. In a large pot, heat the olive oil. Throw in the onion and saute for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add in the butternut squash, garlic, herbs, and broth. Bring the pot to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer. Let it simmer for 10 minutes or until the butternut squash is fork-tender.
  5. Remove the lid and add the milk.
  6. Use an immersion blender to blend it all together. Once it is emulsified well, add in the shredded Parmesan and the lemon juice. Mix well.
  7. While the pasta sauce continues to simmer, cook pasta according to package directions.
  8. While the pasta is cooking, grab a small skillet and throw your chopped pecans in it. Heat over medium heat for a minute or two until the pecans are lightly toasted and fragrant.
  9. To serve, add some sauce to the bottom of your pasta bowl. Top with pasta and then add in some more sauce. Top the pasta with shaved parmesan, minced parsley, and toasted pecans.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 440Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 896mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 5gSugar: 7gProtein: 19g

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Friday 26th of November 2021

What a nice change from traditional pasta sauce.


Saturday 6th of November 2021

Your sauce looks so creamy and delicious! I have been toying with squash in sauce. Yours will be going on the menu soon. Yum!


Thursday 23rd of September 2021

This is my favorite way to use butternut squash! Love the sauce!


Thursday 23rd of September 2021

Love this sauce idea for our pasta! I'm going to pair it with spicy sausage and I'm sure it will be amazing!

Amy (Savory Moments)

Saturday 18th of September 2021

I love butternut squash and this pasta sauce looks like a lovely autumn dinner.

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