There's nothing my daughter loves more than pasta with cheese sauce but I like to try to make her favorite foods more healthy and nutritious. This pasta sauce is so creamy and delicious it will become a family favorite fast!
Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta
serves 4 to 6
Variations: Serve with grilled or sauteed chicken for a complete meal.
- 1/2 pound uncooked pasta or 4 cups cooked pasta
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup butternut squash puree
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Cook uncooked pasta according to package directions. Strain.
In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth, about 1 minute. Slowly add milk while whisking and bring to a simmer. Simmer while stirring occasionally until the milk has thickened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add butternut squash puree, cheese, salt, and pepper. Stir and simmer until mixture is smooth and thick, about 3 more minutes.
In a bowl, pour the sauce over the cooked pasta and stir until pasta is covered with the sauce. Taste and add any additional salt and pepper, if needed. Serve.
Butternut squash puree can be found at most major grocery stores. You can also make it home by simply roasting a butternut squash that has been cut in half and seeds discarded. Place the squash face down in a baking dish and roast for 45 minutes until tender in 425°F oven. Remove the squash by scooping it out of the skin with a spoon and place it in a food processor or blender to puree or place in a bowl and mash with a fork until smooth.