Thursday, December 5, 2013

Creamy Squash Rigatoni / Pasta Recipe

Pasta with squash puree. My daughter's favorite these days...

If you are tired of pasta with tomato based recipe here is something different for fall with beautiful orange hues,a squash based one. Squash by itself in soups are too pasty and thick for me I feel it needs something to cling on to and pasta  allows  to do just that :)

Daughty brought this recipe from the store while she went shopping with her dad. She is such a picky eater when it comes to  regular meal so when she said she really loved sample I knew that should be a hit recipe.

To make puree: I usually boil a small piece of squash and a small  piece pumpkin in just enough water and when it cooks almost all the water would dry up, drain off if anything is left and let it cool then either mash or  grind it to puree.It should be really thick.
I have omitted few things from the original recipe that is yogurt and egg.U may use that too if u want.

Acorn squash puree- 1/2 cup (thick)
Pumpkin puree-1/2 cup (thick)
Rigatoni pasta - 8 oz or 1 cup
Milk-1/2 cup
Cream cheese- 4 oz
Onion powder-1/4 tsp
Garlic powder-1/2 tsp
Parmesan cheese -1/4 cup

Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Cook pasta according to the package instructions.
2.Meanwhile combine milk, puree, cream cheese garlic powder, onion powder salt and pepper and microwave on high for 2 minutes until the cheese melts.Keep aside.
3.Drain the cooked pasta  combine it with the prepared mixture and 1/2 of Parmesan cheese  heat on low flame for two minutes or until hot.
4.Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top and serve.

You may use canned puree too.

Hope to hear from you lovely people out there.

Here are some more squash recipes from other awesome blogs:
Feed Me Phoebe: Baked Acorn Squash with Maple-Siracha Glaze
Jeanette's Healthy Living: Thai Red Curry Chicken with Winter Squash
The Lemon Bowl: Stovetop Mac and Cheese with Winter Squash
Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Provencal Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash & Chickpeas
Weelicious: Cinnamon Roast Butternut Squash
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Creamy Squash Rigatoni
Blue Apron Blog: Acorn Squash Tempura Tacos
Taste With The Eyes: A Hearty Tomato Soup with Sausage and Spaghetti Squash
Devour: Winter Squash Macaroni and Cheese
Dishin & Dishes: Roasted Acorn Squash Crescents with Sage Pecan Pesto
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Roasted Pumpkin & Apple Slices with Maple Syrup
Red or Green: Butternut Squash Salad with Kale, Cranberries and Cayenne
Virtually Homemade: Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Basil Walnut Pesto
Domesticate Me: Chipotle Pork Tenderloin and Butternut Squash Tacos
Daily*Dishin: Kahlua Baked Acorn Squash
FN Dish: Comforting Winter Squash Sides


  1. Cream cheese, parmesan kids will love this.

    1. He..hee.. all parents unanimously agree on how their kids have fallen for cheese and pasta. :))

  2. Ur daughter did a good job by bringing the recipe .... She seems to have got interest in cooking like her Mom :) This is a variety.. And it looks delicious...

    1. He hee....hope she takes up this blog some day :)
      Thank you Anupa.

  3. Will try pasta with squash ...Looks so amazing...

  4. Yes everydaughter loves pasta (mine too) So this must be a killer ,delicious,healthy option to regular pasta .Def trying this .

    1. Thank you Sathya do give it a try and let me pl.

  5. This sounds good... I purée most veggies and make the sauce for saana since she is a pasta lover... I haven't yet tried with acorns and pumpkins so will try them soon :)

    1. Thank you Rekha. Do try it I am sure Saana will like it.

  6. have to feed this to my kids so I can add one more vegetable in their list, without knowing them. thank your little princess for sharing this for your fellow kid friends.

    1. Linsy, I showed ur comment to her and she is smiling ear to ear :))
      Thank you Linsy.

  7. Smart girl, keep collecting recipes for mummy. The pasta looks scrumptious.

  8. Awesome and first time coming across the use of pumpkin and squash purees for pasta. Tempting and that splatter of cheese on top? what more can I say.

  9. this sounds delicious.. never tried but with goodness of cheese n spices, it should be best

  10. Wow! Delicious pasta with hidden veggies that too pumpkins and squash. You know, I never buy pumpkin at home as no one takes it. But this looks wonderful. Will definitely try this and will get back to you.

  11. Very tempting n wanna finish right now...

  12. Wow Meena, the hard work you put in your posts does show up, Very neatly written and I love the fact that you have so many squash recipes on your blog. Bookmarked this post .. thank you for sharing :)

    1. Thank you Nupur. Wish all those squash links were mine they are from other sites :) but u can definitely try it all .

  13. This Pasta recipe is interesting and new to me... i wud try somtime...

  14. This is totally my kind of dish -- creamy, seasonal and pretty! yum!


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