Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Butternut Squash Baked Pasta with Portobello Mushrooms and Zucchini

A yummy baked dish that will leave you warm and content on a cool fall day. This recipe shows you how to make a homemade tomato sauce with butternut squash, mushrooms and zucchini. You could make a similar delicious pasta bake by using your own recipe for tomato sauce or a pre-prepared version and adding some fresh vegetables too! This recipe also uses soy ground round for a protein source, if you'd like an alternative to soy you can use 2 to 3 cups of chickpeas or edamame instead, which will compliment the flavours of this dish well.

Butternut Squash Pasta Bake
Makes 8 servings


2 Tbsp olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic
1 can tomatoes (low/no sodium)
1/2 butternut squash, chopped (2 cups)
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp pepper
pinch of salt
2 zucchini, diced
4 portobello mushrooms, diced
1 pack veggie ground round
8 cups cooked pasta
1/2 ball of mozzarella cheese, shredded


1. Warm oil in large pot at medium heat. Add onions and saute for 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes more.

2. Add 1 can of tomatoes, chopped butternut squash and 1/4 of can water. Add basil, parsley, thyme, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium to medium-low heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, cook and drain pasta noodles. Penne, rigatoni, or scoobi-doo (above) are good choices for this dish.

4. Once butternut squash is tender, using a hand blender, puree until a nice smooth sauce.
5. Add zucchini, mushrooms and ground round. Cook for 5 minutes more at medium-heat.
6. Mix pasta noodles with sauce in a large pot and pour into a large baking tray. Top with grated cheese.

7. Cover with tin foil and bake in oven for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove tinfoil for last 5 minutes of baking.
8. Serve warm alone or with a green, leafy salad.


Much love & good eating,



  1. This looks delicious! I am definitely going to try this!

  2. I would love to make this for a potluck dinner with friends. What would you suggest I do, prepare it beforehand and bake it at the hostesses house OR bake it and reheat it there?

    Love the blog!!!

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  4. Either way - you could make and bake there or bake first and reheat. If you reheat, just make sure to cover so it doesn't dry out.