Recipe: Linguine with Roasted Butternut Squash Sauce

Nov 6 8:15am | Abby McWaters, Registered Dietitian | @amcwaters | Comments (4)

Written by Allison Keller, Mayo Clinic dietetic intern 

A nutrition packed pasta dish that is full of fall flavor! This recipe is packed with whole grains and vitamin A, all under 300 calories. This dish has 6 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein. Pair this dish with a grilled chicken breast or a fresh salad to create a well-balanced meal.

Number of servings: 6

Serving Size: 1 ½ cups


  • 1 medium butternut squash (about 2 pounds), split and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces whole-wheat linguine or other pasta
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium vegetable broth
  • 8 sage leaves, cut into thin strips
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Parmesan cheese (optional — not included in analysis)


Heat oven to 400 F. Brush the squash with 1 tablespoon oil and season generously with pepper. Roast about 60 minutes or until soft. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook according to package instructions.

Place cooked butternut squash in large food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. Slowly add the broth and puree until the sauce reaches the desired consistency. You may need to add a little water, depending on the size of your squash.

In a small skillet, heat the remaining olive oil over medium-high heat until shimmering slightly. Add the sage and cook until bright green, about 30 seconds. Add the onion, red pepper and garlic. Saute until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the pureed butternut squash. Season with vinegar, nutmeg and more black pepper. Add the pasta and stir until pasta is well-coated. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve.

Nutritional analysis per serving:

  • Calories 255
  • Total Fat 7 g
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Trans fat 0 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 3 g
  • Cholesterol 33 mg
  • Sodium 206 mg
  • Total carbohydrate 38 g
  • Dietary fiber 6 g
  • Added Sugars 0 g
  • Protein 10 g

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Thanks for the recipe. I'd like to continue with my afternoon's frivolity but have to immediately eat.


Love having access to healthy recipes. Please make them printable, so I can add them to my cancer cookbook!


This would be great if we could down load it send it to the printer?
Graham H

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