BM #100 Week 2 Day 1 - 

The pasta sauce here is made with butternut squash and spiced up with onions, garlic and chilies. It is thick and creamy with the addition of milk and cheese. It is kid-friendly for sure.

This week I have chosen to highlight some family favorite recipes which start with the letter 'B'. Butternut squash happens to be my older one's favorite vegetable and so I tried making the pasta sauce with it and she prefers this sauce over any other store bought sauce.

Ingredients - 

Butternut Squash peeled, seeded and cubed 2 cups
Onion sliced 1/2 cup
Garlic 3-4 cloves
Salt as needed
Olive Oil 2 Tbsp
Crushed Pepper Flakes and/or Green chilies as needed
Water or Vegetable Stock 2 cups
Cream or Milk 1/2 cup
Cheese as needed
Spaghetti 3-4 servings

Method Of Preparation -

In a heated pan, add oil and saute onions, green chilies (if using) and garlic. After the onions are golden brown, add the butternut squash and 2 cups of water/vegetable stock.

Cover and allow the squash to cook for about 15-20 minutes. I cooked the squash separately in the microwave to make it faster. 

After the squash is cooked through, remove from heat. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes and then puree the mixture adding cream/milk and shredded cheese as needed.

The sauce is ready to use or store for later. I refrigerate it for upto a week.

The pictures in this post feature the sauce with spaghetti. Just boil spaghetti as per the instructions on the box, drain and mix in the sauce, sprinkle cheese and garnish with spring onions. Serve warm.


Preparation Time 30 minutes
Makes 2 1/2 cups of sauce


  1. Nice way to use butternut squash. I usually make soup and will try pasta sauce next time I get butternut squash.

  2. rajani Says:
  3. I make Indian kootu or sambar with butternut squash. Good way to use it as a sauce for pasta.

  4. Sowmya :) Says:
  5. Butternut squash as pasta sauce sounds delicious. The pics are making me drool. Such a lovely dish for BM100!!

  6. That is a thick and creamy pasta sauce. Butternut squash must have added so much flavor. Nice one.

  7. Kalyani Says:
  8. that GF, Vegan sauce is such a welcome change from the usual pasta sauces.. bookmarked !

  9. Never tried squash like this. The sauce looks wonderful and when kids like vegetables, it makes our life so much easier.

  10. Srivalli Says:
  11. That sauce sounds fantastic Harini, what a fantastic way to include that in our diet!

  12. Pavani Says:
  13. That is a delicious and healthy pasta sauce made with butternut squash Harini. I have to try this for my kids some time.

  14. Narmadha Says:
  15. Interesting idea and they look so tempting and I am sure kids will finish in no time

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