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Healthy + Cheap Pasta Dish: Sage + Butternut Squash Linguine

I am a lover of pasta, but so many of the delicious recipes have so. much. cheese. Don’t get me wrong, I am also a lover of cheese, buuuuut it usually gives me a stomach ache (worth it).

I wanted to find a pasta dish that would be really healthy and equally simple/cheap to make. Many of the ones I found sounded dry and tasteless, so I made some improvements to make this savory, hearty (and dare I say fancy) dinner! Butternut squash is packed with Vitamin A, fiber, potassium, and magnesium, and it makes this dish taste amazing. Even better, almost all of the ingredients were things I always have on hand.

If you’re looking for an easy, low fat, nutrient-packed pasta dish, give this one a try. It is also lactose-free and can easily be made vegetarian (substituting veg. broth for chicken broth). Great meatless main!

Sage + Butternut Squash Linguine

Cost for ingredients we did not already have on hand = <$10.00.

Serves 6-8.


  • 4 tbs of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 bunch of Swiss Chard (looks like Romaine lettuce with a red tint; you’ll find it in the produce section)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 medium butternut squash
  • 1 lb of linguine
  • 2 tbs fresh sage


  • Peel and cube the butternut squash. Mince garlic. Chop the onion, wash the swiss chard thoroughly and cut leaves into 2 inch thin strips (discard stems).
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter and sauté garlic for a few minutes. Add chicken broth and bread crumbs, stirring to thicken. Add olive oil, red pepper flakes, onion and squash.
  • Meanwhile, boil a large pot of water and add 1 lb of linguini. Cook according to directions.
  • Cook for several minutes until the butternut squash is soft and a sauce begins to form. Add the swiss chard and chopped sage. Cook 5 more minutes.
  • Combine sauce with cooked and drained linguine. Enjoy while hot!

Hope you enjoy!

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Hi all! I'm a Doctoral student studying Counseling Psychology. I love talking about mental health, physical wellness, faith, and all things psychology! I also am a Christian, a runner, Netflix enthusiast, and a dog lover. Thanks for stopping by!


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