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Butternut Squash Pasta Bake
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5 from 7 votes

Vegan Butternut Squash Pasta Bake

A creamy, delicious vegan butternut squash pasta bake for two, with the flavors of sage and nutmeg.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course/Pasta
Cuisine: Italian inspired
Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Vegan Butternut Squash Pasta Bake
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 395kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ butternut squash (peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes, about 2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ pound rotini pasta (another tubular pasta like rigatoni or even macaroni would also be great here)
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 leaves sage (fresh, chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried sage)
  • ½ cup raw cashewss soaked for 30 minutes and drained

For the crunchy topping

  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon sage (fresh, chopped, or ½ teaspoon dried)
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Mix the butternut squash with some ground black pepper and 1 teaspoon olive oil. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and cook in a preheated, 400 degree oven for 40 minutes.
  • Place a large pot of salted water on the stove. When it comes to a boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente, per manufacturer's instrucitons.
  • While the pasta is cooking, remove the squash to a blender along with the cashews, sage, salt to taste, nutmeg, and 1 ½ cups of water
  • Blend into a very smooth sauce.
  • In a large bowl, mix the cooked, drained pasta and the butternut squash sauce and ½ cup of the pasta cooking water.
  • Place the pasta in a smallish baking dish -- mine is eight inches by four inches and two inches deep. Smooth into a flat layer.
  • Make the breadcrumb topping by mixing the breadcrumbs with herbs, olive oil, salt and ground black pepper.
  • Spread evenly on top of the pasta.
  • Place the pasta in a preheated 350-degree oven and bake 30 minutes, or until the top is golden-brown.
  • Serve hot with a salad.

Nutrition

Calories: 395kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 3mg