Quinoa Penne in Wholesome Butternut Squash Sauce

An epicurean’s delight! Gourmet entree that is nutrition packed with quinoa, coconut oil, coconut milk, turmeric, asparagus and coriander seed! An easy weeknight meal!

GF, vegan,healthy and delicious quinoa penne pasta with gourmet butternut squash sauce
Tresomega Organic Quinoa Penne with Wholesome Butternut Squash sauce
GF, vegan,healthy and delicious quinoa penne pasta with gourmet butternut squash sauce
Quinoa Penne Pasta in wholesome Butternut Squash Sauce

Looking for a gourmet, healthy family meal that is all natural, gluten free, vegan and simply delicious? This entrée is all that plus it is super easy to make! Add to that the fact that the sauce can be made ahead of time too. How convenient is that?

This unique recipe has many layers of flavor which makes it an epicurean delight. I tossed the butternut squash and onions in virgin coconut oil and spices like turmeric and coriander seeds for flavor and for their anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant properties.

The asparagus tossed with virgin coconut oil and sea salt is another yummy and healthful addition to the dish and it juxtaposed well with the quinoa penne.

One bite of this scrumptious quinoa penne in the butternut squash sauce and your family will be hooked! I used Tresomega’s virgin coconut oil and quinoa penne pasta for this recipe.  Check them out at http://www.tresomega.com/ and on FB and Twitter

In full disclosure, the virgin coconut oil and quinoa penne pasta that I used in this post were provided to me at no cost by Tresomega nutrition.

They are available at  Tresomega.com. Sams.com, Amazon.com and Walmart.com

Quinoa Penne in Wholesome Butternut Squash Sauce

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients-

For the sauce-

  • 1 ½ teaspoon Tresomega virgin coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seed powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon dried red chili powder or chili flakes
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 3 cups peeled butternut squash cut into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 large red onion, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar

For the roasted asparagus-

  • ½ pound tender asparagus stalks, trimmed ½ teaspoon Tresomega virgin coconut oil
  • Sea salt to taste

For the quinoa penne-

To make the Quinoa Penne with Wholesome Butternut Squash Sauce-

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a bowl combine the virgin coconut oil with coriander seed powder, turmeric powder, chili powder or chili flakes and the sea salt. Add the peeled and cubed butternut squash and red onion. Toss and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 35 minutes.
  2. Toss the asparagus spears with virgin coconut oil and sea salt. On a separate baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spread the asparagus spears in a single layer and bake for 10 minutes. When cool, cut into pieces. (I added the baking sheet with asparagus to the oven during the last 10 minutes of baking the butternut squash)
  3. Remove both from oven and let cool. Blend the roasted butternut squash and onion with 1 cup of water until smooth. Add the coconut milk and the vinegar and add sea salt if necessary. This will make about 3 cups sauce. Set aside.
  4. Cook the quinoa penne according to directions on box. Drain.
  5. Add the sauce and the roasted asparagus and serve!
  • Note: The butternut squash sauce can be made ahead of time and refrigerated for up to 2 days.

 

Enjoy!

Love,

Sandhya

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20 Comments Add yours

  1. Beyoutiful says:

    Love penne pasta but havent tried it in quinoa! Def should give it a try sometime, thanks for sharing this 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks for stopping by. I really liked the taste and texture of the quinoa penne and the butternut squash sauce went perfectly with it!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I have never tried quinoa pasta before, this really sounds delicious. I have to give it a try. Comfort food that is wholesome and healthful. Love it.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Suzanne. I really liked the taste and texture of the quinoa pasta and the butternut squash sauce went so well with it!

      Like

  3. Lovely.
    Looking very delicious😋

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Surbhi!

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  4. mistimaan says:

    Looks like a very tasty recipe……….would love to taste it 🙂

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  5. Megala says:

    Sounds healthy & tasty !!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks Megala! We liked it a lot!

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks again!

      Like

  6. Loretta says:

    Curiosity drew me to your post and recipe Sandhya. I’d never heard of quinoa penne pasta before. Where did you get it from? I’m sure it’s a whole lot healthier than the ordinary penne.
    Quick and easy, and would make a great weeknight meal.

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Loretta, I liked how well the quinoa penne cooked and tasted. This is organic and gltuen free from a company called Tresomega.
      The butternut squash sauce tasted very yummy too and sure made for a great weeknight meal.

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  7. skd says:

    This is real fusion food Sandhya! Pasta and coriander seeds!!! Who can think of that. Awesome recipe👍🏻
    Have a lovely weekend
    Ana💖

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Ana! Wishing you a great weekend as well!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Great recipe Sandhya – and like Ana said before me a fantastic fusion of flavours. I really like the idea of using butternut squash sauce with pasta. Enjoy the rest of your weekend…..

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    1. Sandhya says:

      Thanks so much Laura. I like the butternut squash sauce a lot and the coconut milk gav e it an extra oomph. As you can see I added the turmeric in here too 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Oh yes turmeric in everything like me – so good for you!

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  9. Lovely recipe…looking very delicious and healthy too☺

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  10. Wow penne pasta is my favourite. Quinoa in pasta is bew for me.. looks amazing.. creamy and rich

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