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Creamy One Pot Butternut Squash Pasta

This Creamy One Pot Butternut Squash Pasta is the perfect restaurant-quality pasta dish that's so easy to make at home!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Comfort Food, Italian, Pasta
Keyword Creamy One Pot Butternut Squash Pasta
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 601kcal
Author Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca)


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • 5 cups chopped butternut squash approximately one small squash
  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • 500 gram box Barilla Penne Rigate pasta
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • fresh thyme  shredded parmesan, and red pepper flakes for garnish/serving


  • Heat a large, deep skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the olive oil, garlic, thyme and red pepper flakes, and saute until fragrant.
  • Add the chopped butternut squash and stir until coated.
  • Add the chicken stock and cover. Let simmer for about 15-20 minutes, or until the butternut squash is soft.
  • Meanwhile, set a large pot of salted water to boil and cook pasta according to package directions.
  • When the butternut squash is soft, turn off the heat under the skillet and allow it to sit uncovered for a few minutes.
  • Add the cream and parmesan, stir well, and puree with an immersion blender until the sauce is silky smooth (using a regular blender works too!)
  • Drain the pasta and add it into the skillet , tossing it well in the sauce to coat. 
  • Sprinkle the top with some more freshly shredded parmesan, few sprigs of fresh thyme, and additional red pepper flakes, if desired.
  • Serve immediately.



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 601kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 708mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 13122IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 197mg | Iron: 2mg