Butternut Squash Pasta Carbonara Recipe

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Leroy Hunter Modified: March 23, 2022
Butternut Squash Pasta Carbonara Recipe

How To Make Butternut Squash Pasta Carbonara

Serving carbonara at Thanksgiving? This butternut squash pasta carbonara recipe is rich and creamy with balanced flavors from the squash, bacon, and sage.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Total: 1 hour



  • 6slicesbaconchopped
  • 1tbspfresh sagefinely chopped
  • 1smallyellow onionchopped
  • 1 butternut squashpeeled, seeded and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • salt
  • black pepperfreshly ground
  • 3clovesgarlicminced
  • 1canlow-sodium chicken broth
  • 1pinchground nutmeg
  • ¼ cupheavy cream(or half and half for a lighter option)
  • 14ozdry linguine
  • cupparmesan cheesefinely shredded, plus more for serving


  1. Cook bacon in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until browned and crisp, add sage and toss to coat in drippings.

  2. Remove bacon and sage from skillet while leaving 2 tablespoons rendered bacon fat in skillet, transfer bacon and sage to a plate lined with paper towels, set aside.

  3. Add onions to drippings in skillet and saute over medium-high heat 2 minutes, then add squash, season with salt and pepper and cook, tossing occasionally 7 minutes (onions should be beginning to brown lightly).

  4. Add in garlic and cook, tossing occasionally, 2 minutes longer. Pour in chicken broth, sprinkle in nutmeg and bring to a boil then reduce heat and allow to simmer until broth has reduced by half, about 15 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, cook linguine to al dente in a large pot of salted water according to directions on package. Drain and reserve 1 cup pasta water.

  6. Let simmered squash mixture cool for a few minutes then transfer mixture to a blender (reserve skillet) and add cream to blender, cover with lid then remove lids center insert. While holding a folded kitchen towel over lid blend mixture until smooth.

  7. In reserved skillet combined drained pasta, pureed squash mixture, and ¼ cup reserved pasta water.

  8. Cook over medium heat, tossing and adding in more pasta water to thin as needed, until sauce coats pasta, about 2 minutes.

  9. Toss in ⅓ cup parmesan, season with salt and pepper to taste. Plate and serve pasta topped with parmesan, bacon, sage and more pepper.


  • Calories: 1876.10kcal
  • Fat: 142.32g
  • Saturated Fat: 84.38g
  • Trans Fat: 0.05g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 43.11g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 6.98g
  • Carbohydrates: 76.28g
  • Fiber: 3.93g
  • Sugar: 11.07g
  • Protein: 75.21g
  • Cholesterol: 450.15mg
  • Sodium: 2400.19mg
  • Calcium: 1978.44mg
  • Potassium: 707.76mg
  • Iron: 3.34mg
  • Vitamin A: 1295.04µg
  • Vitamin C: 3.54mg
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