This Butternut Squash Pasta Bake is a great weeknight meal dinner! It’s loaded with protein, has a divine butternut squash pasta sauce and tastes absolutely delicious!
If you follow me on Instagram, then you definitely saw the making of this insane Butternut Squash Pasta Bake. I got an overwhelming response from you guys about how badly you wanted to try this and I’m happy to say – it’s finally here. Today is National Pasta Day – woohoo, so it was the BEST day to share this with you! This pasta bake is easy, and has straight forward steps that are so worth it. By the way, this tastes even better as leftovers.
This butternut squash pasta bake has some divine, base ingredients. A creamy pasta sauce made of the butternut squash itself, which is turned into a kind of Alfredo sauce. Honestly, this recipe wins from this alone. Of course I needed to amp up the bake by adding oven roasted/caramelised onions, tomatoes and mushrooms. I then added in cheese, kale and topped the whole thing with breadcrumbs and baked it again. Oh, and of course we need to speak about the most important ingredient in the whole dish.
The pasta. Yes, friends. I have a surprise for you – I used Chickapea Pasta’s amazing gluten free pasta for this bake. I also have ANOTHER surprise for you – there’s an amazing giveaway at the end of the post! So, I don’t mean to brag, but *brags* the Mr. has been gobbling this up. He is not a huge gluten free pasta fan, he’s a regular pasta fan – and he is LOVING Chickapea Pasta. That’s the only compliment that I needed. Chickapea’s Pasta is made from only 2 ingredients – chickpeas and lentils. Nothing else so it’s all natural which you know I love. It’s also organic, vegan, kosher and non-GMO. As you probably know I’ve been integrating way more lentils on the blog so that part really caught my attention. I love that this pasta is loaded with protein, 27g in each serving (insane) so you can have a great pasta, and be filled thanks to the protein and the 13g fibre.
So, that butternut squash sauce. I love butternut squash. I’ve used it quite a few times on my blog before: in a soup, oh, in soup again, in pasta…I’m sensing a pattern. When butternut squash is cooked, it is so soft and creamy that it adapts well to anything that needs that texture. Here, I roasted the butternut squash in the oven. It adds more flavour than boiling it, and means you don’t have to stand over the stove watching it. In fact, the onions, butternut squash, tomatoes and mushrooms are all roasted at the same time. Talk about time saver AND flavour heaven! Your kitchen is perfumed with the aromatics of each of these. Honestly, the second they came out I popped a hot roasted tomato into my mouth. Then a piece of butternut squash. Okay, about 5 pieces, but who’s counting? Let’s pretend I didn’t eat ¼ of the mushrooms too. I couldn’t wait to taste the pasta sauce after this.
After adding the Chickapea Pasta, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms to my casserole dish, I poured that divine sauce over the top. It honestly is so good and so easy to whip up in my Vitamix. Look at that gorgeous swirl – my Vitamix blended everything so smoothly that I practically wanted to DRINK this sauce!
After that it’s add some cheese, kale, breadcrumb topping, and then bake. The butternut squash pasta bake is so divine, so delicious and so filling. I’ve been adding it to every meal and it seems to be getting better and better everyday in the fridge, so leftovers are so good from this. Also, it’s so easy to reheat, so know your family will be enjoying this for days.
Oh, hey there again friends! It’s the holiday season so you know a giveaway is in order! I teamed up with Chickapea Pasta and Vitamix to give away an amazing Vitamix, a case of Chickapea pasta, and a lot of other amazing things in their prize pack! I used a Vitamix to make my sauce, and I absolutely love it, so I guarantee it’s the best option for making this pasta bake.
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This post was sponsored by Chickapea Pasta who has collaborated with these amazing brands to bring you this great giveaway. All opinions are 100% mine. Thanks so much for supporting brands that support Jessica in the Kitchen!
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