Since I have been mostly gluten-free and dairy-free for many years, one thing I miss most is a super creamy pasta sauce that brings comfort to my meals. I know pumpkin pasta sauce is all the craze but that didn't feel like it had the nutty flavor I wanted. This Dairy-free Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce is a velvety and rich sauce made from roasted butternut squash, blended with aromatic spices and cashew butter, creating a creamy and comforting topping for your favorite pasta dishes.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Dietary Restrictions: It is important to me that people who have food allergies, or sensitivities have options when they come to my house or are cooking for themselves. This recipe is delicious and is gluten-free and dairy-free. It can also be made plan-based by swapping veggie broth for the bone broth.
Minimal Ingredients: Pasta with butternut squash sauce has only 13 ingredients and most of them are ingredients you likely have on hand.
Easy to make: This is the perfect weeknight meal because it requires minimal effort and is made in less than 30 minutes.
Ingredients You Will Need
Gluten-free Pasta: I like Banza Pasta the best. This chickpea pasta is much higher in protein and fiber than regular pasta.
Butternut Squash: Has a very nutrient-rich profile and has lots of health benefits. It is high in Vitamin C, E, A, potassium, and magnesium. Butternut squash is also is high in fiber, anti-oxidants, and so much more. It aids in skin health, digestive health, and immune function. It is blended to make a deliciously creamy sauce in this recipe.
Olive Oil: It is really important to get a high quality olive oil and one that is 100% olive oil, the food industry likes to cut corners when it comes to oils so be sure you check your labels.
Cashew Butter: This is where the creaminess of the pasta comes from. If you haven't had cashew butter, it is similar to creamy peanut butter but has a caramel flavor to it. I really like Artisana Naturals because it is made with only a couple ingredients and is extra creamy.
Yellow Onion: Are full of antioxidants which help fight inflammation. They also have folate, manganese, and some vitamin C. They are antibacterial, help digestion (for some), and can help reduce your risk of cancer.
Chicken Bone Broth: Bone broth is a nutrient-rich liquid made by simmering high quality animal bones, connective tissues, and aromatic vegetables in water for an extended period. It is known for its properties that aid in gut health and healing inflammation.
Garlic: Is known for its anti inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It helps fight many diseases like the common cold, heart disease, and others.
Nutritional Yeast: A popular food product that is often used as a condiment or seasoning, particularly in a dairy-free diet.Nutritional yeast is known for its unique flavor, which is described as savory, cheesy, or nutty. Its most interesting nutritional benefit is that it is a complete protein.
Lemon Juice: This adds a nice tartness to the dressing to help balance out the sweetness of the blueberries.
Thyme: Is an herb from the mint family! It may also provide numerous health benefits, such as fighting acne, regulating mucus, fighting infections, helps boost your overall immune system.
Sage: an aromatic herb that has many health benefits such as anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It can help with digestive health, oral health, and skin health.
Rosemary: Is high in antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds. With all of these benefits, rosemary can help improve memory, digestion, heart health and so much more. It is an herb that goes so well with many dishes!
Salt and Pepper
Boil a pot of water and cook pasta according to the package.
Saute the veggies. Heat a pan to medium heat and add the olive oil. Then add butternut squash, yellow onion, and garlic to the pan and saute until the butternut squash is fork tender.
Make the sauce. Add the butternut squash, onion, and garlic to a food processor. Then add chicken bone broth, nutritional yeast, cashew butter, sage, thyme, rosemary, lemon juice, salt and pepper to the food processor. Blend until smooth.
Add the sauce to the pasta in a large pot and combine until the pasta is coated evenly.
Serve and Enjoy!
Recipe Tips and Tricks
Butternut Squash: I prefer to use frozen because it cooks much faster, however, you can use fresh (just add about 20 minutes to the cooking time).
Blending: I use my food processor for this recipe, but you can use an immersion blender or a high-powered blender.
Protein: If you want to add extra protein to this meal ground chicken, ground turkey, or ground pork would work really well with this recipe.
Pasta: I love using Banza Pasta because it is gluten-free, has good ingredients, and is high in protein. You can use any pasta you like, whether it is gluten-free or grain-free. Just cook the pasta according to the package.
Cheese: If you are ok with some dairy, you can use parmesan cheese instead of nutritional yeast.
Broth: I use chicken bone broth, but you can use chicken broth or veggie broth to make it plant based.
This Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce can easily be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. I store it with the pasta, but can also be stored alone for an easy weeknight meal later in the week.
It also can be stored in the freezer in a freezer bag for a month or more.
FAQs About Recipe Dairy Free Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce
What does butternut squash pair well with?
Butternut squash has a sweet, nutty flavor and a creamy texture, making it a versatile ingredient that pairs well with a variety of other foods and flavors such as sage, garlic, brown butter, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Do you have to peel butternut squash before cooking?
You do not have to peel butternut squash to cook in many recipes, however for this Dairy Free Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce it does need to be peeled, which is why I enjoy using frozen squash so much.
Dairy Free Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce
- 8 oz Gluten-free pasta I like Banza best
- 1 tablespoon Olive oil
- 1 cup Butternut Squash Frozen
- ¾ cup Yellow Onion Diced
- 2 tablespoon Cashew Butter
- 1 tablespoon Garlic Minced
- 1 cup Chicken Bone Broth
- 1 tablespoon Nutritional Yeast
- 1.5 tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1 teaspoon Sage
- 1 teaspoon Rosemary
- 1 teaspoon Thyme
- Salt and Pepper To taste
- Boil a pot of water and cook pasta according to the package.
- Heat a pan to medium heat and add the olive oil. Then add butternut squash, yellow onion, and garlic to the pan and saute until the butternut squash is fork tender.
- Add the butternut squash, onion, and garlic to a food processor. Then add chicken bone broth, nutritional yeast, cashew butter, sage, thyme, rosemary, lemon juice, salt and pepper to the food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Add the sauce to the pasta in a large pot and combine until the pasta is coated evenly.
- Serve and enjoy!