Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

There’s nothing quite as delicious as a nice bowl of cheesy pasta. It’s our grownup way of indulging our childhood obsession with Mac & Cheese. We justify our juvenile taste buds by calling it something fancy like “Pasta au Fromage,” but let’s be honest – it’s mac & cheese. Sometimes we add in peas or broccoli just so we can claim extra health benefits. But come on… it’s mac & cheese with green stuff.

I have to tell you, though… there’s nothing as comforting and satisfying as macaroni and cheese. I make it for my kids often, and I’m the mom sitting at the stove eating giant wooden spoonfuls of the leftovers hoping my kids don’t notice.

Delicious Healthy Butternut Squash Pasta, perfect for getting veggies in your kids diets!

And even though this recipe seems like a healthier version of a classic, let’s make no mistake about it – this is mac & cheese. Delicious, with a little extra flavor, but definitely mac & cheese.

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup butternut squash/diced
½ cup Velveeta or other melting cheese
¼ cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup vegetable stock
½ cup milk
1 tsp Dried parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups cooked pasta

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

First peel and cube your butternut squash, then set to boil for 7-8 minutes. Once boiled, put in a food processor, and pulse until you have a mushy texture.

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

In a pot on medium heat, combine squash, vegetable stock, and milk. Heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

Add in cheeses and dried parsley, heating for another 6-7 minutes or until cheeses are melted.

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

Mix in cooked pasta, and serve.

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

How delicious does this look??

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

I love making this as a romantic dinner for my husband and me. It doesn’t take long to make, and the results are so delicious. It’s great for a late dinner on those nights he’s had a hard day and needs some extra pampering.

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

It also is a great way to trick your kids into eating some veggies! I love that it is such a familiar dish but done in an interesting new way. All three of my picky eaters will gobble this up.

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta
Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

A vegetarian meal that will get your whole family wanting more!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butternut squash/diced
  • ½ cup Velveeta or other melting cheese
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp Dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups cooked pasta

Instructions

  1. First, peel and cube your butternut squash, then set to boil for 7-8 minutes. Once boiled, put in a food processor, and pulse until you have a mushy texture.
  2. In a pot on medium heat, combine squash, vegetable stock, and milk. Heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add in cheeses and dried parsley, heating for another 6-7 minutes or until cheeses are melted.
  4. Mix in cooked pasta, and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 156Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 281mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 7g

Check out some of my other classic pasta recipes!

Macaroni and Cheese with Prosciutto | A Mother Thing
This amazing Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Pasta Salad gives you all the flavor of a classic BLT. It makes a great dish to take to a BBQ. Perfect for summer!
Easy Cheesy Pizza Pasta | A Mother Thing

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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

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