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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 in a pot being stirred by a spoon.

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 adding sauce to the noodles in a pot.

More dinner recipes from Chelsea’s Messy Apron:

Crockpot Sweet Potato, Chicken, and Quinoa Soup, Crockpot Quinoa Chicken Parmesan Soup, Crockpot Tortellini Lasagna Soup, Crockpot Mexican Tortilla Chicken and Quinoa Soup

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Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

5 from 4 votes
By: Chelsea Lords
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 Serving


  • 1 and 1/2 cups macaroni noodles uncooked
  • 3-4 cups cubed butternut squash peeled and de-seeded
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 3/4 cup 1% milk
  • 1 and 1/4 cup cheese I used sharp cheddar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Optional: fresh parsley


  • Cook the macaroni according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat the butter in a skillet over medium low heat.
  • Meanwhile, peel the butternut squash and remove the seeds. Cut into large chunks.
  • 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.
  • Pulse until smooth.
  • Pour the sauce over the cooked noodles and add the cheese. Stir until melted.
  • Add more salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with parsley if desired.


Calories: 121kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 144mgPotassium: 447mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 11732IUVitamin C: 22mgCalcium: 106mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian American
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About 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. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. We’re making it tonight for the third time. We add cut up chicken sausage for a little something extra.

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe numerous times and my family loves it. My kids hate squash but actually request this dish. We usually add some smoked turkey sausage to make it a meal. Very good!

  3. This tasted great! Unfortunately I was planning to make it ahead and warm it in the oven after we all got home from swimming, but the texture doesn’t it lend itself to that well – it’s definitely best when it’s freshly made. I did 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp onion powder since my family is used to onion and garlic in our mac and cheese but left everything else as is. It also made extra sauce, so I’ve saved some for another time 🙂 Thanks!

  4. Just made it for lunch for myself and my two teens kids…they love it!! I added with the sharp cheddar some Mexican cheese…so gooey and cheesy.

  5. I am on a Low Fodmap diet from my doctor and this recipe is already low fodmap which was great and an easy way for me to get my veggies in. I subbed for gluten-free Brailla elbow noodles and used lactose-free milk. Also, I added some garlic infused olive oil to the butternut squash puree before putting it into the noodles. I added some more veggies to make it more of a complete meal with zucchini, green onion tops, and kale. Man is this dish delicious. I have really been missing some foods and was so happy to come across a recipe that I didn’t have to substitute much to make low fodmap.

    1. That is SO great to hear! I am happy that it all worked out for you and you could make it your own. Thanks so much for sharing! XOXO

    1. YAY! That is great to hear! I am so glad that you both enjoyed it! Thank you so much for sharing and following along with me! XOXO

    1. That sounds delicious! I haven’t tried it with pumpkin but that sounds like a great substitution! Let me know what you think! XOXO