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!

 

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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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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.

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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 Prep Time: 5 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 25 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 30 mins
  • yield Yield: 6 1x
  • category Category: Gluten Free, Pasta, Kid Friendly,
  • method Method: Stove
  • cuisine 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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123 Responses
  1. 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. Krista

      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. 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. Victor

    We fell in love with quinoa pasta and I found your your post when looking for more recipes. Loved it! We are also big on butternut squash.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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)

  10. 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. Krista

      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.

  11. 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. Krista

      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! 🙂

  12. 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.

  13. Christine Adler

    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!

  14. Janette

    This looks so creamy and delicious! I don’t eat many pasta dishes but this one is definitely going on the list. Thanks for the recipe!

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