Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta with Bacon

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This Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta is one of my favorite butternut squash recipes! Flavored with fresh sage and thyme, then garnished with salty bacon, this gluten free pasta recipe is luscious, healthy and absolutely addicting. The perfect quick dinner idea that screams fall comfort food!

Looking for more butternut squash recipes? Try my Roasted Butternut Squash Creamy Goat Cheese Pasta or my Creamy Butternut Squash Soup!

 

creamy butternut squash pasta with bacon in a bowl

An Easy and Delicious Butternut Squash Recipe

One of my favorite squashes to have in the fall is definitely butternut squash. It’s sweet, creamy, and slightly nutty. Which is why it is the perfect vehicle for a creamy Alfredo type sauce, I don’t know why I didn’t think of this until just now!

This Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta has fresh sage and thyme permeated throughout the butternut squash pasta sauce and is made even creamier with a touch of milk then blended together until it is silky smooth. To cut through some of the sweetness of the squash I finished this dish with a bit of crunchy bacon on top, the sweet salty combo and luscious flavors of this pasta will seriously leave you wanting more after every bite.

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How to make Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce?

I like to make my butternut squash pasta sauce more like a creamy alfredo sauce so I use the squash as my vehicle to make the sauce creamy. To make this sauce just follow the easy instructions below.

  1. In a large skillet add the butter and red onion. Sauté until slightly soft, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Next add in the garlic, sauté for 30 seconds, stir and add the butternut squash, chicken stock, sage, and thyme. Stir and cover. Cook until the butternut squash is fork tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. When the squash is tender, add the squash to a food processor along with the milk and salt to taste. Puree until smooth.

Can Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce Be frozen?

Because the pasta sauce has milk in it, I’d recommend not freezing the sauce. However, if you choose to freeze it, I would let the sauce thaw out and then add it back to the blender or food processor to try to create a smooth consistency again.

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creamy butternut squash pasta with bacon in a bowl

How to Make Butternut Squash Pasta

Cook gluten free pasta noodles according to directions. Drain and then add to above butternut squash pasta sauce. Gently toss the noodles to coat with sauce. Serve immediately and garnish with crunchy bacon and additional herbs.

bowl of creamy butternut squash pasta with bacon

This Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta is a great substitute for Mac & Cheese and gives you a fun fall taste! I guarantee the kids will love it and probably won’t even notice the difference. 

The best part of this pasta recipe is, it only take 30 minutes to make. Hola! Quick easy dinner recipes during the school year are my jam and this one is definitely on my go to list in the fall. It’s always a hit and super easy to make it! I cannot wait to hear what you think of this pasta recipe and what you think of the butternut squash sauce! 

Bon Appetit friends!

Other Butternut Squash Recipes to Try:

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Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta with Bacon

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Gluten Free, Pasta, Kid Friendly,
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta is one of my favorite butternut squash recipes! Flavored with fresh sage and thyme, then garnished with salty bacon, this gluten free pasta recipe is luscious, healthy and absolutely addicting. The perfect quick dinner idea that screams fall comfort food!


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Ingredients

  • 3 strips of applewood bacon
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup diced red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 cups butternut squash cubes
  • 1 cup low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon diced fresh sage
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon diced fresh thyme
  • 1 cup 2% milk (or almond milk)
  • salt to taste
  • 12 oz. box of gluten free thin spaghetti pasta

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet add the butter and red onion. Saute until slightly soft, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Next add in the garlic, saute for 30 seconds, stir and add the butternut squash, chicken stock, sage, and thyme. Stir and cover. Cook until the butternut squash is fork tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. When the squash is tender, add the squash to a food processor along with the milk and salt to taste. Puree until smooth.
  4. In the meantime heat a small skillet to medium high heat, add the diced bacon to the pan and saute until the bacon is crispy. About 4-5 minutes. When the bacon is done, place it on a paper towel lined plate to let the grease drain.
  5. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add gluten free pasta, cook according to directions, (6-8 minutes) do not overcook.
  6. Drain pasta and add butternut squash sauce to the pasta, gently toss together and top with crispy bacon. Serve!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 330
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Sodium: 128 mg
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 55 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 12 g
  • Cholesterol: 18 mg

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        1. You could make the sauce ahead of time, but I wouldn’t make the noodles. It will freeze fine, just make sure to let is thaw in the fridge overnight before use.

