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Protein Packed Butternut Squash Pasta

Cheesy and delicious butternut squash pasta that is also protein-packed! How do we do it?  Barilla® ProteinPLUS® is a multigrain pasta is made with wholesome, high protein ingredients — no meat required! 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Protein Packed Butternut Squash Pasta
Servings: 6
Calories: 774kcal


  • 4 cup, cubes butternut squash
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 3 clove garlic
  • 1 tablespoon sage, leaves
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 14 1/2 ounce penne pasta, dry
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cup cheddar cheese


  • Peel and carefully cut butternut squash into 1/2 inch cubes. (Tip: pierce squash with a fork and then microwave for 2 minutes before peeling and cutting for a slightly softer squash).
  • Chop 1/2 onion into large chunks. Mince 3 cloves of garlic. Chop 1 tablespoon-worth of fresh sage into small strips.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and 4 cups of cubed squash. Salt and pepper generously. Saute for about 5 minutes, until slightly softened.
  • Meanwhile, boil a large pot of salted water and add one 14.5 ounce package of Barilla® ProteinPLUS® penne pasta. Boil for 11 minutes, then drain and pour back into the pot. Set aside.
  • Once the squash has cooked for 5 minutes or so, add the onion. Saute for 15 minutes more, until the butternut squash is softened.
  • Add garlic and sage to the squash and onion mixture. Saute for another minute or two, then remove from the heat.
  • Add the squash mixture, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1 cup of milk to a blender. Blend until smooth. Add 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese and blend again.
  • Pour the cheesy squash mixture over the Barilla® ProteinPLUS® pasta and stir until well coated. Serve warm.


Calories: 774kcal | Carbohydrates: 99g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 697mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 10g