Two things that make this recipe uber dope:
1. I’m NOT kidding in that it only takes you 20 minutes to make. Unless you reallyyyyy suck at peeling squash, then maybe add on another 10.
2. You only need one pot to make this recipe, so your washing up is basically none existent.
Truth be told, I had peeled my squash beforehand, cubed it, and kept it in a container in my fridge. It was actually such a smart plan and make my life sooo easy whenever I wanted to add it to a recipe (such as this One Pot Butternut Squash Pasta!)
I also have a little hack for peeling squash that you guys will tertally be into, as peeling squash is basically the equivalent of a 1 hour long arm workout. One word: MICROWAVES.
First you have to stab your squash a few times with a fork or a knife – this ensures that it won’t explode all over your microwave (at least it hasn’t for me yet). Place it on a plate, and put your squash in the microwave for about 3-4 minutes, depending on its size.
Allow it to cool for at least 10 minutes, as it will be quite hot. You may find that the bottom of the squash starts to get a little soft and mushy, but for the most part it will still be quite raw and firm. Once cooled, the peel will be MUCH softer, and the process will go much quicker. All you have to do from there is scoop out the seeds, cube it, cook and/or store it for later!
SO – back to this One Pot Butternut Squash Pasta:
You’ll be able to make it super quickly, because you are able to do two things at once. While the water for the pasta is boiling, you can peel and cube the butternut squash. As the pasta is cooking, you then chop the spinach, walnuts, red onion and garlic. You also have to allow the squash and broth to boil for 8 or so minutes, which gives you time to clean up the kitchen a bit and have a glass of wine! For all your hard work.
This pasta is creamy, but not over the top creamy – it uses only 2 tablespoons of goat cheese, and makes a world of difference. The chili flakes add a little bit of heat, while the spinach and squash add vitamins and nutrients.
The only thing this pasta is lacking is protein (minus the walnuts), but you can most definitely add a chicken breast, tuna or white beans.
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