Butternut Squash and Gouda Cream Sauce!

Remember, long long ago, when my sister made me Sister’s Gouda and Butternut Squash Casserole? Well, I finally tried making something similar but with ingredients from my beloved garden and my nearly-as-beloved Aldi.

I found some “Applewood smoked” gouda at Aldi and I had the last sad little squashes left from the summer, so I thought it time to try this so that Husband could see what a delightful combo it was. I bought “herb chicken” tortellini because 1. I’m lazy and do not make my own pasta (yet?) and 2. because husband loves a little protein in his pasta dishes. I set slivers of butternut squash in the GoSun for a sunny hour in the backyard, and they emerged soft and perfect.

The sauce starts with a roux, about a tablespoon of butter and nearly two tablespoons of flour (for me – do your favorite roux!) and then a generous pour of whole milk. More traditionalists should definitely follow a recipe for bechamel, and then grate some of that gouda goodness in. The gouda thickened the sauce wonderfully; I added Italian seasoning, basil, and oregano, and then mashed the butternut squash thoroughly before adding about 1 and a half cups of it. I wanted the sauce to be heavily squash-y, so you could always use less, but I wanted to feel like a veggie.

I boiled the tortellini as instructed and poured that sauce over; leftover gouda (I had about half of the round left) went on top of salads and into a 4-cheese tomato sauce I made later for the rest of the tortellini. I would not call this a health food, but it’s a wonderful flavor combination if you are bored with traditional alfredo, and it reminded me of good times shovelling pasta into my maw with my sister this summer; now it feels more seasonal with the autumnal chill in the air!

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16 comments on “Butternut Squash and Gouda Cream Sauce!

  1. This sounds awesome! I love shopping at Aldi and am always looking for things I can make ahead and take for lunch. I might have to make this one next week, can’t wait!

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  2. yourrealestatewhisperer says:

    That looks amazing!

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  3. Patrick says:

    I’m guessing a GoSun is a solar oven or dehydrator?

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  4. tcriggs says:

    Yummy comfort food. 🙂 love it!

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  5. Mel & Suan says:

    We don’t have have butternut squash around here in the tropics. Not sure if pimpkin fits the bill, since the squah is suppose to have more of a nutty taste.

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  6. Sheryl says:

    mmm. . . this looks delicious.

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  7. My god, this looks and sounds heavenly! I absolutely cannot wait to give this one a go – thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. Mmmmh that looks gooood!

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  9. foodinbooks says:

    That looks incredibly luscious and decadent! Yum!

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  10. ShutterNerd says:

    Just a suggestion – the recipes are clearly awesome; how about summarizing the whole thing after the description in a short Ingredients->Preparation time->Cooking time paragraph?

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  11. sue clancy says:

    OMG! That sounds insanely good!! Do you suppose this dish work with an Acorn squash too?

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  12. […] similar volume to my meals, but I’ve subbed in more nutrient rich foods. Sauces like the butternut squash and gouda pasta sauce  allow me to actually replace sauce volume (which would have been butter or more gouda!) with a […]

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  13. callmetrav says:

    This recipe looks amazing. I love gouda. 😊😊😊😊

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