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Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta


This butternut squash pasta dish with spinach and Parmesan is a great vegetarian option.

Prep Time:15 mins

Cook Time:20 mins

Total Time:35 mins



  • 1 (16 ounce) package ziti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons rubbed dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, or more to taste
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add ziti pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, 10 to 11 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add squash and sauté until fork-tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Add garlic, sage, and thyme; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Fold in cream and spinach; bring to a simmer. Add 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. Add ziti and toss until evenly coated. Cook until sauce has thickened, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Divide between 8 bowls. Top with walnuts and more Parmesan.

Nutrition Facts

total fat 21g 
saturated fat 11g 
cholesterol 53mg 
sodium 87mg 
total carbohydrate 26g 
dietary fiber 4g 
total sugars 3g 
protein 7g 
vitamin c 11mg 
calcium 122mg 
iron 2mg 
potassium 343mg

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