      1. Amy

        I’m planning on making this tonight. Looks delicious! Do you think if I make the sauce now and put in the fridge for a couple hours the sauce will stay just as good? Thanks!

      1. Laney Ellzey

        Hi, I am visiting your site through Pinterest. I don’t have a blogging account so I don’t know how to properly comment but i just wanted to say thank you for posting this. What you said in the beginning about living in a world that measures your worth by your performance. That really hit home. I found peace in what you said about being his “beloved daughter”. Just wanted to let you know that I needed to hear this. Thank you!!

        1. I got goosebumps reading this Laney. Thank you so much for stopping in to comment! It means the world and seriously so encouraging to hear that I am encouraging someone else by sharing what’s on my heart! You made my day!

  1. First of all, this pasta looks amazing! 🙂 So creamy & love the flavors! Second of all, I know all too well what you are talking about with the comparison & envy, especially when it comes to blogging. I am guilty of that as well from time to time :/ It is part of being human, but I hate the way that it makes me feel when I stoop to that.

    1. Amen to that! I think it’s always good to be aware of the areas where we are “not pretty” … it’s how we grow and become better people. 🙂

      Thanks Carrie, pumped you liked the recipe too!

      1. Jean

        How about a masher to mash it with? Currently back packing around NZ and have no access to anything electrical, but would love to try this recipie as it looks delicious, and uses veggies that are in season!
        Thanks

  2. Beth

    This was so delicious! I made this tonight (after roasting a butternut squash yesterday to prepare) and it was so creamy and good. My family is mostly dairy free so I used vegan butter and unsweetened almond milk. My picky 8 year-old even cleaned her plate, as long as she could have extra bacon sprinkled on.😉

  3. Jenny

    This looked great, but very disappointing! I don’t have time to waste posting comments, but wanted to let other busy mothers not to waste their time on this recipe! My 4 year old wouldn’t touch it.

    1. Else-Carine Risberg

      Hey Jenny,
      I do think that other busy mothers might have a better experience with this with their children and you seemed to with your 4 year old. It seems a bit unfair to suggest that every other child in the world might react as yours did? Just thinking that one should give something a try once and then maybe think that it just did not work for you but it might work for others…Perhaps your 4 year old is just not into squash yet. 🙂 Others have commented on how much their kids did enjoy it. Taste preferences are very subjective.

    2. Annie

      My 4 year old granddaughter loved this. My 6 year old granddaughter did not. She had peanut butter and jelly for dinner while the rest of us had pasta. My girls always loved squash and sweet potatoes, but other kids didn’t, so I guess it depends on the child and their dislikes. Out of 6 people, 5 of us liked it a lot, so I think that’s a pretty good percentage. I, incidentally, liked it very much, as did my celiac daughter who is somewhat limited by her dietary requirements. So, thanks for the recipe, and always remember, you are His beloved daughter, first and mostly importantly.

  4. This was SO DELICIOUS I could kiss you! Ever since having to give up dairy for health reasons Ive tried way too many “alfredo” recipes only to be left completely disappointed. I only tried this recipe because I have excess squash and figured why not.

    I used oil instead of butter and coconut milk (the creamy kind that comes from the can) instead of regular milk and it was DELICIOUS! Of course its not a full fat cream and butter alfredo but its close enough for me! The flavor is wonderful and the texture was perfect. I could easily eat this every day of the week! Thank you!!

    1. LOVE the coconut cream addition, it probably enhanced the natural sweetness of the squash. I need to try that! So glad you liked it Kim, it really is one of our favorites and my son chowed this pasta down!

    2. Karen

      Oh I’m so glad to see someone tried this with coconut milk and had great results! I recently went Paleo so no dairy for me. Thanks for posting!

