My absolute best friend in college came to me with a recipe request. She loves butternut squash, but all the frozen butternut squash meals don’t have enough and the veggies get gross. So she requested a recipe for a butternut squash pasta that was low calorie and simple enough for her to make (she’s in graduate school now and spends all her time in lab). I came up with this butternut squash pasta sauce.
I had a lot of fun with this! Usually when I make something it’s like “Ok, what would be cool to post about?” or “What do I want to eat for dinner?” But this was a like a mini little food challenge. I tried to find ways to add a lot of butternut squash flavor into a sauce without adding a ton of calories, and I think I was rather successful. Since this was so much fun, I’ve added a link at the top navigation menu called “Recipe Suggestion Box.” If you have an idea for something you want, send it to me. I’m not asking for a full recipe to post about, I just want to have a new food challenge. I’d also be open to a drink challenge (I’m not against trying multiple variations of a drink to find the perfect one). So, have any crazy ideas for something you’d like to see me post about?
What I love about this butternut squash pasta sauce recipe is that you can take a lot of the ingredients out to make it really basic, and still have an awesome sauce. The hardest part is cutting the butternut squash, but you can find bags pre-cut squash in a lot of grocery stores now. To cut out calories, I used vegetable stock instead of milk or cream. Lower fat and still super tasty. If you want to add more veggies into your diet, sauté some on the side and add them to your cooked pasta. I’d recommend broccoli or mushrooms with this butternut squash pasta sauce.