Butternut Squash Pasta Bake (Dairy-free + Paleo)

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Butternut squash noodles layered with a creamy, dairy-free ricotta, a delicious, veggie-loaded meat sauce, and then topped with a bubbly-browned dairy-free mozzarella…that’s exactly what this Butternut Squash Pasta Bake is!

Butternut Squash Pasta Bake (Dairy-free + Paleo)

I was attempting to come up with a clever name for butternut squash noodles…and all I got for ya is boodles…cool? Cool. Now you know how I spend my free time.

Anyway…

By now it’s pretty obvious how much I LOVE Whole Foods Market 365, and I’ve partnered with them to bring you this brand new recipe! I’m there pretty much daily, either grabbing groceries or a quick snack after the gym, as it’s right on my way home. They make eating real food the EASIEST with all of the grab-and-go options that they have available, and now that they’ve added perks for being an Amazon Prime member, it’s even better!

What’s extra rad is that Amazon Prime members save an extra 10% off of items with yellow sale signs, which can be found all over the store. PLUS, you’ll get extra deals which are only available for Prime members! I downloaded the app right on my iPhone (you can also register your phone number instead), which I simply scan at checkout to save even more!

Butternut Squash Pasta Bake (Dairy-free + Paleo)

My dogs are just as big of fans of Amazon Prime as my husband and I are, and they go wild every time a box arrives on our doorstep, convinced it’s for them. We get their favorite bully sticks & toys on Amazon, so they go crazy for good reason, haha!

I’m often asked what else makes Whole Foods Market 365 different from your average grocery store, so here’s 12 things that make them unique, and just some of the reasons why I looooove them:

  • Thousands and thousands of organic and non-GMO products
  • Unmatched selection of gluten-free, vegan and other special-diet foods
  • No artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners in any of the food we sell
  • High-fructose corn syrup, added MSG and hydrogenated fats are not allowed in food
  • Only responsibly farmed or sustainably caught wild seafood in our seafood department
  • Prepared foods made fresh using only high -quality ingredients like those in our aisles
  • Meat department sources only from animals raised to animal welfare standards with no added hormones and no antibiotics, ever
  • Loads of local, Whole Trade® and organic produce and flowers
  • Our 365 Everyday Value® eggs all go beyond cage-free
  • Dairy and cheese choices from animals not given hormones (rBST/rBGH)
  • All cleaning products are eco-friendly and list ingredients
  • No parabens, phthalates, triclosan and 100+ more questionable ingredients in any body care in our stores
Amazing right?! So many of the things that many of us don’t even think about when it comes to our groceries! 
 
When it comes to fall, i’m alllll about yummy, hearty squash and dark leafy greens, so I knew that I had to add both to this Butternut Squash Pasta Bake. Another thing that I’m super into is getting TONS of veggies into my diet. Years ago I wasn’t able to digest many vegetables due to Crohn’s Disease, but after dedicating so much effort to healing my gut, I no longer have any issues. It’s THE BEST. Being able to eat veggies as often as I want isn’t something that I ever take for granted these days! It also means that I’m always looking for ways to boost my recipes with extra veggies!
 

Butternut Squash Pasta Bake (Dairy-free + Paleo)

When I set out to create this Butternut Squash Pasta Bake, I wanted to pack it full of veggies, and yet have it taste so delicious that even the least veggie lovers will head back for seconds and thirds! This dish is also completely dairy-free, although you’d never know it! I used both Kite Hill and Miyoko’s dairy-free “cheeses” in this recipe, but you’re welcome to use any dairy-free or regular brand that you love!

This recipe comes together in a snap, thanks to all of the ingredients that I found at Whole Foods Market 365. I used their pre-made butternut squash noodles, to make this recipe the easiest to whip up! I’m happy to make many things from scratch…but butternut squash noodles isn’t one of them, so I’m extra grateful that they have these available!

Whenever I want to add even more veggies to this Butternut Squash Pasta Bake, I serve it over a bed of arugula, and it’s such a delicious combo. You can also feel free to use any of the Rao’s Homemade sauces in this dish, but my personal favorite is the tomato basil. SO GOOD.

Butternut Squash Pasta Bake (Dairy-free + Paleo)

Looking for other delicious and easy recipes using ingredients found at Whole Foods Market 365? Be sure to check these out:

Roasted Veggie & Shrimp Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Meal Prep & One Week Meal Plan (included Dairy-free Nachos!)

Grilled Chicken & Steak Fajitas

Breakfast Benedict Pizza

Butternut Squash Pasta Bake (Dairy-free + Paleo)

Enjoy this recipe for my Butternut Squash Pasta Bake!

 

Butternut Squash Pasta Bake

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 – 10oz container butternut squash noodles (365 by Whole Foods Market brand)
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • ½ bunch dino kale, center stem removed and leaves finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 – 24oz jar Rao’s Homemade Tomato Basil Sauce
  • 8 oz ricotta (regular or dairy-free, Kite Hill is my favorite dairy-free brand)
  • 8 oz mozzarella, grated (regular or dairy-free, Miyoko’s is my favorite dairy-free brand)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Toss the butternut squash noodles with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil directly in an 8x8 inch casserole dish. Season with salt & pepper and roast for 25-30 minutes, or until they're softened, tossing them half way through.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a medium-sized pan over medium heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and saute the onion and kale until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Add the garlic, and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Crumble the ground beef into the pan and saute until cooked through. Drain any fat/water from the pan.
  3. Add the tomato basil sauce to the pan and stir well to combine. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until most of the watery liquid has evaporated.
  4. Spread the ricotta over the butternut squash noodles. Pour the meat sauce over the ricotta, then top with the grated mozzarella. Broil the casserole in your oven until the cheese melts and is lightly browned. Remove from the oven, let sit for a few minutes, then slice and ENJOY!
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2 Responses

  1. Angela
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    Omg this is amazing! I made it tonight and it tastes just like lasagna except I don’t feel guilty. I had it over arugula and you’re right! It’s delicious together. I even got my 4 yr old to eat it. I will be making this a lot!

    • livinglovingpaleo
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      Sooo happy to hear that, Angela! I agree, it tastes so much like lasagna to me too!

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