      1. Else-Carine Risberg

        I freeze my squash soups all the time and no issues. They all have either milk, or nut milk or cream in them and I have never had a problem. Just sayin’

  5. Simone

    Oh my! This is amazing! My grocery store didn’t have a butternut squash so I used hokkaido pumpkin. It is so good! This will be my new favourite go to this fall season. Thank you for a great recipe. 🙂

  6. Tara

    Made this today and it was amazing. Used almond milk instead and more garlic, sauteed mushrooms instead of bacon. Going down in my fav pasta list❤️

      1. Amh

        Just wondering… After u sautée the quash with the herbs and ck stock do u add all of that to the blender or just pick out the squash?

  7. Bonnie

    I must say that this might be good if me and my family liked Thyme, that’s all we tasted although I didn’t have it fresh I had to use it out of a jar already ground,I’m wondering if I left it out if we would of liked it more.We do love the butternut.Thhe recipe looked so good though,Thank you for sharing 😊

    1. Did you decrease the amount of thyme since it was dry? Typically dry spices are much stronger so if you used the same quantity it would have been a very strong taste. But in either case you could definitely leave it out if it’s not your thing. 🙂 Better luck next time Bonnie! Thanks for stopping in and sharing!

  8. Else-Carine Risberg

    What is awesome about this recipe is that one can use this in more ways than this. I can slurp this just like soup. A thick rich creamy soup. I chose to make this in the slow cooker though as we are still not into our new kitchen. It takes longer doing it this way, but seems it is going to be just as tasty. Haven’t tasted it as a pasta sauce yet, but have been “taste testing” as I have been getting it completed. (multi-tasking since I have been making more things than just this today so yes, things have been somewhat slow going). It looks delectable and smells wonderful. I did do some modifications though since I did not have everything required – ie the applewood bacon, or the total amount of milk – used PC thick sliced smoked bacon and a mix of coconut milk and milk in the place of those. Also I misread fresh herbs and used dried so cut back on how much of them to use and of course that might change the end flavour some. Hubby prefers a bit of spicy to his pasta sauces so he will be doctoring up a portion of the amount I made. I did get a 5 liter slow cooker full using what was in the recipe in terms of ingredients.

    I decided to rate it already since I love the idea of the type of sauce combined with pasta (I am going to be using Spaghetti Squash in place of traditional pasta since it has such fewer calories for me) and because the taste testing has been amazing. HAS to be 5 star just based on that flavour! Can’t wait to use y spaghetti squash with it.

    1. LOVE the modifications you made to make it yours and work with what you had on hand. The bacon isn’t that big of a deal but the coconut milk substitution would be fabulous! Thank you so much for coming and sharing your feedback Else-Carine!

  9. Brooke

    Would this recipe still work ifI subbed a non-dairy milk and butter alternative? Thoughts, anyone? Also, what non-dairy milk would be the creamiest option, if anyone knows — soy, almond, cashew?

    Thanks in advance for the opinions! 🙂

    1. hey Brooke, you could definitely sub non-dairy milk. I would use coconut milk (from the can, you can find it in the asian food aisle) if I was going to sub it, or almond.

  10. Prairiesongs

    Thank you, Krista, for your inspiring post about identity, pride, performance. It is for all of those reasons, in addition to the judgmental factor, that I deleted my facebook account last year. I hated what FB was bringing out in me; I didn’t want to be that person. It’s funny how things can be portals in a way. For i.e… for me, FB turned out to be a portal that brought out many ugly thought patterns, comparing myself..for better or worse, with others. I can accept that they still lurk in me..below the surface..but I choose to remove the portal that encourages them. There is more value in that for me than the positives of FB. I can’t tell you how freeing that decision has been.. I like people again! 🙂 Thank you, also, for your recipe. It’s looks delicious and I will be hopeful to cook it soon. If I flub it up, at least there will be bacon to eat in the least.

    1. haha… so true.. Bacon solves everything! 🙂

      Thank you so much for the encouraging comment! You are so right, sometimes social media can be fun and we get to connect with people in a different way but sometimes it brings out a side of us that we don’t like and leaves us feeling empty or depressed. When I put guidelines on when I can use it it turns out so much better for me! 🙂

  11. Britta

    Thank you for an amazing recipe! The flavor is wonderful and practically screams “I am the flavor of Autumn!!!” YUM! And you can’t go wrong with bacon. My family loved it! My boys (3 1/2 years and 1 1/2 years old) devoured their servings. I will be making this again.

