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Winter Vegetable Pasta

Winter Vegetable Pasta

Loaded with butternut squash, kale, mushrooms, and walnuts, this winter vegetable pasta is a great cooler weather vegetarian dinner recipe from

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Winter vegetable pasta features hearty cold weather vegetables like butternut squash, kale, and mushrooms in a delightfully fragrant sage brown butter sherry sauce over spaghetti. The perfect pasta to enjoy on chilly evenings, this winter vegetable pasta also features Parmesan cheese for extra salty creaminess and walnuts for a touch of crunch. A flavorful vegetarian pasta dish, the whole family will enjoy this flavorful spaghetti recipe. For this vegetarian pasta recipe, you will need spaghetti, sherry, butter, sage, garlic, butternut squash, mushrooms, kale, walnuts, and Parmesan cheese. No need for tons of spices to get big comforting flavors!

Winter Vegetable Pasta with Sauteed Butternut Squash, Kale, Mushrooms and Walnuts in a big pan with a plate and forks on wood

Winter Vegetable Pasta with Sauteed Butternut Squash, Kale, Mushrooms and Walnuts

I love fall and winter pastas. Not just because I’m pregnant and one of the only things I want to eat on the regular is pasta, but because pasta to me just screams comfort food. And fall and winter just beg for comfort food. Like this winter vegetable pasta.

I’m not sure if it’s the butternut squash or the sage brown butter, but this pasta gives me all the cold weather comfort food feels. Butternut squash just begs to be paired with brown butter. And sage? OMG, it smells like the savory part of the holidays. I clearly love this combo because I used it when I made this brown butter gnocchi with butternut squash, kale, and sage.

Spaghetti, kale, mushrooms, squash, garlic, sage, and walnuts on wood

All the ingredients you need to for this winter vegetable pasta

This dish was definitely somewhat inspired by that with a similar combination of flavors. However, there are a couple of key differences. In this dish, I knew I was going to use regular pasta instead of gnocchi so I wanted to include some meatier flavors instead of going with just butternut and kale. So in addition to those regular suspects, I used mushrooms and walnuts too to up the heartiness factor.

Also, I wanted to make the whole thing on the stove top instead of roasting the squash. I figured that way I’d cut down on the amount of cookware needed and only use my big Bialetti ceramic pan and my beautiful Bialetti pasta pot. Seriously check this pot out.

Bialetti Pasta Pot

Bialetti Pasta Pot

It’s the most gorgeous blue ombre and hello, how convenient is it? There is absolutely no need at all for a colander because you can drain the pasta via the pasta pot’s lid. Amazing, because I always end up pouring some of my pasta into the sink by accident when I drain it in a colander.

Pasta pot draining water over sink

Look at how easy it is to drain the noodles! No more sink spaghetti!

While cooking this winter vegetable pasta on the stove top and using a Bialetti pasta pot does cut down on a lot of the muss and fuss involved with making this dinner, it does require some attention. The butternut squash takes a little time to cook perfectly on the stove. It’s not hard, but you do need to stir it occasionally to make sure it cooks evenly and doesn’t stick. But like when I make risotto, I find this process sort of relaxing. Just turn on the radio and enjoy the process and the delicious smells and get psyched to eat this yummy pasta.

Spaghetti, kale, mushrooms, squash, garlic, sage, and walnuts on wood

Spaghetti, kale, mushrooms, squash, garlic, sage, and walnuts on wood

Tips for Making Perfectly Delicious Winter Vegetable Pasta

A hand sprinkling Parmesan cheese over a saute pan full of winter vegetable pasta

Give this winter vegetable pasta a hearty sprinkle of Parmesan cheese before serving

  • To cut your cooking time down, cut the butternut squash into smaller pieces, like inch cubes. You can absolutely use the precut squash cubes from the grocery store, but you’ll want to cut those cubes into smaller pieces.
  • Brown the butter first. It doesn’t take long so keep a close eye on your butter.
  • As soon as your butter starts to turn brown, turn the heat down and throw in your sage leaves just until they wilt. I like to pull them out then because I don’t like the texture of the cooked sage in the finished dish.
  • When the sage is out, add the aromatic garlic, sherry, and squash. You’ll need to give this mix about half an hour to cook covered prior to adding any of the other veggies so make sure you give yourself enough time.
  • Don’t forget to stir it regularly!
  • Anytime you add a layer, season it with a little salt and pepper. Taste after each layer so you know how much seasoning you have. Remember, you can always add more but it’s harder to cut seasoning if you have over seasoned it.
  • The kale will seem like way too much at first, but it cooks down a lot! Trust me and keep stirring. The kale will reduce by over half in a few minutes after adding it to heat.

    Spaghetti, kale, mushrooms, squash, garlic, sage, and walnuts on wood

    Spaghetti, kale, mushrooms, squash, garlic, sage, and walnuts on wood

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Spaghetti, kale, mushrooms, squash, garlic, sage, and walnuts on wood

Winter Vegetable Pasta

  • Author: Seasoned Sprinkles
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Full of butternut squash, kale, and mushrooms, this winter vegetable pasta is a hearty vegetarian pasta dish with the fragrant, cozy flavors of sage browned butter and garlic.


  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 sage leaves
  • 4 cloves of garlic, pressed
  • 1 cup of sherry
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into small cubes
  • 3 cups of chopped kale, stems removed
  • 16 ounces of mushrooms, cut into slices
  • 1 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound of spaghetti, cooked according to package directions


  1. Heat a large saute pan over medium heat with two tablespoons of olive oil. Add the butter and let it melt, stirring frequently. As the butter begins to brown, add the sage and continue to stir. Cook the sage leaves for about a minute, until the sage wilts and releases its fragrance. Pull the sage leaves out. Add the 4 cloves of pressed garlic, butternut squash and sherry. Season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat, covered for 30 to 40 minutes or until the squash is fork tender. Stir periodically while it cooks. When squash is tender, add mushrooms and stir. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for two to three minutes, then add the kale. Season with salt and pepper. Stir continuously when kale is added until the kale is cooked down to less than half the initial volume. Finish by stirring in cooked spaghetti, cheeses and walnuts.


Feel free to use precut squash and to cut down on prep time.


  • Serving Size: 1 serving

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Sunday 30th of September 2018

looks like a great combo for our fall / winter menu. I believe I will add it in will be a different for the family thanks for sharing

Anne | onedeterminedlife

Saturday 29th of September 2018

His looks yummy. I love fall food. I also am in love with that blue pot. So awesome

Anwesha Guha

Saturday 29th of September 2018

This dish is a must to try for all the vegetarians out there. Absolutely perfect for the winter season!

Kasey Ma

Saturday 29th of September 2018

This looks like a phenomenal dish, I will definitely Italy have to try this out!

Kasey Ma


Saturday 29th of September 2018

This pasta dish looks really tasty. I love to use seasonal produce when I get it.

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