butternut squash and walnut pasta

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now that the boxes are unpacked and the kitchen is stocked, we can get back to some of ghtr’s usuals.  i feel like it’s been ages since i’ve been able to share a recipe with you!  our lovely neighbor gave us a gigantic butternut squash last week, and i’ve been using it for quite a few meals- and this one is a keeper.  it’s the best pasta i’ve ever made.  the best..? yes, yes, the best.

butternut squash and walnut pasta

this meal envelops you with the season’s best.  i served it with an easy apple crisp for dessert and felt that fall had officially arrived.  it’s so rich, different and comforting- it warms you up from the inside out!

ingredients:

  • – 1/2 lb whole wheat pasta
  • – 1 butternut squash (about 3 cups), skinned and cubed
  • – 3/4 cup of finely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • – 2 cups of fresh spinach
  • – 1/4 cup honey
  • – 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • – 4 tbs olive oil
  • – salt and pepper to taste
  • – 2 cloves of garlic, minced

butternut squash and walnut pasta

directions:

preheat oven to 425F. place the butternut squash in a bowl and toss with 2 tbs olive oil, honey, salt and pepper.  place on a pan and roast in the oven until tender; about 40 mins.  meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta, reserving 1 cup of the salted water after the pasta is finished.  in a pan, saute the garlic in the remaining 2 tbs of olive oil until fragrant, about 1 minute.  add the butternut squash, walnuts, nutritional yeast and spinach and cook until the spinach has wilted.  add the 1 cup of reserved pasta water.  add the pasta and toss to cover- serve and enjoy!

Comments

  • Mmmm, sounds delicious!

  • reading this post on an empty stomach is so not a good idea. this looks so good!

  • Oh, yummy this looks good! I love butternut squash, it’s great to use instead of pumpkin in pie, too….but my fav recipe is this butternut squash and sage lasagna from Martha Stewart http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/butternut-squash-and-sage-lasagna YUM!!

    • oh jenny, that sounds sooo good! will be making that one next!

  • This looks delicious. I’ve actually never tried squash. I was raised in a meat and potatoes and chocolate family, but they’re on my list of to-try-vegetables.

    • oh, you have to try it! ALL squash is delish!

  • seriously just printed this and I am making it tonight! love butternut squash!!! YUM. thanks!

    • hey jenn! did you end up making it? let me know how it turned out!

  • ended up running too many errands after work! I am making it tomorrow night though, for sure. will let you know!

  • oh my. i will certainly make it. this is the best pasta recipe i have seen in a while.

  • made it! DELICIOUS!!! my husband loved it so much he stuffed himself almost to the point of feeling sick! thanks again for the recipe…it is a keeper!

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