Low-Carb Butternut Squash With Pasta
- Cook Time 15 minutes
- Serves 2
- Difficulty Easy
Everyone loves this butternut squash with pasta. There’s something about the sweet taste of squash that pairs so perfectly with sage and salty cheese. It’s like fall in a bowl.
But if you've ever looked at the stats on your favorite butternut squash ravioli, you've probably noticed that it's not super low carb. Well, guess what, folks! We've got you covered with all the tastes of your favorite pasta dish with none of the carbs! Ready?
Butternut Squash with Pasta: A Perfect Pairing
Squash and pasta pair together extremely well. Squash, or rather gourds and zucchini, have been staples in Italian cooking for many years. That said, winter squash, like the butternut variety, is thought to be Native American in origin.
For autumn lovers, squash and pumpkin bring all the flavors of fall. Now, full disclosure, you can enjoy this low-carb butternut squash with pasta all year round. You can find plenty of frozen (and even whole) butternut and honeynut squash in grocery stores these days. (FYI, honeynut is a smaller, sweeter cousin of the standard butternut squash variety.)
What's more, squash keeps for a LONG time. You can store squashes for several months (some up to six months), meaning that you can enjoy squash any time you have a craving.
Butternut squash is pretty low carb. It contains about 20 grams of carbs per cup, so while it’s important not to overdo it if you’re on keto or another low-carb diet, you can likely enjoy squash in some meals. When you use keto-friendly low-carb It’s Skinny Pasta, you can splurge on the squash without worries!
When most people think of butternut squash with pasta, they probably think of ravioli. But here, we use It's Skinny Fettuccine to make a low-carb, low-calorie pasta dish with all the flavor (and none of the guilt). Our "deconstructed ravioli bowl" is so satisfying and delicious that it will become one of your go-to favorites.
We also use brown butter, which is literally just butter that's gently heated or "browned" to give it a deep, rich, nutty flavor. Sage is the perfect herb for this dish. Something about sage and squash screams fall, and it's really the ultimate comfort food.
What’s more, butternut squash is very nutritious. It's an excellent source of vitamins A and C and other healthy nutrients. Plus…we all know squash is super yummy!
So, if you’re ready for a big bowl of creamy, comforting, fall deliciousness, don’t miss this recipe for butternut squash with pasta.
The Skinny on It’s Skinny Pasta
If you haven’t used It’s Skinny Pasta before, you might be wondering how on earth it gets to be so low-carb, low-cal, and still delicious. Well, here’s the deal—it comes down to another humble veggie known as konjac.
Konjac is actually a root. It's not the prettiest vegetable in the garden, but it might be one of the most interesting. It's chock full of satisfying glucomannan fiber. This fiber keeps blood sugar levels steady and fills you up, but passes through your digestive system without leaving you feeling heavy and "carb overloaded." It's Skinny has ZERO net carbs and only 9 little calories per bag! Take THAT traditional pasta!
But the real question is always, “how does it taste?” No worries on that front—It’s Skinny is delicious, easy to work with, and won’t overpower your favorite pasta dishes. Basically, it’s the perfect swap for traditional pasta. It goes well with almost any dish that calls for pasta.
It’s Skinny is available in four excellent varieties. There’s Angel Hair—perfect for delicate sauces and dishes that call thin noodles. There’s classic Spaghetti, ideal for Bolognese, noodle bowls, and all your traditional faves. Then there's Fettuccine, which we use in this low-carb butternut squash with pasta recipe.
It's Skinny Fettuccine is ideal for this deconstructed butternut squash "ravioli" dish because it holds its own with heavier sauces. The ribbon-like noodles are a great texture and take just minutes to prepare.
Oh…P.S. Don’t miss It’s Skinny RICE! Yep! There’s also a zero-net-carb rice variety! So you can recreate all those delicious rice dishes with the perfect swap.
If you can’t decide between the varieties, don’t sweat it. We have a variety pack that will allow you to enjoy all four styles in one convenient order. Try It's Skinny today and be prepared to be astounded by all the delicious pastabilities!
FAQs About It’s Skinny Pasta with Butternut Squash
Beginning cooks often have questions—that’s totally cool! We have answers! Here are some ideas and details on cooking with It’s Skinny.
How Do I Cook It’s Skinny? Do I need to Boil It?
Unlike traditional pasta (or rice), It's Skinny Pasta is SO simple to use; you won't need to stress at all. To enjoy It's Skinny, you rip open the pack, drain, rinse, and add it to the dish at the end of cooking. It's Skinny heats up in around two minutes, and with almost no effort, you have a pasta dish to impress!
It’s Skinny is vegan, gluten-free, totally plant-based, and easy to make. It's perfect for low-carb, keto, paleo, and whole foods diets. It's healthy, yummy, and simple.
What Other Vegetables Could I Use in this Butternut Squash with Pasta Recipe?
This vegetarian pasta dish is practically perfect (if we say so ourselves), but if you want to amp up the veggies in this dish, we certainly won’t stop you! There are many options that could be really delicious in this butternut squash pasta dish.
Try this pasta with asparagus, spinach, or diced red peppers. Add sauteed mushrooms to this dish for a little meatiness. You could include sundried tomatoes or even a little olive tapenade. This pasta would be good with almost any green vegetable, like broccolini too.
You could also add protein to this dish with chicken, ground turkey (perfect with sage), or even pork. Pancetta would add some salty-savory flavor that would complement the squash's sweetness and the brown butter's nuttiness.
How Do I Make Brown Butter?
Brown butter isn’t hard, even for beginners, but it does require you to pay attention for a few minutes. We use unsalted butter so that you can control the sodium in this healthy pasta dish. You simply heat the butter on low heat with a little salt and watch it carefully.
After a minute or so, you’ll notice that the butter starts to bubble and turn light brown. You don’t want to burn the butter, so watch it closely and pull it off the heat before it gets too dark. Brown butter is delicious with all sorts of vegetables, It’s Skinny Pasta, and any type of protein.
Butternut Squash with It’s Skinny Pasta Recipe
Ready to enjoy the flavors of fall (even if there's not an autumn leaf in sight)? We've got you covered with this yummy butternut squash pasta dish. Enjoy this deconstructed ravioli in minutes—low in effort (and low-carb) and high in flavor! What's not to love?
NUTRITION INFORMATION FOR BUTTERNUT SQUASH WITH PASTA
- Fettuccine | It's Skinny
- 1 package It's Skinny
- - Fettuccine pasta
- 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
- 1 honeynut or butternut squash
- 5-6 fresh sage leaves, chopped
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- - Salt & pepper to taste