All the delicious flavors of Fall! This Autumn Harvest Butternut Squash Noodle Recipe has a little bit of everything. Loaded with dried cranberries, walnuts, pancetta, and topped with a honey balsamic. A little sweet, a little salty and a whole lot of delicious!
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I’ve been watching our little Butternut Squash patch all Summer long. Waiting for today when they were finally ready to harvest.
I love to eat Butternut Squash and when it’s fresh from your own garden somehow it tastes even better.
When I was growing up Butternut Squash was a staple at the Thanksgiving Table. However it was usually just boiled and mashed, which is a delicious way to eat butternut squash. Now that I’m grown I love preparing butternut squash all different ways though.
One of my favorite ways to prepare butternut squash now is by spiralizing it to create Butternut Squash Noodles.
How to cook Butternut Squash Noodles
Butternut Squash Noodles can be boiled, roasted or sauteed. It can even be eaten raw and makes a great topping broken into pieces on salads.
How do you spiralize Butternut Squash
Spiralizing Butternut Squash and other vegetables has become quite popular. It’s a great way to create many traditional pasta dishes in a lower calorie form. I love eating Butternut Squash Noodle Recipes and other spiralized veggies so I purchased my own spiralizer. Click here for the one I use. It has other types of slicing features as well.
To spiralize butternut squash you want to start by cutting the ends off and skinning it using a potato peeler. The skin on butternut squash is tough so you’ll want to make sure your peeler is good quality and sharp.
Keep in mind when making butternut squash noodles you will only be using the long end of the squash. The other end that contains the seeds will be saved for another use.
It’s best not to use a very large butternut squash but if that’s all you have you’ll need to cut it length wise to fit in your spiralizer.
Once it’s ready just place it in you spiralizer and turn the handle. It’s a good idea to break pieces off every so often as they come out. Otherwise you will have very very very long noodles!
If you are new to eating spiralized vegetables and want to try them out first there are other options. Many grocery stores carry spiralized vegetables already prepared and ready to go. Check with your market to see if they have them.
What health benefits does Butternut Squash have
Butternut Squash is a good source of fiber and potassium. It’s beneficial for digestion, blood pressure, healthy hair and skin as well as many other things. Click here for more info on its health benefits.
This Autumn Harvest Butternut Squash Noodle Recipe was inspired by a dish I had at my daughter’s college dining hall. Yes…you heard that correctly. College campus food has come a long way. In fact her particular college has been rated number 1 in the country for 3 years in a row for “Best College Campus Dining Hall Food”.
I have been trying to recreate this tasty Butternut Squash Noodle dish since I had it. Finally we have a winner!
All the delicious flavors of Fall. This Butternut Squash Noodle Recipe has a little bit of everything. Loaded with dried cranberries, walnuts, pancetta, and topped with a honey balsamic. A little sweet, a little salty and a whole lot of delicious!
- 2 Medium Butternut Squash ,Peeled and spiralized
- 1 , 4 ounce package Diced Pancetta
- 1 Cup Dried Cranberries
- 1 Cup Chopped Walnuts or Pecans ,optional
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh thyme ,chopped or 1 teaspoon dried
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons Honey
- Salt and pepper to taste
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat
In a small bowl whisk together balsamic and honey. Set aside.
Place pancetta in skillet and cook until browned.
Add Butternut squash noodles and toss to coat with the oil from the pancetta.
Add dried cranberries and walnuts and toss in the pan to distribute.
Cook for about 7 minutes tossing occasionally, then add balsamic and honey, toss to incorporate.
Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add Thyme and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for another minute and remove from heat.
*Watch closely while cooking. Over cooked noodles will turn to mush. You want them to be al dente.
*Chopped bacon can be substituted for pancetta in a pinch.
Grab a fork and enjoy!
Autumn Harvest Butternut Squash Noodle Recipe
I hope you enjoy this Butternut Squash Noodle Recipe! Stop back to see the tasty Butternut Squash Noodle Recipe I’ll be serving later this week. Here’s a sneak peak!