Thanksgiving Recipes – Butternut Squash with Spinach and Pasta

I don’t know about you, but I simply cannot stand green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup and crunchy dried onions on top {barf!} Do you think the Pilgrims ate that sort of crap?  No, no they did not.

So with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’ve decided to help save you from making the typical {boring} recipes that come from cans and mixes.  Yep, we are going old school baby. So tune in every afternoon from now until Thanksgiving and I’ll help you get ‘er done.

We’re making Thanksgiving dinner from scratch!

Butternut Squash with Spinach and Pasta –
{If the Pilgrims had some Italian friends in the next village over they totally would have made this}


1/2 of a butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces
8 oz spaghetti
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup spinach, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
2 cloves of garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste


Add the squash to boiling water and cook for 3-4 minutes {you want the squash to still be a bit firm}.

Remove the squash with a slotted spoon, and place in a bowl. Bring the water back to a boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente.

While you are waiting for the pasta to cook, heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large non stick skillet {I used my stir fry pan}.  Saute cooked butternut squash for 10 minutes until lightly browned.  Add spinach, stir, and cook until spinach just starts to wilt.

By now your pasta should be done.

Drain the pasta into a colander, and reserve 3/4 cup of the pasta water. In the empty pasta pot, saute 2 tablespoons of butter and garlic for about 1 minute.  Add pasta water, stir and cook for another minute or two.  Add pasta, and butternut squash mixture and toss until coated with butter sauce.  Dish on to a large platter, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, and serve warm.

Gobble Gobble!

Don’t want to get stuck talking to Uncle Frank about his bunions?  Perhaps the Thanksgiving Box Of Questions* might come in handy at the supper table.  Amazon currently has them in stock.

*Direct link to Amazon product

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  1. Jenn says

    YUMMM! I have everything to make this dish. I think I’ll make it for my mom on Friday. Hubby would never go for this one without some meat with it.

  2. Tali says

    oh no, Miss Mavis is stepping on toes……..I LOVE THAT GREEN BEAN CRAP! in fact i make it year round and jump for joy when they have it at work 9hospital cafeteria)!

    But alas, this salad looks yumee too….

  3. Beth says

    I just wanted to tell you that I am making this tonight for supper using spinach that I picked out of my greenhouse today! I live in North West Wyoming where it hasn’t gotten above freezing this last week, snow on the ground, and lows in the single digits. I do not have a heater in the greenhouse but the vegetables are doing great! I’m excited to make this wonderful dish with fresh winter produce. Thank you.

  4. Grammiecooks says

    I made this for dinner tonight and it got rave reviews! This is absolutely delicious and I will make it again and again. Thank you for a simple, extremely attractive, and yummy recipe.

  5. Kelly says

    trying this tomorrow night (tonight is your Kale quiche) We have a bunch of butternut squash in our basement from the garden…this sounds yummy!

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