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Squash, sage and mozzarella pasta recipe

Squash, sage and mozzarella pasta recipe

10 ratings

Here's a healthy, veggie pasta dish you can fall back on any night of the week that's fast, fresh and full of flavour. Blended squash creates a low-fat, creamy sauce that works so well with melting mozzarella and crispy sage. Bellissimo! See method

  • Serves 4
  • Takes 25 mins
  • 422 calories / serving
  • Healthy
  • Vegetarian


  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes (around 500g prepped weight)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 20g pack fresh sage, leaves picked, stems reserved
  • 300g spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to serve (optional)
  • 210g ball mozzarella, drained
1 of your 5 a day and low in fat

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    11g 15%
  • Saturates

    5g 23%
  • Sugars

    8g 8%
  • Salt

    0.3g 6%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 63g Protein 16.3g Fibre 2.6g


  1. Put the squash cubes in a lidded pan and cover with water. Add the garlic, sage stems and a pinch of salt. Bring to a simmer over a medium- high heat, then cover and boil for 15 mins until the squash is tender. Drain well, discarding the sage stems. Or, cover with water in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover, then microwave on high for 8-10 mins* until the squash is very tender.
  2. When the squash is almost done, cook the spaghetti to pack instructions. Drain, reserving 100ml pasta water.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, then add the sage leaves for 1-2 mins until crisp. Drain on kitchen paper.
  4. Blend the squash with a stick blender or in a food processor until smooth, adding a little pasta water to loosen the sauce if needed.
  5. Pour the sauce over the drained spaghetti, adding a little more pasta water to loosen if needed; season. Divide between 4 bowls, tear the mozzarella ball into bite-sized pieces and scatter over the pasta with the crispy sage leaves. Add black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil to serve, if you like.

*Timings correct for a 1,000W microwave

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