Tasty Butternut Squash Pasta Bake with pureed squash folded into creamy ricotta cheese and sage herb adding delicious flavor!
Even though butternut squash is available all year long, I find myself cooking it more often during Autumn. It’s the ultimate comfort food that’s sweet enough to be used in baked goods just like pumpkin is, but I enjoy it most in savory dishes like this vegetarian chili, hash with poached eggs or this apple butternut squash soup and now in this pasta bake!
Squash seems to make more of an appearance when the weather changes and the air is cool. We’re still hitting 70+ degree weather in California, but there is a cool breeze in the evenings, so I’m anticipating refreshing, crisp, cool air that I am sure will come soon!
This dish is filling and bursting with flavor. The cheese adds quite a bit of protein (28 grams per cup), and the butternut squash digests slowly so I found that we stayed satisfied for quite awhile. The ricotta and squash are creamy and delicious together, and when it’s baked with the tomatoes and pasta you’ll have one hearty meal that tastes even better if you are lucky to have leftovers to reheat!
Butternut Squash Pasta Bake
- 1/2 pound rigatoni pasta, cooked al dente
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 (28 ounce) can chopped plum tomatoes with juice
- 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
- 3 cups low-fat ricotta cheese
- 2 eggs,
- 1/4 cup fresh sage. minced
- 1 Tablespoon lemon rind, grated
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 large butternut squash cooked and pureed
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese, grated
Recipe by Chef Steve Petusevsky, relish.com
i adore butternut squash! if only it wasn’t so difficult to cut!
Betsy @ Desserts Required
Funny thing is that I, also, tend to eat more butternut squash this time of year even though our temperature is still in the 80’s. LOVE this pasta dish!
Yep! It’s been a scorcher around here, but I’m with you and will eat butternut squash anytime!
Why didn’t I see this last year when I had butternut squash coming out my ears? LOL! It looks delish, Sandra. I’ll have to try it next time I grow butternut squash.
Ahhh, the darn harvest timing! To have a garden like yours would be my dream!
Butternut squash is a big favorite of ours. It is so incredibly versatile. I love it in this cheesy pasta.
Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads
This is a great way to use squash! I’m a huge pasta lover, so I’d be all over it! 🙂
This looks delicious! I need to try this soon!!!
Yes, I hope you do try this soon! I know you’ll love all the flavors in this pasta bake.
Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama
Butternut squash is one of my fall favorites! Love that you used it in this comforting pasta dish.
Thanks, Carrie! I’m ready for some rain and more falling leaves so might as well start with delicious Fall casseroles!
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I love the idea of using Butternut squash as an ingredient in this delicious looking pasta. It screams Fall, falling leaves, a warm fireplace and a bit of a good wine. Just makes me smile…
Doesn’t it?!! Now if the weather would cooperate and cool down a bit. I know you are having some heat in Florida as well!
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I almost only eat butternut squash in the fall, because, like you, I always associate Fall with it. I love the stuff and I love how you used it in this recipe!!! This is something I know I would enjoy and so would my husband.
I hope you give it a try Renee and enjoy it as much as we have!
Butternut squash is my absolute favorite winter squash! Your recipe looks delicious.
Isn’t it such a delicious squash! I love it too!
nutmeg, that’s such a great and subtle idea to add with the squash aspect of this dish. Sounds great!
Thank you, Kelly! Just a pinch of the nutmeg adds a nice warm flavor. I’m glad you noticed that it in this recipe!
Joy @ Joy Love Food
I love making butternut squash dishes in the autumn too, this pasta bake with the ricotta cheese and sage sounds amazing!
The sage! Yes, it adds a delicious flavor – such a tasty combination!
I love to eat butternut squash. The looks like a decadent recipe.
With three different cheeses I would definitely put this in the decadent category!
I gave up trying to make butternut squash mac n cheese. Nobody likes it, and I end up eating all of the leftovers. However, when I make a casserole like this one everyone scarfs it down like it’s their last meal. Go figure. Looks great, I need to try your version soon. The weather’s perfect for it.
That’s funny! I guess when you anticipate digging into mac and cheese then that’s exactly what you want! LOL
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I love the combo of butternut squash and pasta. Looks so good, I will have to give this one a try!
I hope you do give this a try, Sheryl! Thank you!
This looks absolutely delicious! I just had butternut squash for the first time about a year ago, and I feel like I’ve been missing out my entire life!
So glad you tried butternut squash. You’ll find lots of recipes you’ll want to use it in and plain is pretty darn good too!