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Rethink pasta night.

If you love pasta, but hate the empty calories, carbs, and—*gasp*—gluten, this recipe for Butternut Squash Bucatini (aka thick-cut butternut squash noodles) is about to change your life.

Feel free to love me forever and ever.

Butternut squash is a phenomenal base for any spiralized noodle dish. It’s versatile, dense, and low on water (like zucchini, which gets soggy and goopy because it’s >90% water), which helps it stay al dente when you cook it. Plus it’s gushing with lean nutrition, including fiber, vitamin A, potassium, vitamin E, and beta-carotene.

For the butternut bucatini you have two prep routes, depending on how lean you’re trying to keep it.

  • Uber-Lean: Pair it with the dairy-free walnut pesto, sauteed kale, and crushed walnuts. This version is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.
  • Decadent: If you want it a little more decadent and gourmand, incorporate the sage brown butter sauce and full-fat ricotta cheese also as a bonus.

Yeah, it’s almost beach season. But trust me, the stacked version is oh-so-worth-it.

PS: for this recipe you’ll need a spiralizer. I like and use the Paderno Spiralizer, which has a thick-cut “bucatini attachment.” They’re ~$40 on Amazon.




 

Recipe: Butternut Squash Bucatini With Walnut Pesto & Sage Brown Butter


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Butternut Squash Bucatini With Walnut Pesto & Sage Brown Butter

  By Bryan DiSanto  

May 16, 2017

If you love pasta, but hate the empty calories, carbs, and—*gasp*—gluten, this easy recipe for Butternut Squash Bucatini (aka thick-cut butternut squash noodles) is about to change your life.

  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yields: 5-6 Servings

Ingredients

1 butternut squash (whole)

1 bunch kale

4 tbsp grass-fed butter

ricotta cheese (full-fat)

Walnut Basil Pesto

2 cups basil

1/2 cup walnuts

2 cloves garlic

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

4 leaves sage (fresh)

salt & Pepper

lemon

Directions

WALNUT BASIL PESTO:

1Add basil, walnuts, garlic, and olive oil to a food processor*. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Process until smooth and creamy. Set aside. You can also use a blender or make it by hand.

SAGE BROWN BUTTER:

1Add butter to a LIGHT COLORED saucepan over low heat. Cook and continuously stir until the butter begins to turn brown (~5 minutes, it should start to smell nutty).

2Once it begins to brown, add fresh sage and take off the heat. Add a few pinches of a salt and set aside. *Pay extra attention to this, it can burn very easily.

SAUTEED KALE:

1Sautee kale in a saucepan with olive oil over medium heat. Season with salt, pepper, and little lemon zest. Cook ~5 minutes until wilted.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH BUCATINI:

1Cut off the base of a butternut squash and peel skin. Choose a thick attachment for your spiralizer and spiralize into noodles.

2Sautee noodles in olive oil on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, or until they start to soften and caramelize. Season with salt and pepper. Don't overcook or they'll get soggy.

3**OPTIONAL: Pour brown butter sauce over noodles and combine thoroughly. Cook ~1 minute and remove from heat.

4Assemble your plate. Add walnut pesto, butternut bucatini, sauteed kale, chopped walnuts, and fresh ricotta (if you want it). Enjoy.

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Bryan DiSanto

Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses and avocado toast, or running a Tough Mudder, I'm probably yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.

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