Butternut Squash & Broccoli Pasta with Sage

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We eat a lot of pasta in our house.  It is one of those dinner options that we can both agree on and it is usually pretty quick and easy to make.  And now that my husband has decided to accept gluten free pasta into his life, I don’t have to make two separate pots of pasta! 

As much as I love a good, traditional spaghetti with tomato sauce, I really love a big bowl of pasta that is packed with vegetables and lightly seasoned with some salt, pepper, and olive oil.  Sometimes it just seems to hit the spot.

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I had this great idea that I was going to make butternut squash noodles with my spiralizer, but I just couldn’t get the big chunk of squash to fit into the spiralizer and it didn’t take long for me to give up.  While I may have given up on that technique, I was determined to get my butternut squash “noodles” so I took matters into my own hands, literally.  I cut the butternut squash into thin slices and then I cut those into noodle like strips.  I may not be as pretty as curly veggie noodles, but trust me, it is still delicious!

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When I first started eating gluten free pasta I mostly ate the corn pasta because I think the bright yellow color of it reminded me of regular pasta, but it wasn’t long until I switched the brown rice pasta.  When served hot, the texture and taste are pretty perfect.  The only slightly annoying thing I’ve noticed about guten free pasta is that the spaghetti noodles tend to stick together a bit when you cook them, which isn’t the end of the world but not great for pasta photos!  It also doesn’t seem to lend itself to leftovers much.  I find it almost inedible leftover unless I heat it up.  Fortunately, we enjoyed this pasta so much that there weren’t many leftovers!

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I’m not sure if I was going more for taste or looks, but the addition of the bright green broccoli, pretty purple red onion, and the wintergreen color of the sage, this dish looks just as good as it tastes.  I’m not sure if it is the food blogger in me, but when my food is pretty I always seem to enjoy it more!


Butternut Squash & Broccoli Pasta with Sage

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4-6
  • Category: Entree, Gluten Free, Vegan


  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound pasta, gluten free if necessary
  • 3-4 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3-4 tablespoons chopped sage
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil for drizzling
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Peel the butternut squash, cut the top off and then cut the butternut squash off just above where the seeds are. Cut the squash, from the top down, in half and then in half again so that you have 4 long chunks. Cut each chunk into thin slices, about 1/8 inch thick, then cut those slices into thing strips. See above photo for a step by step.
  2. Place sliced butternut squash onto a large sheet pan and season with salt and pepper and drizzle with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Toss to coat and bake until squash is tender and beginning to brown, about 40 minutes, flipping occasionally. *When squash has about fifteen minutes left to cook, throw in the sliced onions and stir.
  3. While butternut squash is baking, fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, throw in pasta and a large pinch of salt. Cook pasta according to package directions. *When pasta is about 2 minutes from being finished, throw in the broccoli florets. Drain pasta and broccoli and place back into the pot.
  4. While pasta is still hot, add the minced garlic and chopped sage. Then add in the butternut squash and onions, balsamic vinegar, 1-2 teaspoons olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.


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  1. says

    This pasta is stunning! Honestly the butternut squash mixed in with the regular pasta sounds divine :) I love simple pasta recipes like this – something we can easily whip up on a weeknight! Pinned!

    And I was totally surprised at how yummy corn, gluten free pasta is!! It sounds like I have to try brown rice pasta soon as well – it sounds delicious :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Ceara! Yes, recipes that are easy to whip up are my favorites! I know! Thank goodness they make delicious gf pasta because I don’t think I could live without it!

  2. says

    Agreed on the pretty food – tastes good + looks good = good eating! Glad your husband is on board with the gluten free pasta and you don’t have to make separate dishes. Who wants extra pots to wash? I think this dish is beautifully presented and I love the photo on the standing up pasta with the blue backdrop…nice!

    • She Likes Food says

      Yah for good eating! I definitely don’t want extra dishes to wash! One is already too much sometimes, haha! Thank you so much, Laura!

  3. says

    Hurray for husband accepting GF pasta! Thats so good to hear and gives me hope for my husband to continue to step outside of his ‘regular’ (his word) food box. He actually ate a tofu dish I prepared the other night that I was convinced he would despise… but I was wrong. YaY! I was wrong!! This pasta recipe is so colorful and packed full of goodness. Nice job on ‘spiralizing’ (not) that butternut squash. … the squash is an awkward shape for that spiralizer! Perhaps just give it to Cheeto.. one swipe of his claw is all that squash would need! hehe… Thank you, Izzy for this colorful recipe!

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, “regular”! That is hilarious! My husband refers to iceberg lettuce as the regular lettuce! I think my husband and your husband would get a long great! Did you tell him the tofu was in it before or after he ate it?! I like to trick Eric sometimes and wait to tell him what he has eaten until after he admits that he liked it! I think I need to get one of those huge spiralizers that you can make curly fries with, but I’m not sure I have enough room for anymore kitchen appliances! Hahaha, I love the idea of Cheeto clawing me off some butternut squash noodles! I will put him right to work :)

  4. says

    I’m not a huge fan of red sauce, so I love simple pasta dishes like this. Sometimes the lighter the flavor, the better! I love the butternut squash and broccoli combo, Izzy! And the balsamic vinegar and oil sauce sounds delicious with the sage!

    • She Likes Food says

      I agree, sometimes I just want a simple sauce with olive oil and some salt! I’m trying to use all the butternut squash I can before it goes out of season!

  5. says

    This is unreal! Definitely had a moment like, why didn’t I think of that! I totally understand what you mean about gluten free spaghetti sticking together, I learned that a few months ago when I first used gluten free spaghetti. It does seem to be very different from the regular gluten free pasta.
    Going to try this out for sure!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you so much, Karen!! Yeah, I haven’t had any problem with gf non-spaghetti noodles sticking together, but sometimes I want to eat spaghetti noodles! I hope you enjoy this!

  6. Carly Krumins says

    Looks so good. To save yourself work you could just buy a spaghetti squash and run a fork over the inside. Won’t taste exactly the same but it’s pretty amazing as pasta and you could eat it raw or blanch it.

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Carly! I’ve used spaghetti squash in place of pasta a few times and I love it! That would be so good to add to this pasta! I will have to throw some in next time!

    • She Likes Food says

      I don’t think I could have gotten my husband to eat only butternut squash noodles, so I had to throw some regular ones in there! It went so well together though!

  7. says

    I need this bowl of healthiness in front of me — I’ve been eating way too many holiday treats and am ready to dive head first into healthy food! This looks delicious, Izzy — I love all the colors and healthy ingredients! :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha, I’m so with you on all the treat eating! A big bowl of healthy deliciousness is just what you need to cleanse all the sugar out, haha!

  8. says

    This looks so delicious! I love veggie-packed pasta dishes too. And I know what you mean about enjoying pretty food more – I feel that way especially when I’ve made a colorful dish. I’m not sure if you have Trader Joe’s in your area, but they have some pretty tasty gluten-free pastas that don’t get too gummy!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Julia! We do have a Trader Joe’s but I don’t shop there too often because I end up buying so many snacks that I didn’t really need :) I’ll have to go and check out there gf pasta section though! I’m always looking for more options!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Sarah! It is one of my biggest loves too! I actually eat it all year round, but feel much better about eating it in the fall and winter!

    • She Likes Food says

      I forget about it sometimes too and then I’m stressing out wondering what to make for dinner and then I realize I have so much pasta in the cupboard! It is a lifesaver sometimes!

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