Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce

10 | December 2, 2010

Yes, it is still butternut squash season and yes, I’m still obsessed with them. It’s not even a guess anymore at the farmers market. He just hands me a bag full of the delicious winter squash without even asking what I want. I’m surprised we all haven’t turned orange by now. Here’s another one of our favorite recipes to use butternut squash in. Similar to the post Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese, this is a creamy, savory and slightly sweet pasta sauce that is a perfect pairing for ravioli (especially mushroom ravioli) or your favorite pasta.

Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce serves 4 to 6

  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 1 Tbs flour
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1 cup butternut squash puree fresh or store bought*
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp dried sage or 1/2 tsp fresh sage
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt
  • pinch of pepper to taste
  • 4 cups of cooked pasta

* You can find store bought butternut squash puree in the frozen aisle of your grocery store.

Over medium heat melt the butter. Add flour.

Cook on medium heat for 2 minutes, whisking constantly.

Add milk slowly while whisking.

Reduce heat to medium-low. Add butternut squash puree and stir.

Add nutmeg, sage, salt and pepper. Stir. Freshly grated nutmeg makes this sauce really pop. Trust me, it is much better than ground but if ground is all you have that’s ok too.

Pour sauce over pasta and gently stir.

Simple, easy and delicious! Even Mia likes it.


  • Kelli

    You are a genius! I just made this and never thought I could actually create a sauce. A real sauce with out powdered cheese! This is fantastic. Thank you!

  • Harper L.

    This looks great!

  • eliseCarter

    I tried your butternut squash mac n’ cheese when I saw it on The Pioneer Woman’s website a couple of months ago. It was fantastic but I thought it was more of a cheese sauce. Can’t wait to try this one!!!! Thank You! -Elise Carter

  • Melinda

    Yum! marking this one for some of my favorite mushroom ravioli! Thanks for posting. BTW, my daughter is in love with the pea and cheese quesadillas recipe of yours.

  • kara

    You are my new favorite person on twitter.lol Love ya

  • berkley

    Stopped by the site today because I had no clue what cook tonight but I had a butternut squash.:) Just finished a massive bowl of cheese ravioli with the butternut squash sauce and it was heaven! Creamy and a little sweet and you are right the nutmeg made it even better almost like traditional Alfredo that my Nonna used to make. I did make it with 2% milk and couldn’t even tell! Thanks!

  • melinda Smith

    Can’t wait to try this. NUM

  • Tickled Red

    Girl!! The things that you do with butternut squash always astounds me. Simply amazing :)

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