Gluten Free Creamy Butternut Squash Penne

Gluten Free “Creamy” Butternut Squash Pasta Recipe

There are times when we need something restorative and soul soothing – like a big bowl of pasta with a creamy sauce.

The other day was one of those times for me. It was also one of those times when I needed to make do with what was already in my pantry or fridge – no time or energy to run to the store; barely enough energy to eat, let alone cook. I needed something simple but I also needed something that felt sort of special.

This pasta with creamy butternut squash turned out to be just the thing; comforting, filling, simple and yes – special. It seems and tastes indulgent, yet there is nothing in here that is bad for you! In fact, the pasta I used is Pastato Gluten Free fortified penne which is a potato, rice, and quinoa pasta fortified with flax, psyllium and all sorts of vitamins and minerals. I just love it when indulgent is good for you, too!

I really love that the sauce for this pasta is so rich and creamy, yet it doesn’t have a lick of cream in it. I did throw in some Parmesan but to keep it dairy-free, use nutritional yeast instead.

The walnuts and dried cranberries may seem an unusual touch but trust me – it really made this dish sing, added some crunch and color, and made it so pretty!

Next time you are looking for an indulgent, creamy bowl of comfort but don’t want to have to work it off the next day at the gym, try this!

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Gluten Free Creamy Butternut Squash Penne
Gluten Free "Creamy" Butternut Squash Pasta Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 360 kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski
Ingredients
  • 4 cups chopped butternut squash from 1 small or ½ large squash, peeled and seeded
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces  gluten free penne pasta
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon minced rosemary
  • 1 clove garlic grated
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries chopped
Instructions
  1. Place the butternut squash in a saucepan, cover with water, add ½ teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil. Boil until the squash is very tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. While the squash is cooking, prepare the pasta - bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to the directions. Remove about 2 cups of the pasta water, drain the rest and return the pasta to the hot pot.
  3. When the squash is very tender, drain off the water and return the squash to the hot pot. Mash the squash with a potato masher until fairly smooth. Add the nutmeg, rosemary, and garlic and cook over low heat for about 5 minutes to meld the flavors. Stir in the Parmesan or nutritional yeast.
  4. Add the squash mixture to the pasta with about ¾ cup of the reserved pasta water. Stir to combine and add more water, a little at a time, if needed, until the sauce is creamy. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve the pasta topped with some chopped walnuts and dried cranberries.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free "Creamy" Butternut Squash Pasta Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 360 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Potassium 590mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 62g 21%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 11g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 297.6%
Vitamin C 35.9%
Calcium 7.7%
Iron 8.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. November 17, 2012

    Even though i can tolerate gluten, i always choose gluten free pasta. It even tastes better, not to mention the fact that is healthier

    1. Carol Kicinski
      November 18, 2012

      My husband feel the same, he says he can eat gluten free pasta without feeling too full and he can eat anything he wants!

  2. November 20, 2012

    wow the food look delicious. it’s make me hungry. i hope i can make it right.

    1. Carol Kicinski
      November 20, 2012

      Thanks Alfred, its not difficult!

  3. November 21, 2012

    yum.. what a delicious recipe!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      November 21, 2012

      Thank you!

  4. Cheryl
    December 8, 2012

    I just made this for dinner. It is delicious! I used the water from the squash instead of the pasta to keep the nutrients. I will be making this again.

    1. Carol Kicinski
      December 10, 2012

      Glad you liked it Cheryl, thanks!

  5. Karen
    January 16, 2013

    Do you have the nutritional numbers, per serving, for your recipes anywhere on the website? My husband is interested in trying gluten-free recipes; I’m actually doing Weight Watchers, so I need the carbs, proteins, fiber and fat per serving, if possible. Thanks!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      January 18, 2013

      Hi Karen, no I don’t. It is something I am looking into but I am not a dietician or nutritionist, so I am hesitant to give information that could be wrong. There are on-line nutritional calculators though.

    2. Tara
      May 18, 2013

      Hi Karen,
      I’m doing Weight Watchers, too, and they have an app called WW kitchen (that I use Constantly, since I need nutritional info on my recipes and not those of fast food restaurants..lol). It’s a great app that allows you to enter and save your own recipes and get the points value per serving automatically. Easy peasy!

      1. Carol Kicinski
        May 21, 2013

        Wow that sounds awesome!

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  7. Tara
    May 18, 2013

    I have a squash that’s been sitting on my counter for a couple of weeks waiting for me to find this recipe! I’ve been pouring over your website for the past couple of days, now, Carol, and everything is fabulous! Thank you so much for putting all these great and tasty recipes out there for everyone to access.

    1. Carol Kicinski
      May 21, 2013

      Thank you so much Tara! You made my day.

  8. Ashley
    November 20, 2014

    Butternut squash is hard to cut. Would it be acceptable to bake the squash first?

    1. Carol Kicinski
      December 1, 2014

      You can peel the squash and cut it in half. Cook it until it’s soft enough to cut and then do so as the recipe called for. Make sure the squash cooks through enough. I hope this helps, thanks Ashley.

      xo,
      Carol

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  11. Andrea
    July 3, 2017

    How many people does this recipe serve? Please add to your website page.
    Thanks!

    1. Carol Kicinski
      July 30, 2017

      Sorry Andrea, It’s all the way at the bottom of the recipe – it serves 4. Enjoy!
      xo,
      Carol

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