Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta {30 minute meal}

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IMG_0036Happy Friday! Let’s start this blog post off with a little conversation I had with my four year old, m’kay?

Brooke: “Mom, your bum is chubby.”

Me: “But look! If I put my shirt like this {*pulls shirt down} then you can’t tell!”

Takes a good 5 second look

Brooke: “Nope, still chubby.”

Needless to say, I’ve started getting back into running. I suppose the better description would be I’m *trying* to get back into running. Clearly it’s not working because my bum is “still chubby”.

Pasta doesn’t help this situation in the least, but when paired with a sauce made with only squash, I’d say that’s a step in the right direction.

This quick dinner is easy, cheesy and very very tasty. Butternut squash is peeled, cubed, and boiled down in chicken stock. Then it’s mashed with a little butter, cheese and seasonings and that’s it! Toss with pasta and dinner’s done. My 4 year old questioned the orange color, I forbid her to eat it, and magically she licked her plate clean.

Reverse psychology at it’s finest, folks. Makes for a great parenting technique.

Pick up some butternut squash and give this a whirl tonight! Have a great weekend 🙂


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Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta {30 minute meal}

Butternut Squash Pasta is an easy and downright delicious dish that is basically just veggies! Make it in 30 minutes or less!
servings 4 servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1/2 pound short cut pasta
  • 3 lb butternut squash peeled and diced
  • 2 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock + extra if needed
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese use the real stuff! + extra to taste


  • Bring large pot of salted water to boil for pasta. Stir in half a pound of short cut pasta and cook until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • While pasta is cooking, bring butternut squash and chicken stock to boil in a separate pot. Cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until squash is fork tender.
  • Using a potato masher, mash squash into a paste. DO NOT drain out the chicken stock. This will make the sauce.
  • Stir in garlic, salt, pepper, butter and 3/4 of the cheese and cooked pasta. Stir and add in more chicken stock to make sauce the consistency you desire, if needed. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top and serve immediately.


Calories: 567kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 621mg | Potassium: 1481mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 36554IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 459mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Butternut Squash Pasta
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    5 stars
    This is one of my favorite breakfast treats. When I make mine, sometimes I add maple syrup to the gravy mix, because I like the sweet taste! Just thought I’d share

  3. Patricia Miller

    This was really good! My only criticism is that by adding the garlic at the end, it gave the dish too much strong raw garlic flavor. It kind of overtook all the other flavors. I’ll definitely make this again (because it was really good), but next time I think I’ll just leave the garlic out.

  4. Roxanne

    oh my goodness! i made this last nite with these mini cheese ravioli from trader joes..and added a few dashes of red pepper.. this was even better then homemade mac and cheese!! so creamy, great recipe! thanks

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  7. lauren

    I made the pasta over the weekend! It was great! It actually looks like mac n cheese and fooled a few people! LOL.
    When I saw the sauce was a bit thick, I added skim milk in stead of extra stock to give it a more cheesey flavor. I also thought some mozzarella mixed with the parm would be nice but I’ll try that next time.
    highly recommended!

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  9. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Haha she is too cute! I’ve starting running again too and it feels great!

    And this dish – yes! It’s so perfect for a busy weeknight meal!

  10. Sarah @ Will Run for Pasta

    Oh kids, LOL! Yay for running, I’m going through Couch to 5k again, hopefully I’ll make it all the way this time. This pasta sounds delicious!!

  11. Anna @ Hidden Ponies

    Too funny – my daughter looked at me a few weeks ago and said “Ooooh, do you have another baby in your tummy mom?” 😛 I made a spaghetti squash pasta a couple weeks ago we loved – I’ll have to try it with butternut squash next!

  12. Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper

    Gotta love the brutal honesty of kids! This is such a good idea for pasta! I’ll have to try it next time I find some butternut squash.

  13. Leah | So, How's It Taste?

    Ha ha, such a cute story. Ah the minds of kids! I love butternut squash. Great idea to make it a sauce for pasta!

  14. Kathy

    Maybe I should forbid my kids to eat things and then they would eat the dinner I put in front of them! This looks delicious, by the way!

  15. Trinity

    Lol, out of the mouths of babes! 😉 I will have to try this, I will see about some whole wheat or whole grain pasta! Because my bum is a little chubby, but I am working on it also! Hahaaa, I love your blog!

  16. Christina Gathright

    Lol kids are too funny! And this pasta sounds perfect! Adding it to my fall menu list! Have you tried it cold by any chance?

  17. Tieghan

    Four year olds say the funniest things, but sometimes you wish they would not be so honest. LOL!!
    This looks awesome and I LOVE butternut squash. Perfect pasta dish!