Roasted Acorn Squash Pasta

by zesty on October 19, 2011 · 20 comments

Hey All,  Here is a simple pasta dish that you can make on a fall evening when you want to get warm.  I am just sitting in the airport waiting to fly home this morning and so far so good from a flight perspective.  Timing is a little bit tight so I wanted to go back to a post from almost 3 years ago that is a great dish to make as the leaves change and the temperature begins to cool down.

In looking back at this dish there is something missing… Can you guess what it is?  Protein!  Yes.  So to make these an even better balanced dish, I would recommend maybe some shrimp or chicken as well.  Either or will work but I really think some grilled or pan seared shrimp with a hint of chili pepper and lime would be a super match.  Such a match that I am kind of licking my lips at 6:45 am.  Strange I know… but True!

Comfort food…

This is a very rustic dish packed with a great flavor and texture combination.



Feel free to add your favorite vegetables for this dish; there is really no limit as to what you could add for variety.


  • Organic Spaghetti
  • 1 Acorn Squash
  • 1 Medium White Onion
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. Soy Sauce
  • 1 Clove Garlic (crushed)
  • 1 Tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil



  1. In a medium sauce pan add a touch of olive oil and saute the garlic.
  2. Cook gently for 4 minutes, then add maple syrup and soy sauce and bring to a boil.
  3. Let reduce for 10 minutes on simmer.

Vegetables and Pasta

  1. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F.
  2. Prepare acorn squash and white onion and cut into small chunks, place on lined cookie sheet.
  3. Drizzle vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes to cookie sheet.
  6. Baste vegetables with the sauce at this point.
  7. Bake an additional 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and peel squash.
  9. Cook spaghetti as per directions (reserve 2 Tablespoons of pasta water).
  10. Once cooked, add pasta back to the cooking pot, toss in the vegetables, pour over the sauce and reserved water.
  11. Mix gently.

  13. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: If at anytime you find your sauces to thin or runny, add a slurry to thicken the sauce.  A slurry is a tablespoon of cornstarch or flour to 2 tablespoons of luke warm water.  Mix that together without any lumps and add it to the sauce.  bring the sauce to a boil and watch it thicken.  adjust amounts of starch and water based on the quantity of sauce.

What is your favorite side dish to eat with pasta? Mine has to be fresh bread of any kind.  Park me in front of this plate with a slab of homemade bread and zesty is a happy camper.

Have a great Wednesday and I will chat with you on Friday.

Take care


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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Megan

I still have never tried acorn squash. Maybe it’s time. Love all the flavors in this recipe.


2 Erin

That sounds delicious!


3 Mara

That looks awesome!!
When I have pasta, i’ve gotta have a salad on the side… comes from growing up and eating at the Olive Garden!


4 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)

Yum – I bet your kitchen smelled so good!


5 coco

real delish!!!!!!!!~~~~~~


6 ttfn300

that look fanastic!


7 VeggieGirl


Favorite side dish with pasta = roasted or sauteed vegetables.


8 The Other Jessie :)

great dish! one of the things I love about pasta and vegetables is that like you said you can add pretty much any of your favorite vegetables! I love the aroma of the veggies cooking, such a great cooking smell!


9 Laurie

Maple syrup on pasta! Wow, I never would have thought of that, but it sure looks yummy.


10 HoneyB

This sounds great. I think I will try it with Butternut Squash (since I have an abundance of it from my mom’s garden!)


11 Jenna

This sound soooo good!! *Also, thanks for the tip!

Favorite sidedish with pasta: SALAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


12 Biz

Never thought to about maple syrup – unusual!


13 Bob

Looks great! Yeah, fresh bread is the best with pasta. I like garlic/herb breads in particular.


14 Jenn (eating bender)

Thanks for the shout out, Zesty!

That pasta sounds AMAZING. And I couldn’t have picked a better accompaniment myself – homemade or freshly baked store-bought bread is the BEST! My absolute favorite food – no doubt about it!


15 Katherine

The maple syrup with the sweetness of the buttenut squash and the saltiness of the soy sauce sounds wonderful.


16 Juliet

This sounds – and looks – delicious!


17 Andrea@WellnessNotes

I love roasted veggies, but I don’t think I ever paired them with pasta! This sounds delicious!


18 Jena

Side dish with pasta? I used to have a salad with pasta when I lived with my parents, but I don’t bother with salads much now–too much hassle with a baby and busy evenings. But you know, having only eaten jello in the last 24 hours–and nothing for days before that (I’ve been in the hospital), the idea of a salad is making me salivate. Mmmmm. (And me with all those tomatoes from my garden doing who knows what back home.)


19 Courtney Jones

This looks absolutely amazing! I’ll have to try it out this week :)


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