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Creamy Butternut Squash and Shrimp Pasta Bake

Creamy Butternut Squash and Shrimp Pasta Bake

You’re going to want to make this.  If anything, just to get out of your comfort zone a bit.  That’s what I did.  I don’t have a ton of experience with butternut squash, working with it has always intimidated me a bit.  But come fall every year (well, that last few years)…I become slightly obsessed with it.  I want to make it.  I want to taste it.  I want to try every recipe I see with it.

But I never do.

So…my point?  I totally took a shortcut with this recipe and feel like I may have hit the jackpot in a way.  I got to make an awesome butternut squash sauce, without even touching that intimidating looking vegetable!  That excites me just a bit.

Creamy Butternut Squash and Shrimp Pasta Bake

Here’s what I did… I doctored up some Pacific Natural Foods Creamy Butternut Squash soup, and created a wonderfully delicious pasta bake as my entry into the Everyday Chef Challenge No. 2.  The ingredients chosen for this challenge were Spinach and your choice of Pacific Natural Foods Creamy Soups.  You can be part of this challenge too…become a challenger and enter your own recipe, enter as many as you like, just make sure you use the secret ingredient plus a Pacific Natural Foods pantry staple in each recipe (you can get yourself a coupon too in the process).  For more specifics, see their challenge details page.  There are two winners in the end…one of the Featured Food Bloggers and one of the challengers (you!).  How fun would it be to hang out in Culinary Bootcamp in Napa together???

Creamy Butternut Squash and Shrimp Pasta Bake

So here’s where I humbly ask for your vote.  If you think this recipe is worthy, hop on over to my entry page, scroll down and click vote!  You can vote once every 24 hours, up until next Wednesday.  I’m up against some amazing bloggers that crank out great recipes…so any help from you is beyond appreciated.


Creamy Butternut Squash and Shrimp Pasta Bake

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Creamy Butternut Squash and Shrimp Pasta Bake


  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 3-4 large shallots, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped small
  • 1 32 oz carton Pacific Natural Foods Organic Creamy Butternut Squash Soup
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup whole milk ricotta
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt (kosher or sea salt)
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 10 oz carton frozen chopped spinach, defrosted and drained well
  • 1/3 cup fontina cheese, shredded (if you can't find fontina, mozzarella is fine)
  • 1/2 lb whole wheat penne pasta
  • water
  • salt


  1. Bring salted water to a boil. Add pasta. Cook until al dente 10-12 minutes.
  2. While pasta is cooking, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a non-stick skillet. Add peeled and deveined shrimp and cook until pink, about 2-3 minutes on each side. Set aside.
  3. In same skillet, add shallots, garlic and chopped red pepper. Add pinch of salt and pepper, oregano and thyme. Cook for 8-10 minutes over medium heat until softened. Add two teaspoons tomato paste to cooked vegetables and cook for about a minute longer. Add Pacific Natural Organic Creamy Butternut Squash Soup and nutmeg and bring to a slow simmer. Simmer sauce for about 5 minutes until slightly thicker and flavors have combined. Taste for salt and pepper.
  4. In a large bowl, combine cooked and slightly cooled pasta, shrimp, ricotta, Parmesan cheese, spinach, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Gently stir until slightly combined. Add sauce to pasta mixture and continue to combine. Add 3/4 of the amount of sauce.
  5. Pour pasta mixture into a glass casserole dish sprayed with non stick spray. Spread pasta mixture evenly throughout dish and add the remaining amount of sauce to the top of pasta. Sprinkle shredded cheese over top of pasta and place in oven preheated to 375 for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.

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25 Responses to “Creamy Butternut Squash and Shrimp Pasta Bake”

  1. Eliana posted September 29, 2010 at 10:32 am

    WOW – I totally want to make this like right now. Too bad I’m at work. It looks so hearty and with all those wonderful flavors, super delicious.

  2. Maria posted September 29, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Love this pasta dish! Looks so comforting and delicious!

  3. Erica posted September 29, 2010 at 10:41 am

    This is SO book marked right now and I’m emailing it to several of my friends! I have V8’s butternut squash soup in my cabinet right now. I cannot wait to make this!

  4. Jamie posted September 29, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Looks amazing Aggie! I’ve never worked with butternut squash before. I keep wanting to but never do. I need to overcome my fear of an unknown ingredient. I love how you used the soup in this dish. Looks super healthy too! Now, I need to hop on over and vote for this recipe : )

  5. Cajun Chef Ryan posted September 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Fall is finaly in the air and this is a perfect dish for this time of year. The shrimp with the herbs and melted cheese on top is fantastic.

    Bon appetit!

  6. bellini valli posted September 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Good luck in the competition Aggie, this is a winner:D

  7. Lori @ RecipeGirl posted September 29, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Best of luck to you! Your recipe looks awesome. I’m voting & rooting for you and hope we get to travel to Napa together 🙂

  8. Natalie (The Sweets Life) posted September 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Great recipe! I never thought to use soup in a pasta bake. Good luck!

  9. Cookin' Canuck posted September 29, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    My vote is in, Aggie! This is a gorgeous way to use butternut squash.

  10. DGrub (DesiGrub) posted September 30, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Simply, amazing photos! Thanks for sharing the recipes with the photos!!!

  11. Melissa Corp posted September 30, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    can’t wait to try it..looks spectacular! Go Aggie!

  12. the wicked noodle posted September 30, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Holy yum!! This looks scrumptious – can’t wait to try it!!

  13. fittingbackin posted September 30, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    oh wow – this looks so creamy and flavorful! Love baked pasta – this looks like a winner!!!

  14. NancyC posted October 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    What a great pasta dish–it looks so good!

  15. Jenn's Food Journey posted October 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Oh, I love this! And I love that you don’t have to touch a butternut squash!!! I too have been very intimidated by it. I’m going to vote right now!

  16. peabody posted October 2, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    I’ve never had shrimp with butternut squash, but it looks amazing.

  17. Jessica posted October 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I just made this for dinner and it was so yummy! My husband liked it too, which is exciting because he’s a pretty picky eater. Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen posted October 4, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Looks great!

  19. Liz - Meal Makeover Mom posted October 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Aggie. My mouth is watering. I will definitely be trying this recipe! And … you’ve got my vote.

  20. Laurianne posted October 11, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Ok, made this tonight! YUM! But I needed to invite 12 others over to share! Ok,maybe I didn’t quite follow the recipe either…..
    I reduced the oliveoil to 1 Tbsp, used some grated parmesan on the topinstead of fontina or mozzarella, added some green pepper, added some quartered mushrooms and replaced the shallots with red onion. It was AMAZING 🙂 Thanks!


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