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20 Minute One Pot Butternut Squash Pasta

20 Minute One Pot Butternut Squash Pasta

Two things that make this recipe uber dope:

This delicious One Pot Butternut Squash Pasta takes only 20 minutes to make, and can be made all in one pot! The goats cheese, walnuts, chili flakes and spinach add tons of flavor and the perfect amount of creaminess.

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.

This delicious One Pot Butternut Squash Pasta takes only 20 minutes to make, and can be made all in one pot! The goats cheese, walnuts, chili flakes and spinach add tons of flavor and the perfect amount of creaminess.

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:

This delicious One Pot Butternut Squash Pasta takes only 20 minutes to make, and can be made all in one pot! The goats cheese, walnuts, chili flakes and spinach add tons of flavor and the perfect amount of creaminess.

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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This delicious One Pot Butternut Squash Pasta takes only 20 minutes to make, and can be made all in one pot! The goats cheese, walnuts, chili flakes and spinach add tons of flavor and the perfect amount of creaminess.

This delicious pasta takes only 20 minutes to make, and can be made all in one pot! The goats cheese, walnuts, chili flakes and spinach add tons of flavor and the perfect amount of creaminess.
20 Minute One Pot Butternut Squash Pasta
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This delicious pasta takes only 20 minutes to make, and can be made all in one pot! The goats cheese, walnuts, chili flakes and spinach add tons of flavor and the perfect amount of creaminess.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 12 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 12 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
This delicious pasta takes only 20 minutes to make, and can be made all in one pot! The goats cheese, walnuts, chili flakes and spinach add tons of flavor and the perfect amount of creaminess.
20 Minute One Pot Butternut Squash Pasta
Print Recipe
This delicious pasta takes only 20 minutes to make, and can be made all in one pot! The goats cheese, walnuts, chili flakes and spinach add tons of flavor and the perfect amount of creaminess.
Servings Prep Time
2 people 12 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 12 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 butternut squash peeled and cubed (see post on how to peel quickly)
  • 2 cups pasta I used fusilli
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 quarter red onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup spinach chopped
  • 1/4 cup walnuts crushed
  • 2 tbsp goats cheese
  • 1 tbsp red chili flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Boil water for pasta, and while it is heating up, peel and cube the squash. Place the pasta in the boiling water. As that is cooking, chop the spinach, walnuts, red onion and garlic.
  2. Move the pasta to another bowl and keep warm. Add oil to the pot, and add the red onion, garlic and saute for 5 minutes
  3. Add the broth, squash, chili flakes, and salt and pepper. Cook for 8 minutes, or until the squash is soft. Add the spinach and walnuts in for the last minute.
  4. Stir in the goats cheese and pasta until thoroughly combined and creamy!

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  1. Jen

    15 November

    Sounds DELicious and so simple. I loathe peeling butternut squash, so I’m totally stealing the miscrowave idea!!

  2. Virjinia

    16 November

    I love simple recipes and ways to incorporate veggies! I’ve pinned this and definitely trying this out soon!

  3. I just cook the whole thing in there bc I’m an extra step of lazy 😉

  4. Jess @hellotofit

    18 November

    Cutting raw squash makes me question my life and if I’m willing to put myself in danger lol. I need to use the microwave for it! P.S. this recipe is making my mouth water. I’m hungry 😛

  5. Emily Weir

    18 November

    I’ve only used squash once in a recipe because it was too difficult to repeat, but microwaving it beforehand might be the game changer I needed. And one pot recipes are my jam!

  6. I’m always lazy with butternut and just wait for it to be on sale (pre-cut chunks) from the store 😉 Haha!

  7. Shut yo face. 20 minutes?! Making this with GF pasta and slamming it. After I send you my Christmas card 😉

  8. Liv @ Healthy Liv

    20 November

    this looks so yummy, bev! peeling butternut squash can be such a pain so i love your tip. one store near me sells 2 lbs of precut butternut squash for $4 which is slightly more than the whole kind (but not even much since the whole squash includes the weight of the peelings) so if i go to that store, i always get the precut kind. but will definitely keep that peeling tip in mind for future whole squash, too!

  9. balancedberry

    21 November

    I need to try this hack! Everytime I try to cut and peel butternut squash I nearly lose a finger – which is why I always buy pre-cut. But I’m ballin on a budget, so I need to get on the microwave tip

  10. Sana Waheed

    21 November

    yes to the goat cheese! I can’t get enough of it! Also, I buy my squash pre chopped. No judgement! http://www.supersana.com

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