Butternut Squash Pasta

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2017 Kids Recipe Challenge Winning Recipe: 3rd Place!  [Lunch]

Creating a healthy pasta sauce with vegetables for your family can be done ahead and will make a tasty meal even the kids will love.  This cashew sauces creates a creamy cheese-like sauce that’s great for families following a plant based (vegan) diet or concerned about milk allergies.

Ishaan who’s in grade 2 and lives in Maple submitted this recipes. This is a great recipe for kids to practice using a blender mixing pasta sauce.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Soak Time: 3 hours 

Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Makes: 4


  1. Make sauce ahead and refrigerate for up to 1 week. 

  2. Sprinkle nutritional yeast on the finished dish for a savoury flavour. 

  3. Put leftovers away within 2 hours or sooner if they are in a warm location.  Reheat leftovers to an internal temperature of 74°C (165°F). Discard uneaten leftovers after they have been reheated.   



1/2 cup (125 mL) 

Butternut squash

1 pkg (400 g) 

Baby kale or spinach (optional) 2 cups (500 mL) 
Garlic 2 cloves
Vegetable oil  

1 Tbsp (15 mL) 

Soy beverage or milk

3/4 cup (175 mL) 

Cajun seasoning

1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) 

Onion powder

1 tsp (5 mL) 


1/4 cup (60 mL) 


1/2 tsp (2 mL) 

Macaroni or mini shell pasta

Half a 454 g pkg  



  1. Wash hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Clean all countertops and equipment used for food preparation. 

  2.  In a bowl, cover cashews with water and soak for 3 hours. Drain well and rinse. 

  3. Rinse butternut squash, baby kale or spinach (if using) and garlic and under cool running water. Cube the butternut squash; set aside. Chop the baby kale; set aside. Mince the garlic; set aside. 

  4. Toss butternut squash with oil and spread onto parchment paper lined baking sheet. Roast in 425°F (220°C) oven for 30 minutes or until tender. 

  5.  Place cashews, squash, milk, garlic, Cajun seasoning, onion powder, water and salt into blender; puree until smooth. 

  6.  Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta for about 8 minutes or until tender. Drain and return to pot. Add kale and sauce to pot. Stir over medium-low heat until kale is cooked thoroughly. 

Nutrition Information per serving: 

Calories: 285 kcal

Protein: 9 g

Fat: 13 g

Carbohydrate: 38 g

Fibre: 4 g

Sodium: 275 mg

Iron: 4 mg

Calcium: 138 mg



Last Update – April 4, 2024

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