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Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash

This pasta with roasted butternut squash is an easy and filling dinner. It feels restaurant-quality, but it so easy to make.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Main Course, Pasta
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butternut squash, pasta, spaghetti
Servings: 2
Author: Aimee


  • 3 cups butternut squash, cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 slices bacon, thick cut
  • ½ lb dried spaghetti
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • olive oil
  • parmesan cheese
  • fresh herbs
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Take the cubed butternut squash and spread out on a baking sheet. Toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Put in the oven to bake for 35-40 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Squash will be done when soft in the middle and slightly caramelized on the outside.
  • In a large pot, add water for pasta and start heating up. Once water is boiling, add a bit of salt and pasta to the pot, and cook according to package directions.
  • While pasta water is heating up, take two slices of thick cut bacon and cut into small pieces. Cook in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through, but not too crispy. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels until ready to use.
  • Once the butternut squash, pasta, and bacon are all done, get prepared to assemble.
  • Drain the pasta and drizzle with olive oil. Mix until pasta is well-coated, but not swimming in oil. Add more oil if needed. Add dried sage and salt and pepper to the pasta and mix.
  • Divide the pasta between the bowls and then top with the bacon and butternut squash. Grate or shave parmesan cheese over the top and top with any other fresh herbs.


  • If you don't have thick-cut bacon, you can use regular and just use 3 slices instead of 2. (Or leave it off altogether if making vegetarian).
  • I love using extra virgin olive oil when I'm tossing the pasta with the sage but if you just have regular olive oil, use that.
  • This recipe makes plenty to serve two people for dinner. If you want to make it stretch further, you can cook up more pasta or serve for 3-4 with a side salad or some bread.