What’s better than a warm bowl of delicious pasta on a cool fall day? In my opinion, not much! This butternut squash pasta with lemon butter sauce is so delicious and loaded with fall flavors. 

Butternut Squash Pasta with Lemon Butter – Healthyish Foods

The fresh rosemary and thyme really enhance this dish and make it feel so cozy. Mix in the seasonal veggies and fruits and this recipe is all around perfect! This was the first time I added pomegranate seeds into a pasta recipe and honestly, I really loved them. They add an extra burst of flavor and texture that tasted so good with the lemon butter sauce. Plus, their bright color makes the dish look so festive and fun! This recipe is perfect any night of the week but would look so beautiful on your table for the holidays too! 

Butternut Squash Pasta with Lemon Butter – Healthyish Foods

So, if you’re in the mood for fall food, give this recipe a try! Looking for more pasta recipes? Try my chicken enchilada pasta or my pumpkin mac n’ cheese

Butternut Squash Pasta with Lemon Butter – Healthyish Foods
Butternut Squash Pasta with Lemon Butter – Healthyish Foods

Butternut Squash Pasta with Lemon Butter

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Pasta and veggies / fruit:

  • 8 ounces pasta , I used thin spaghetti
  • ¼ cup pasta water
  • 1 small-medium butternut squash , peel, remove the ends and take out the seeds
  • 1-2 cups fresh kale , remove the stems and roughly chop
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds

Lemon butter sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil , extra to drizzle over the pasta
  • 1 cup diced white or yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup white wine , I used sauvignon blanc
  • 3-4 sprigs thyme, fresh not dried
  • 2 sprigs rosemary , fresh not dried
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cracked black pepper , to taste
  • ¼ cup 4 tablespoons butter, salted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, fresh squeezed


  • pasta pot
  • baking tray
  • peeler
  • saucepan
  • colander


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Gently spray a baking tray with cooking spray. Set it aside.

Prepare the pasta:

  • Boil a pot of water and cook your pasta according to the package. I like to cook mine al dente because it will continue to cook in the saucepan.
    Reserve a 1/4 cup of pasta water for the sauce.
    Drain off pasta water, drizzle the noodles with olive oil and set them aside.

Roast the butternut squash:

  • Peel your butternut squash using a potato peeler. Remove the ends, cut it in half and then remove the seeds inside. Cube the butternut squash or slice it into ½ inch thick pieces. Place the butternut squash on the prepared baking tray. Drizzle it with olive oil and bake it for 30-35 minutes or until it is fork tender. Once its fully cooked remove it from the oven and set it aside.

Prepare the lemon butter sauce:

  • In a large saucepan add olive oil, fresh thyme, rosemary, minced garlic, diced onions, salt and pepper. Stir until well combined.
  • Once the onions begin to brown, deglaze the pan with the white wine. Add the lemon juice, reserved pasta water, and butter. Simmer over a medium-high heat.
    Remove the rosemary and thyme springs.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the prepared kale. Once the kale begins to wilt, add in the cooked pasta and butternut squash.
  • Toss everything together until the pasta and squash are well coated in the sauce.
  • Transfer the pasta to a platter and top the entire dish with the fresh pomegranate seeds.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!