Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

A quick and simple pasta dish that is cheesy and made with a seasonal ingredient– butternut squash!  A healthier alternative that the family will love!Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

Hey everyone!! How was your Thanksgiving?! I hope it was filled with lots of great food and family/friends!

Today I’ve got a great pasta to make this weekend while you are (hopefully) relaxing and enjoying some leftovers or trying to keep things simple in the kitchen! This pasta dish is very simple and quick to make using a great seasonal ingredient — butternut squash!

To cut down on prep even more, you could buy a pre-peeled and chopped butternut squash. Then this dish would come together even quicker. Once that squash is all prepped, you just boil the squash until tender and then blend it with a few ingredients, toss it with cooked noodles, and voila: a healthy and delicious dinner in a flash!


Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta 2

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Butternut Squash Pasta
  • 1 and ½ cups macaroni noodles, uncooked
  • 3-4 cups cubed butternut squash, peeled and de-seeded
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • ¾ cup 1% milk
  • 1 and ¼ cup cheese, I used sharp cheddar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Optional: fresh parsley
  1. Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium low heat.
  3. Meanwhile, peel the butternut squash and remove the seeds. Cut into large chunks.
  4. Boil the squash until completely tender and then drain. Place the squash in the blender with the butter, lots of salt, pepper, broth, paprika, and milk.
  5. Pulse until smooth.
  6. Pour the sauce over the cooked noodles and add the cheese. Stir until melted.
  7. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve with parsley if desired.

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Chelsea Lords

Chelsea is the blogger behind Chelsea's Messy Apron.She is always experimenting in the kitchen and making new things to eat."Or I am in the kitchen eating.Both are good."She tries to eat a balanced diet of healthful foods, but she loves desserts.You will find most of her recipes are healthy and easy, but still taste great!She has found that eating is all about balance and she hopes that that is the case on her site!

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  1. Would the flavours work with an acorn squash?

  2. Erica Cruz says:

    Im not the biggest fan of squash..hows the taste of this? is it neutral with the cheese?

    • I have made this many times, it is a slightly sweet taste, but not overpowering. The squash goes very well with cheddar. It’s very good!

  3. I make a recipe very similar to this, but I use the frozen squash puree. It works quite well. For anyone not a fan of squash, no one I have ever served this to has noticed any squash flavor.

  4. This is a great recipe that I will make again. The butternut squash can be very bland though, so sharp/old cheese is a must! I opted to partially microwave my squash first, to make it easier to cube, and I cooked the squash in a skillet rather than boiling it.

  5. Made the cheesy butternut squash pasta, i loved it. Used gluten free penne pasta and coconut milk and kosher salt. Completely satisfying. Will definitely make again

  6. Amanda T. says:

    This was absolutely delicious! I held about half a cup of the puree back because I thought the consistency was perfect. I was pleasantly surprised at its silky, smooth texture. Using extra sharp Cabot cheddar made the squash totally undetectable. Thanks for another great recipe!

  7. This recipe WILL definitely be making a recurring appearance at our home! Even my very picky son thought it was tasty! I used a corn/quinoa pasta, cashew milk, and also held back some of the sauce as the consistency was perfect. The extra “sauce” is now a single serving of butternut squash soup! Thank you so much for sharing!

  8. Mack W. says:

    Planning on making this for a potluck. How many servings does it make?


  9. Katie H. says:

    How many does this serve? Can I serve as a main dish? I have a family of 3. It just seems like 1.5 cups of pasta won’t make very much. I could always double the recipe if need be.

    • 1 cup of uncooked pasta should yield about 2 cups cooked, so I would expect it to be about 3 cups. As a main dish, I’d say that only serves two people. As a side dish, probably four people.

  10. Lisa Cortese says:

    Does this sauce freeze well?

  11. How many lbs is 3-4 cups cubed butternut squash.

  12. Made this a week ago for family and lots of little ones. We all loved it and wanted more. We will definitely make this again.

  13. The flavor of this mac and cheese was really good! My boys who won’t touch butternut squash came back for seconds and thirds. My only complaint was that the sauce was so thin nearly watery, I ended up having to add more macaroni. Next time, I think I will leave out the vegetable broth.

  14. Mari Dominguez says:

    Too bland even with sharp cheddar cheese.

  15. I found this to be a tad bland. Adding 1 Tbsp cinnamon and dash of nutmeg really helped brighten the flavors.

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