Week 4 of Twelve Weeks of Winter Squash comin’ at ya! Time freaking flies, friends.

Butternut Squash Linguine with Kale and Portobellos // Warm Vanilla Sugar

I have exactly two weeks of class left + one week of exams, which means….I’m DONE (for the holidays) in three weeks. Haleluja!

Butternut Squash Linguine with Kale and Portobellos // Warm Vanilla Sugar

This also means that I’m making giant pots of food on Sundays and eating that food for the rest of the week.

*this girl* needs to study!….and a tall glass of bourbon, but that’s neither here nor there.

Butternut Squash Linguine with Kale and Portobellos // Warm Vanilla Sugar

I’m still making quality food like this pasta though! It’s an easy linguine, has a fabulously flavourful butternut squash sauce, mixed in with walnuts, kale, and parmesan, and is topped with garlicky portobello mushrooms.

Butternut Squash Linguine with Kale and Portobellos // Warm Vanilla Sugar

Hope you enjoy! xo

Butternut Squash Linguine with Kale and Portobellos

Yield: 8 plates of pasta


  • 1 box linguine (13.25 ounces weight)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 1/2 cups butternut squash puree (recipe below)
  • 2 portobello mushroom caps
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup broken walnut pieces
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 Tbs fresh sage, chopped (optional)


  1. In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Add the linguine and cook, stirring occasionally, for 9 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Roughly chop the kale into bite sized pieces. Slice your portobello caps into thick slices. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in the same pot as the linguine was boiled. Add the garlic and portobello slices. Saute for about 5 minutes until the portobellos start to get tender. Add in kale and let it cook down for another 5 minutes or so - you want the kale tender as well. Once finished, remove the mushrooms and kale from the pot and set aside.
  3. Next, reduce the heat to medium low and combine the butternut squash puree, cream cheese, milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper in a pot (you can keep re-using the same one!). Whisk to combine.
  4. To the sauce add the cooked linguine, walnuts, sage, and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine everything. Then fold in the cooked kale, portobellos, and garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste, if needed.
  5. Once everything is heated and combined, serve and garnish with a little bit more Parmesan and chopped fresh sage.


Recipe adapted from In Sock Monkey Slippers


Butternut Squash Puree


  • 1 whole Butternut squash


  1. Heat your oven to 400ºF.
  2. Split a butternut squash in half and spoon out the seeds. Stab each half a few times with a fork.
  3. Place the two halves cut side up in a baking dish and roast for about an hour or until very soft inside. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  4. Scrape up all the flesh inside the squash, leaving only an empty shell or rind behind and place into a food processor or big bowl. If there is a lot of thick flesh that is too hard to be scraped up, then the squash needs to roast longer.
  5. Using a food processor or an immersion blender puree until smooth. Refrigerate immediately; this will last for a few days in the fridge or a couple months in the freezer, well-sealed. When you take it out to use it you will probably notice some water separation. Make sure to drain this water away before using it in a recipe.

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36 Responses to Butternut Squash Linguine with Kale and Portobellos

  1. This is totally fuel for the brain and the body…looks delicious!

  2. Andj says:

    What a perfect fall pasta! Do you think spinach would work in there instead of kale? I have a giant bag of spinach I need to use up. Good luck on exams!

  3. Katie says:

    Sounds delicious! Just packed full of healthy stuff.

  4. This is a healthy meal in one. I am a big fan of kale and this looks so hearty.

  5. Katrina,
    I can’t believe you have just two weeks of classes left for this semester. It seems like just a day or so ago you were lamenting the return to school following the beautiful summer you had! Speaking of beautiful, this dish completely warm and inviting. I love it!! Thanks for the post!!!

  6. Ashley says:

    Oh this pasta sounds just downright amazing! I love everything in here – especially the combo of mushrooms, kale and butternut squash – so good! Good luck with all your studying!!

  7. elly says:

    Looks awesome. I might try this next weekend with goat cheese instead of cream cheese, since the baby seems to tolerate it better.

  8. Yum this looks so hearty and healthy too! I loove pasta (especially during exam times, it’s so comforting!) Good luck with your exams!

  9. Alex says:

    Looks great Katrina!

  10. sippitysup says:

    Tall glass of bourbon. Yeah. Me too. GREG

  11. This looks like a super yummy fall pasta dish! It’s packed full of great stuff.

  12. Tracey says:

    Butternut squash sauce and portobello mushrooms?? I could seriously eat this every day, it sounds amazing!

  13. Emily says:

    Yum! This looks delicious! So creamy.

  14. Joanne says:

    Butternut squash as sauce is my current favorite. Love this! Also YES for you almost being done! Home stretch!

  15. Rachel Cooks says:

    I can’t think of anything to say except “holy crap this looks good.”

    And..good luck on your exams. 🙂

  16. This looks insanely delicious! Good luck with the last few weeks of school!

  17. A pasta recipe I have never tried. We Italians cook always the same 3-4 types of pasta! I remember I hated so much my mum’s pasta with big pieces of slimy squash. This one is THE recipe of pasta with butternut squash, I can almost taste its creaminess and the bold flavor of the portobellos!

  18. Meg says:

    This looks fabulous! I’ve gotten quite obsessed with butternut squash this year — definitely need to incorporate more of it into our meals. Yum!

  19. Yay for break being so close! Love this pasta! So hearty and full of great flavors!

  20. This sounds wonderful! I love adding kale to pasta dishes, and any time I hear the word “garlicky”, I’m totally there!

  21. Oh wow, this is totally my type of dish. I love pasta, I love butternut squash, I looooove kale, and I dig mushrooms. Want a big bowl of this right now!

  22. Monet says:

    I just finished a big dinner (of pasta) and now I’m craving a bowl of this. You always make me hungry! Love all the veggies in here. A great way to enjoy the winter months and stay healthy!

  23. This is some serious comfort food Katrina! I wish you the best with all your studies and exams. Btw, I like to study with a tall glass of bourbon too 😛

  24. This sounds awesome! The garlic mushrooms on top, in particular. I’m always looking for pasta dishes so I’m parking this one down 🙂

  25. laurasmess says:

    Good luck for finishing up the semester Katrina! Yeeew! Haha, the bourbon sounds really good right now (but for work reasons rather than study… argh, the stress never ends in the job I chose!) but this pasta sounds even better! Gorgeous colours and flavours, plus the nutrient boost of goodness in this wins on all counts. Thanks for the awesome recipe, Happy Thanksgiving for the weekend!! xxx

  26. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This has my name all over it!! These flavors are absolutely perfect, loving this 🙂

  27. Hannah says:

    Sweet lord! That combo sounds mindblowing, Katrina! Best of luck for your exams 😀

  28. Fantastic linguine recipe! Greetings from Toronto!

  29. This look absolutely delicious — and perfect seasonal colours!

  30. This look absolutely delicious — and I love the seasonal colours!

  31. Hi Katrina,

    This pasta looks delicious! I think I’m also going to stick to your strategy the coming week: cook a big pot of food and eat leftovers for the rest of the week. Been super busy with my thesis, family get-togethers, blogging and training my pup… (she’s got an exam coming up too)!

    By the way, do you know your site is not always online? This is the first time I have been able to access it since you posted your engagement photo’s!

  32. Heather says:

    You had me at garlicky portabellas (and maybe at Bourbon) this looks and sounds so amazing!

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