Cooking Butternut Squash Noodles With Pasta Texture

Cooking Butternut Squash Noodles With Pasta Texture

Happy Monday!  What did you do this weekend?  I had a good one for several reasons, but the three most important ones were definitely because it was SUNNY BOTH DAYS!

I ran 7 miles on Sunday (with ZERO knee pain), AND I got to meet Neil from none other than, Neil’s Healthy Meals and his lovely wife, Lynne on Saturday!  Neil, Lynne, Luke, and I all got together for lunch and had great laughs, food, and general conversation.  I love meeting bloggers I follow in real life!

So, back to the topic at hand today:  BUTTERNUT SQUASH NOODLES!

I’ve had a BUNCH of emails, comments, and in-person questions about my veggie noodle “porn” as one of my pals called it.  We’ve gone too far as humans, right?

Actually, who am I kidding?  LOOK at this zoodle …errr voodle errr …boodle…

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Whatever you call it, it’s magnificent!  I am a former pastaholic.  I put my hands up and admit it.  So when I tell you the following fact, it’s the absolute truth:  I have eaten actual pasta twice in the last eight months.  

Some people are super skeptical about purchasing a spiralizer.  I get it.  My first purchase was the Veggetti.   

I started out making zoodles (zucchini noodles), and at first, I was like, “Ugh, whatever, they suck.”

SO open-minded of me, right?

I stuck by my Veggetti, and I kept using it to make things like cucumber-based salads, carrot-based salads, and regular and sweet potato fries/pancakes.

Then I got an actual sprializer and started playing with the big kids:  Turnip, celeriac, cabbage, and most importantly BUTTERNUT SQUASH.

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So much more than a beautiful veggie

Cooking spiralized noodles has become a sort of trial and error process, for me.  Firstly, I had to contend with the difference between Celsius and Fahrenheit heats switching to a British oven.  Secondly, I am SUPER picky about food texture.  I don’t like my veggie noodles watery and, if I’m making them for a pasta dish, I want them as close in texture to pasta as possible.

There are people who are afraid of change, and the idea of making vegetables into pasta is just something they downright fear.

Side-note:  I feel like there are people who read my blog who were not even born when Wayne’s World came out.

Whatever, I’m old.  It bears repeating.

Obviously.

BUT back to butternut squash noodles.

I’ve discovered there are three rules for cooking butternut squash noodles with PASTA texture:

  1. You must use your Blade C. (I ALWAYS get A and C backward.  Apologies!)
  2. You must cook the noodles FRESHLY spiralized.  (If you store them in the fridge for a few days they will leak moisture and shrivel up into nothingness in the oven. )
  3. You must cook them at a LOW heat (about 125 Celsius/ 250 Fahrenheit) for anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, tossing around the pan every 12-15 minutes.  (My oven takes about 53 minutes, to be exact.)

Your butternut squash noodles will have the most amazing texture if you follow these rules!  My husband devoured/loved my slow cooker marinara sauce best on our noodles.  When you can wrap your veggie noodles around your fork and bite down on that perfect texture, you’ll be like, “spaghetti who?”

..and it started from one amazing veggie!

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Happy butternut squash noodle making!   Get creative or keep it simple. This vegetable in noodle form will seriously make you think twice about grabbing a box of pasta next time you’re at the shop.

Did I also mention it takes almost NO effort to make butternut squash noodles?

I’ve shared this before, but Ali over at Inspiralized.com has a great tutorial for how to prep and spiralize just about anything that can be spiralized.  Check out her tutorial here.

You might also like to see more of my spiralizer recipes here.

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Have you jumped on the spiralized noodle bandwagon yet?

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14 Comments

  1. September 7, 2015 / 10:09 am

    Yay! It was such a good weekend wasn’t it, and it was fab to meet up with you guys!

    Sunny Glasgow eh? Wonder how long it will last. Lol. I suppose it’s best to just count our blessings.

    I’m collecting up your spiralizer recipes for, as I may have mentioned to you before, after Christmas, when, hopefully Santa will have brought me one. Then I will probably be calling on you for lessons. 🙂

    Yep, we’ll need to get our next meet up in the diary soon Erin. I feel we have much to talk about.

