Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

21 Nov

Yesterday I showed you how to make homemade, whole wheat and vegan gnocchi. But you can’t just have pasta without some kind of sauce! So today I present you with that very component. This sauce is hearty, flavorful and packed with vitamins (thanks, squash!) It’s also vegan (if you leave off the cheese), so that’s pretty cool.

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Of course, you could just use this on any old pasta. But if you’re going to do the work of butchering a butternut, you might as well make your own pasta too! Either way, get cooking. Squash is totally in right now, so let’s make the most of it!

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Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce, adapted from FoodNetwork

Serves 4

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 C water or vegetable broth (add more if you like it a bit more liquidy)
  • shreds of Parmesan cheese (optional)

Cut the squash in half. Scoop out seeds and peel away the skin using a paring knife (without hurting yourself). Cut into small cubes.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Saute shallots for 5 minutes. Add the squash and some salt and pepper. Let the squash caramelize in the pan, another 5 minutes.

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Add the spices and water. Stir well and cover the skillet with a lid. Let cook for 8 minutes until the squash is tender but not mushy.

Use an immersion blender (or stand blender) to puree the squash and liquid together, until completely smooth. Taste and add salt or pepper as necessary.

Toss with pasta of choice and serve with peeled Parmesan shreds (I took a vegetable peeler to my wedge of cheese). Enjoy!

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3 Responses to “Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce”

  1. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine November 21, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    Such a lighter healthy way to make a comforting pasta dish!

    • xtinaluvspink November 21, 2014 at 10:38 am #

      No cream, no crazy amounts of fat…all good things in here 🙂

  2. genevieve y November 21, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    I love butternut squash! It’s great for soups, sauces, and just as they are. Yum!

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