  12. Erin

    This was absolutely delicious! I added cinnamon and ginger to make it a bit sweeter and give it more autumn notes. This was the first time handling a butternut squash and wound up with its sap stuck to my hands like glue drying. I tried washing it off but nothing seemed to work until I decided to try a makeup remover pad and it came off easy peasy Incase anyone else has this problem!

    1. That is so weird. I’ve never had that happen with the sap sticking to my hands. But so glad that you liked the dish Erin, and that ginger and cinnamon are perfect additions. I need to try it next time I make this! YUM! 🙂

  13. Sara

    I am in the middle of making this and it’s really runny. I used frozen butternut squash cubes instead of fresh. Not sure gay matters but help! How can I make it thicken up?! 🙂

    1. Yes, the frozen is gonna give off more liquid because it thawing out as you cook it. Use fresh next time or thaw it before cooking it. As far as thickening it up I would maybe add some a tablespoon of cornstarch mix it with water and then add it to the sauce. That should help.

      1. Nae

        I had the same issue with it being very runny, even though I used fresh squash. I ended up putting it back into the skillet after blending to reduce it a bit, which did the trick nicely. This recipe is SO. GOOD.

  14. Saamantha

    This is so delicious! I used coconut oil and coconut milk instead of the dairy products, and it still turned out smooth and creamy. I had to stop eating tomatoes, and I have been looking for a new pasta sauce since then. I am also gluten and dairy free, which makes things more complicated. This is going in regular rotation effective immediately.

    1. Hurray! The coconut milk was probably awesome in this and probably gave a nice sweetness. So glad you found a replacement sauce for tomatoes.. I know that can be hard and then you add the gluten and dairy restrictions on top. GURL!!! This pasta + bacon … answer to prayers. 🙂

  15. Well, I love the recipe idea and can’t wait to try it! I must say that I really appreciate your post content regarding pride and performance. I thank you for your honesty and can totally relate! Gotta love how God reveals stuff like that to us. 🙂

    1. Ohh… thank you so much Aubrey! That means the world. I like to write as if I was talking to a friend over coffee, so glad that you felt that. 🙂 And yes, God is so good to reveal stuff like that to us!

      Enjoy the dish girl!

  16. Katie

    Hello! Can’t wait to try this. My grocery store is out of fresh thyme. Do you think a smaller amount a dried thyme would drastically affect the taste? Thank you!

    1. I know, it’s that time of year where it’s usually sold out. 🙁 No, I don’t think the dried thyme will make a huge difference. But yes I would definitely use less if you’re using dried. 🙂 Hope you like it Katie!

  17. Rachel

    Man, I popped on here from Pinterest just looking for a way to cook butternut squash for dinner, but got a helping of truth and encouragement. Wow. God is good. Thanks for being venerable and speaking truth.

    1. Ohhh hurray! That makes my heart happy Rachel! Good food for the belly and soul is my goal. 🙂 Thanks for popping in and encouraging me! So good to hear that people actually read it!

  18. Can’t wait to try this, and wanted to share this quote with you:

    “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”

    Just bloom and bring your beauty, light and joy to the world. We can never have too much of that. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, words and recipes!

  19. Helen Langer

    This recipe looks wonderful. I had an abundance of butternut squash so I froze it raw and then thawed it out and it was mushy. I threw that batch out but still kept most of it in the freezer (not willing to give up). So my question is can frozen butternut squash be used in this recipe and in others in place of unfrozen? Thanks for the recipe and hopefully an answer.

  20. Chloe Langer

    I just want to say how thankful I am for you being honest in this post. It’s a pure blessing and miracle God brought me to look at your page. I stumbled across it via Pinterest, and I am so glad I did. I NEEDED to hear your words, talking about pride, performance, if I don’t measure up I tend to base my worth out of that and then it leads to shame. I’ve been stuck in a place of feeling absolute shame, and not worthy enough, questioning will I ever measure up, will I ever be enough. I needed to be reminded that I AM enough, God says it and that’s final. We do live in a society that bases our worth on our performance, and it’s absolutely horrid. Somehow I’ve fallen into that trap though, I’ve bought the lie and believed that if I don’t perform well today in eating, or exercising, or getting chores done, I’m a failure and not worthy. That’s not truth at all, and your words reminded me of that. I’m so thankful to the Lord for bringing me here to read this. Thank you for being vulnerable and honest, it’s what this world needs. .

