Easy Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta {30 minute meal}

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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Easy Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta {30 minute meal}

An easy and downright delicious pasta that is basically just veggies!

Yield: 4 servings

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound short cut pasta
  • 3 lb. butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups chicken 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

Directions:

  1. 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.

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  1. 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!

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  2. 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?

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  3. 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!

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  4. 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!

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

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  6. I doubt your bum looks chubby! I bet you look fabulous! This pasta looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it!

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  7. 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!

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  8. 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!!

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  9. 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!

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  10. 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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  11. Can’t wait to make this, it looks soo good.

    Also, chubby bums are glorious! (So long as it doesn’t get too out of hand!)

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  12. 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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  13. 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.

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