Try Winter Squash Pasta Sauce for Something New

Whip up a delicious batch of Winter Squash Pasta Sauce made with steamed Butternut squash, bacon, parmesan and the perfect compliment of spices and herbs to break up your boring old pasta routine.

A closeup picture of a bed of spaghetti smothered in Winter Squash Pasta Sauce garnished with crumbled bacon, chives and a sprig of rosemary.

Eat the rainbow (and seasonally) by embracing this delicious Winter squash Pasta Sauce for a new spin on pasta night! This easily converts to a great vegetarian recipe as well.

I came up with this delicious sauce frankly because I had a butternut squash in my refrigerator that needed to be eaten. Since I try to follow a “meatless Monday” meal plan, I thought that this squash would me mighty tasty as a past sauce! After all, it’s great when made into Butternut Squash Soup.

A halved and roasted butternut squash sits flat-side-down in a roasting pan with bubbly-soft skin showing it's done roasting and ready to be made into Winter Squash Pasta Sauce.

How to make Winter Squash Pasta Sauce

No need to mess with peeling squash in this recipe, simply slice the squash in half, scoop the seeds out, and bake in the oven with a little water in the pan to help the squash steam.

Chopped raw bacon and minced shallot sit in white measuring cups on a wooden table ready to make Winter Squash Pasta Sauce.

The squash can take up to 50 minutes to fully cook so use this time to sauté bacon and shallots, place them in a blender, along with parmesan cheese, broth and a little nutmeg.

Looking for more great healthy pasta recipes from The Goldilocks Kitchen? Check out Spinach Feta Pesto Pasta Salad, Linguine with Shrimp, Garlic and Lemon Pasta, and Pesto Pasta with Roasted Root Veggies!

Looking down on a white plate with a serving of yellow Winter Squash Pasta Sauce over spaghetti garnished with bacon bits and a rosemary sprig.

Eating Butternut squash has some fabulous health benefits that come along with its sweet buttery flavor. If you’re curious why butternut squash is also called Winter Squash, check out this article.

I hope you LOVE this silky, made-from-scratch Winter Squash Pasta Sauce. I love LOVE to read your comments! Help support The Goldilocks Kitchen and rate this recipe by clicking on a RATING STAR in the comments below. Thank you!

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Winter Squash Pasta Sauce

  • Author: Emily
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x


Bacon and Parmesan cheese enhance the delicious flavors of butternut squash in this Winter Squash Pasta Sauce recipe. Help support The Goldilocks Kitchen and rate this recipe by clicking on a RATING STAR in the comments below. Thank you!


  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1 pound of your choice of pasta
  • 1/2 cup chopped bacon
  • 1/3 cup chopped shallots
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup packed parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek Yogurt or sour cream
  • salt and pepper


  1. Set an oven rack to the middle position and heat to 350 degrees F. Using a sharp knife, slice the squash in half lengthwise (from stem to bottom). Scoop out the pulp and seeds. Place squash halves flat side down in a casserole dish filled with just enough water to cover the bottom. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the flesh is soft and easily pierced with a fork. Set aside to cool.
  2. Cook bacon in a skillet until crisp. Remove with a slotted spoon and place in a paper towel-lined bowl. Add the shallot to the hot bacon grease and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Cook until soft and translucent and just starting to brown.
  3. Place cooked shallots in a blender, along with the Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon of salt, ground nutmeg and 1 cup of warm water. Scrape out the flesh of the squash and discard the skins. Add squash to blender and blend until smooth. Sauce should be thin enough to run off a spoon in a continuous drizzle. If it’s too thick, blend in more water.
  4. Set a separate large pot of water to boil over high heat to cook your pasta. Pour the squash pasta sauce into a medium pot set over low heat. Stir in the yogurt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Keep sauce warm while your pasta cooks. Stir sauce into drained pasta and serve, passing the bacon around to sprinkle on top.


For a vegetarian version, leave out the bacon, use vegetable stock and cook the shallots in olive oil.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1/3 cup
  • Calories: 343
  • Sugar: 4.4
  • Sodium: 520
  • Fat: 8.5
  • Saturated Fat: 3.6
  • Carbohydrates: 41.3
  • Fiber: 0.7
  • Protein: 24.8
  • Cholesterol: 67

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