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Fresh Fall Recipes: Nutritious Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

Fresh Fall Recipes: Nutritious Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

Recipe by: @athomewithastghik 

Butternut squash reminds me of Fall. One good way to incorporate butternut squash into your little one’s meal is to turn it into a sauce and mix it in with pasta.

Ingredients:

💛 1 butternut squash (about 2-2.5 pounds), roasted and puréed
💛 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
💛 2 tablespoons oil, I used avocado oil
💛 1/2 cup diced onion, from about 1/2 of an onion
💛 1 garlic clove, minced
💛 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
💛 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
💛 1/4 cup cilantro, finely diced
💛 1/4 cup spinach, finely diced
💛 1 teaspoon salt (may leave the salt out from your little one’s portion, if desired)
💛 1 pound pasta, cooked and water drained (I used spaghetti)

Method

How to roast the butternut squash:

🔸 Preheat the oven to 400F
🔸 Scrub clean the exterior of the butternut squash and pat dry.
🔸 Carefully cut it in half (lengthwise) and remove the seeds with a spoon
🔸 Spray avocado oil or any oil
🔸 Place the Butternut Squash (cut side up) on a baking sheet lined with unbleached parchment paper
🔸 Roast until fork-tender, about 45-50 minutes
🔸 Once cooled, remove the skin and cut the squash into chunks
🔸 Add the butternut squash chunks and the chicken broth to a food processor and blend until it’s puréed. Set it aside.

butternut squash pasta sauce on toddler fork

How to make the sauce:

🔸 To a saucepan, add the oil and allow it to get hot. Add the diced onion and sauté for 2-3 minutes.Next, add the minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds.

🔸 Add the butternut squash purée and mix to combine it with the onions and garlic.

🔸 Bring the mixture up to a boil. Once it comes to a boil, cover it with a lid and allow it to cook/boil or simmer on low for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

Note: the mixture will start to bubble.

🔸 Add the salt and mix to combine. Also, add the Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, cilantro, and spinach. Mix to combine.

🔸 Pour the sauce over the cooked and drained pasta, mix to combine, cover the pot with a lid and allow it to sit (off the heat) for 5 minutes.

🔸 Allow it to cool, cut the pasta into smaller pieces if needed and serve.


I served it with a side of shredded roasted chicken and steamed broccoli.

 toddler plate with butternut squash pasta sauce in it

If you enjoyed this cool weather recipe, you might try this delicious warming One-Pot Potato Soup, and be sure to stay tuned for more fresh fall recipes! 

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