    1. I love how God works and tells us exactly what we need to hear exactly at the time we need it! Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing your story. We all go through those feelings and I think sharing our stories brings those lies to the light and exposes them for what they are. Lies! Love ya sweet sister! 🙂

  21. karen

    I don’t understand why the recipe says cubes, but picture shows noodles. Please respond. I read all the comments and no one else seemed to ask. I have a spiralizer and would like to try this delicious looking recipe.

    1. Hey Karen, the cubes are meant to be sauteed and then pureed because the butternut squash is turned into a puree. Once the sauce it made it is then tossed in gluten free noodles. If you would like to use zucchini noodles instead then you can definitely do that. It is all explained in the directions. Hope that makes more sense now.

  22. Alyssa

    About how many cups’ worth of puréed/smashed butternut squash would I need for this? I made son he other day and froze it for soup at some point, but this sounds delicious. Might sub in some kind of “veggie noodles” to make it even healthier!

    Thank you for the inspiration–both in food and in life! (They’re almost one in the same, I know. ;D)

  23. Janna

    This looks so yummy! I might try this at my next dinner party. Just out of curiosity,!what type of sides do you normally serve with this dish? I’ve never cooked anything with butternut squash before, so I’m not sure what would pair. Thank you!

  24. Dakota

    Made this today it was great! we are dairy free and substituted unsweetened coconut milk also added some sweet Italian sausage. This turned out great a wonderful fall meal. The only thing I would wish for was maybe spinach or some veggie added and a pasta substitute. Thank you for this unique creamy pasta dish that was easily made dairy free!

  25. Verena Beckel

    I found this recipe this morning and thought it looked yummy. However your thoughts of pride before hand where spiritually rich and wonderful. Both my husband and I have been thinking and searching our lives for pride. It’s everywhere and affects everything. Your thoughts encouraged me to keep thinking and digging for more places it hides in my heart
    I hope you don’t mind I posted this page on my Facebook cooking page. I wants to share The while post not just the recipe. It’s Barefoot Country Cookin. I just give ideas for supper every night.

  26. Claudia Gutierrez

    Came for the recipe (cuz WOW pictures) stayed for the lesson on pride. As a practicing Buddhist – YES, GIRL, PREACH. Pride is so incredibly destructive. I struggle with it immensely and it brings nothing but agony. In Dharma teachings, it is actually one of the causes of depression. It says “You should be like this – but you aren’t, so you suck”. Every time you strive to become a little bit better and aspire to that lofty ideal, pride raises the bar yet again, shaming you for your inability to keep up.

    I rejoice at your virtuous realization that the deluded mind of pride is not your friend and for bravely sharing your thoughts with others.

  27. alyson foy

    Very yummy. I need to use less liquid or try adfing the cornstarch as mine came out very runny as well. I used ground turkey instead of bacon and put it over zuccinni noodles. Will definitely be making again. Can’t wait to eat my leftovers later this week.

  28. Sarah

    I was just reading this post and can’t tell you enough how blessed and encouraged I was after reading your reflections about “success” and society. Thank you for being real and honest. I just had a friend over for lunch today, and we were just talking about this exact thing. I texted her the link to this page so she could read your post, also. I also can’t wait to make this yummy recipe. I’m amazed how God speaks to us in the very moments we need encouragement. Thank you again for posting!! 😊

    Sarah K.

  29. Jennifer

    Hi, Thank you for the inspiration! I made this vegan and it was delicious. Wow!!! I am just wondering why you would add bacon, which is a class 1 carcinogenic to the pasta. I am all for the splurge and do daily (dark chocolate, wine, coconut ice cream to name a few) but things that are actually bad for us I try to stay away from. I do understand that many people don’t even know this to be true!! Thank you!

    1. Hey Jennifer, so glad you liked it. I added the bacon for a nice little crunch and saltiness. I don’t do it often but sometimes we all need a little bacon … or chocolate .. or ice cream in our life. 🙂

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