If you're looking for a vegetable-based pasta dish, this recipe for butternut squash spaghetti with lemon sage sauce could be your answered prayer. I've made this recipe to capture the comfort food of my childhood in a healthy way to embrace the changes from living life on weight watchers.
What Is The Best Way To Make Butternut Squash Noodles?
Growing up, my grandfather often made me Spaghetti and Eggs as a simple breakfast. It was one of my favorites as it was rich in flavor and had a creaminess to it that I loved. Unfortunately, it's also high in carbs and high in points! I was determined to find a way to have a grown-up version. That's when I started playing with this recipe for butternut squash noodles and realized I could recreate it!
How do I spiralize butternut squash?
When you are trying to spiralize butternut squash the first place to start is trimming the top portion, leaving the bottom bulb portion for another recipe. Peel the skin off and cut into two pieces to make it easier to handle. On your spiralizer, set it to the thickest setting to get the best butternut noodles and cut them down to about 6 inches in length.
What is the best spiralizer for butternut squash?
There are 3 types of different spiralizers out on the market right now. The electric spiralizer, the tabletop spiralizer and the handheld spiralizer. Butternut squash is a firm vegetable, so choose a sturdy spiralizer instead of a cheap, flimsy handheld spiralizer. Personally, I prefer the tabletop version that has a crank handle.
Best Tabletop Spiralizer
The one used in the video above is by Inspiralized. The Spiralizer Inspiralizer Pro is super affordable at only $34.95 with prime shipping. There is NO assembly required, just take it out of the box and it is ready to use. It has a handy vacuum base counter clamp to keep it steady on your countertop while you are spiralizing. You have your choice of 4 different noodle shapes: ribbon, fettuccine, linguine or spaghetti. Once you are finished, you can put this in the top rack of the dishwasher to clean.
Best Electric Spiralizer
Hamilton Beach 3-in1 is a spiralizer and a slicer all in one. It is only $39.99 with prime shipping. The appliance is easy to assemble and has three cones to create the strands of noodles and ribbons. All of the parts are dishwasher safe and can be neatly stacked for optimum storage.
How to cook butternut squash noodles in Microwave
A microwave is an excellent tool to use for cooking butternut squash quickly.
- Add the spiralized butternut squash to a microwave-safe bowl, adding in a half of a cup of water.
- Cover the bowl with a microwave-safe cover.
- Cook on high for 5 minutes.
- Drain the water from the bowl and serve!
Can I Use Frozen Butternut Squash?
I will be the first to admit that I am a busy mom when it comes to dinner time. Green Giant Veggie Spirals are a lifesaver when I'm in a time crunch! My daughter gets home from school at 4 pm and is already begging for dinner, I need to whip up meals fast. Most days, we also have other children from the neighborhood over as well! Green Giant has made it easy for me to make healthy meals and incorporate vegetables in unexpected ways.
What Can I Serve With Butternut Squash Noodles?
If you are looking to add this to your weekly meal prep, you can add various protein choices to bulk up this dish or simply eat it with fresh slices of tomato and cucumber. Depending on which plan you are following, boneless, skinless chicken breast is always a great option to include. For those with seafood as one of your zero point foods, you can also go with a fresh fish option like salmon or tuna or even shrimp. I would recommend pairing it with my herb rubbed pork chops or even my rosemary lemon chicken!
How Many Points Are In This Recipe?
With the new Plan, points can vary for those with diabetes. Check your zero point foods. Points can also vary with different brands. Please use your recipe maker to determine your exact points.
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Butternut Squash Spirals with Lemon Sage Sauce
Butternut squash spirals tossed in a delicate lemon sage butter sauce... it's the guilt free pasta of your dreams!
- 1 tbsp Light Butter
- 2 Garlic Cloves, crushed
- 1 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
- ¼ cup Chicken Broth
- 12 oz Butternut Squash Spirals
- ½ cup Fat-Free Mozzarella, Finely Shredded
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1 tbsp Fresh Sage, Cut into ribbons or ripped leaves
- Add the butter to a medium skillet over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, add in crushed garlic.
- Once garlic is fragrant, about a minute into cooking, add in lemon juice and brother until it starts to simmer.
- In a separate mixing cup, beat the two eggs together with half of the mozzarella cheese. Temper your eggs by adding 3 tablespoons of the broth mixture to the mixing cup, stirring constantly before slowing pouring the egg mixture into the pan. Cook for about a minute until the sauce is thick and creamy.
- Add the butternut squash spirals into the skillet with the remaining cheese and toss to combine, letting the noodles cook completely through.
- Serve in a bowl, with the zest of the lemon and fresh sage.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 grams
Amount Per Serving Calories 111Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 100mgSodium 218mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 3gSugar 2gProtein 9g
*This is an automatic calculation by a third party app*
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