Sage is one of my favorite herbs to work with. I love how it crumbles and no matter how dry it is, the aroma still permeates the air. This butternut squash and sage pasta aroma is heavenly. You may want to make it just to smell it! But truthfully the taste is pretty stupendous too!
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About the Pasta on Trim Healthy Mama
This is one of those dishes that need a little bit more celebration than usual because it is using TWO different types of pasta! Can I hear an AMEN!? Well, actually this is butternut squash and sage pasta, so the first pasta is just spiralized butternut squash, but in my book, it counts because its so fabulous tasting.
The second type of pasta is what we need to talk about though. If you are on Keto or the Trim Healthy Mama diet you may have heard of Dreamfield pasta a time or two. Because of the fiber coating it uses, the body does not digest all the carbs. There is only 5 net carbs per serving.
However, Dreamfields doesn't work for everyone. I can eat it once a week with no negative effect on my blood sugar, but there are others that cannot do this. You will need to experiment and decide for yourself if you can do Dreamfield pasta on your journey.
Benefits of Butternut Squash
I just love how the butternut squash shines through in this recipe. I use a spiralizer from Kitchen Aid to get the perfectly shaped veggie noodles, but I know many others like a spiralizer that doesn't go on a Kitchen Aid, this one is a popular option.
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B
In as little as 3 tablespoons you can reap the amazing benefits of this squash. It is excellent for eye health as well!
Butternut squash is excellent to keep around because it does not spoil very fast. It will grow these in my garden and keep them around in a dark dry place all winter and use as needed!
What does Butternut Squash Pair well with?
The only thing lacking from this Butternut Squash and Sage pasta is a good dose of protein. Protein is essential on Trim Healthy Mama, so you will need to plan to add some more protein to this dish if you want to eat it as a meal. Because of the carbohydrate content, a lean protein will work best. A nice chicken breast or a lean fish fillet would work perfectly and pair very well with the flavors of this dish.
Do you Peel Butternut Squash before cooking?
For this recipe, I did peel my butternut squash before cooking, but that was because I wanted to spiralize it. If you just want baked butternut squash, you can slice the squash in half, take out the seeds, and bake with the skin still on. For this recipe, I recommend spiralizing or cubing your squash. Both methods would require peeling before cooking.
A Butternut Squash and Sage Pasta
I love sage and when I saw that sage pasta was a 'thing' on google, I could not wait to try it! My garden sage did not disappoint. The recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of crushed sage. I would start there if you are concerned about over-flavoring, but if you love sage as much as I do, you might consider increasing the amount! Two tablespoons seemed to taste really good to me.
If you crush dried sage from your garden, make sure to remove the stems if you have not already done so.
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