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If you like traditional carbonara, you are going to love creamy butternut squash carbonara pasta with Parmesan, bacon and sage. The best fall comfort food. |

Butternut Squash Carbonara Pasta

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  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings


If you like traditional carbonara, you are going to love creamy butternut squash carbonara pasta with Parmesan, bacon and sage. The winter squash pasta is the best fall comfort food.


  • 1/2 large butternut squash, peeled and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 8 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 large onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons sage, chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 lb. linguine pasta
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated (plus more for garnish)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Place chopped butternut squash on a rimmed baking sheet. Add olive oil, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and cinnamon. Toss to combine. Roast until tender, approximately 20-25 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly.
  2. While the squash is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  3. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in the skillet. Add onion and cook for about 6-8 minutes until translucent. And chopped sage and cook for one more minute. Turn off heat and set aside.
  4. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente, or in accordance with package instructions. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta cooking water.
  5. Add the slightly cooled squash to a food processor and puree until smooth. Slowly drizzle in 1/4 cup of reserved pasta water and pulse.
  6. Add squash purée, egg yolks, and Parmesan cheese into the skillet with onion and sage. Use a whisk to combine while everything is still warm — it will slightly cook the eggs. Add pasta and bacon and toss to combine. (If pasta sauce is too thick, slowly drizzle in more of the reserved cooking liquid).
  7. Plate pasta on individual plates or in bowls and top with additional Parmesan cheese, chopped sage, and LOTS of freshly grated black pepper (it makes the dish!). Serve immediately.


Equipment used: 1/2 pan baking sheet pan, large skillet, and large pot.

How to change the pasta sauce consistency: If the pasta sauce is too thick, thin it out as much as you like with more reserved pasta water.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Category: Pasta
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American