    Thanks so much for mentioning my blog here. Check out yours, on my post tomorrow! Sharing the blogging love and new friendships…… 😀

    • September 7, 2015 / 10:52 am

      I’m loving the sunshine! I’m with you, just trying to be grateful for it (however long it holds out)! You will love spiralizing, Neil. As I said the other day, I’m a “meh” cook haha, but the spiralizer helps me to be able to make yummy (and presentable) looking food all the time. I can only imagine the stuff you’ll be creating!
      Yes, let’s try and plan a get together again, soon — we really enjoyed meeting you and Lynne, very much! And yes, we’ve got lots to talk about haha! Luckily it seems Lynne and Luke have some common ground as well as blogger spouses as well! I’ll definitely be over checking out your post tomorrow! Have a wonderful Monday, Neil! 🙂

  2. September 7, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    I bought a piece of crap “spiralizer” yesterday and I want to throw it in the garbage disposal. I love spaghetti squash. It is so good. Have you ever tried it? I am going to try a different spiralizer, I’m not giving up!!!!!
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    • September 7, 2015 / 2:22 pm

      Oh no! Which brand did you buy? When I was still living in the states I used a Paderno (which I think was about $35 off of Amazon)! Seriously, it was amazing. I love spaghetti squash too but find it to be more work than spiralizing (I’m a super lazy cook)! Don’t give up on spiralizing! 😉

  3. September 7, 2015 / 3:51 pm

    I haven’t tried it yet, no. I’m not a big pasta person so maybe I don’t feel as inclined? It looks so pretty though, those squash noodles! I think the kids would think it’s pretty cool. I’m right there with ya on the Wayne’s World movie.

    • September 7, 2015 / 5:24 pm

      I originally got obsessed with spiralizer recipes because of my on-going pasta addiction, but now it’s just such a handy tool for everything! Stir fry, salad, fruit salad, etc. And, yes, I do think it’s a great way to get kids to eat more veggies. You can make awesome healthy macaroni and cheese and fries with spiralized veggies. Mostly, I’m just too lazy to chop stuff these days! 🙂 I can’t believe Wayne’s World is so old. Also, that I am so old. Shock.

  4. September 7, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    This sounds good! I have a spiralizer that I love but I have only made zuchini noodles so far. Going to have to try it with butternut squash. I’ve been looking for a way to get the “noodles” to be less watery so I’ve very anxious to try to your recipe!

    • September 7, 2015 / 10:23 pm

      I know there’s a bunch of ways people cook them but the lower temp and longer baking time works for me every time! I hope you like them, Stephanie! 🙂

  5. September 8, 2015 / 1:20 am

    I (unfortunately) have one of those crap spirilzers. I have really only used it for zucchini; I tried it with a sweet potato, but it was a disaster. I really need to invest in a better. Then I can make THESE!!

    • September 8, 2015 / 9:29 am

      Ugh, yes, Heather you need to upgrade from one of those tiny ones. Spiralizers are so inexpensive for the value they bring to your kitchen — I think ours was about £20 ($29 approx.)! You can make so many amazing things, it makes food prep less stressful, etc.! It’s a great way to really maximize eating veggies and fruit without trying! It’s the best kitchen device! 🙂

  6. September 8, 2015 / 3:26 am

    First of all Wayne’s World rocks!
    Secondly I really need to get a spiralizer! I gather the new one you got was a good one?
    Glad to hear the weather was good over the weekend, makes such a difference. Got a couple of days here with some good weather and then some rain scheduled just in time for the weekend – gah!!

    • September 8, 2015 / 9:26 am

      Wayne’s World does rock! I think it’s on Netflix right now. I MUST re-watch! Yes, Jen, you MUST get a spiralizer for your new kitchen! Yeah, we had great weather for, like, 5 days! It’s freezing and cloudy today, though, so I think I can guess what’s probably in store soon! I’m so ridiculous, I didn’t think it even rained in Australia! Haha I can’t picture it! It must be gorgeous when it is nice! SO jealous! 🙂

  7. September 9, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    So… don’t worry I was very much alive for Wayne’s World 🙂
    I need to upgrade my spiralizer to make this!

    • September 9, 2015 / 9:02 pm

      Haha! I just feel so old with the SNL character movies from the 90’s! The other day I quoted one of them and somebody was like, “um …I wasn’t even born then!” It kills me! I’m all about you upgrading your spiralizer! Out of all of our kitchen gadgets it definitely the most use!

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