These sweet butternut squash noodles are a low-carb substitute for zucchini noodles. Kids love their buttery sweet flavor.
Butternut Squash Noodles
Here on We Want To Eat, I share recipes with a focus on healthy foods for the family. All of them have a low-carb or keto influence since I am on the keto diet. Butternut squash is not a keto-friendly vegetable. There are 8.7 grams net carbs in 1/2 a cup.
If you are tracking your macros, I suggest being careful with portions of these noodles. They are so tasty that it’s really easy to eat a large helping and accidentally exceed your macros.
Since I don’t track macros for my kids, these noodles are a gluten-free and low-sugar alternative to wheat noodles.
Butternut Squash Noodles Nutrition
These noodles are packed with nutrients that are good for you and your kiddos. Butternut squash contains vitamin A, C, E, and thiamine. Plus, there are 2 grams of protein in each serving too.
I also added garlic, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese in this recipe too! Garlic fight inflammation, pine nuts are an excellent source of healthy fats, and parmesan cheese contains both calcium and healthy fats.
What you won’t find in these noodles is extra sugar. You’ll find hidden sugar in commercially-produced noodles – these are a healthy alternative.
Gluten-Free Veggie Noodles
Butternut squash noodles are a budget friendly and easy homemade noodles you can make in 20 minutes or less.
I like to make these noodles when I know we are expecting company and someone might be gluten-intolerant or allergic. If someone is allergic to nuts, just leave out the pine nuts. To make this recipe dairy-free, just sprinkle some crumbled goat cheese on top instead of parmesan cheese.
How To Eat Butternut Squash Noodles
These noodles are easy to customize! After you have your butternut squash noodles, you can top them with whatever sugar-free or whole-food toppings you want. Here are a few options that would taste amazing.
- Mix in some shredded chicken and sprinkle some paprika on top.
- Add some chopped tomatoes and drizzle a tomato sauce on the noodles.
- Create Tex-Mex noodles with pulled pork, noodles, and some cheddar cheese and sour cream.
How To Make Squash Noodles
These noodles are also perfect for meal prep! Store the noodles and toppings in your favorite airtight storage container. Keep it in the refrigerator for up to three days. I suggest storing it without the pine nuts and adding them last, after you reheat it.
The easiest way to make these noodles is to just buy frozen butternut squash noodles and heat them up.
To make them at home, follow these steps:
- Chop off the top and bottom of the butternut squash.
- Peel the hard skin off the outside of the squash.
- Slice it in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out all the seeds and discard them.
- Use a mandolin slicer or spiralizer to cut the butternut squash into noodles.
- Saute the noodles in butter or olive oil until they are crisp-tender.
Low-Carb Butternut Squash Noodles Recipe
The entire recipe for these tasty butternut squash noodles is in the printable recipe card just a little bit further below. First, I have some photos so you can see how I made them. Remember to pin this recipe to your keto noodle recipes board on Pinterest so you can find it later!
Garlic Parmesan Butternut Squash Noodles
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1/2 medium Onion chopped
- 2 tsp Minced Garlic
- 2 cups Butternut Squash Noodles
- 2 tbsp Pine Nuts
- 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese Grated
- Place the oil in a skillet over medium heat on the stove.
- Add the onions, and saute until becoming tender.
- Stir in the garlic, and saute another 30 seconds.
- Mix in the noodles, and saute until they become crisp tender.
- Sprinkle in the pine nuts and ½ of the Parmesan cheese. Saute for another minute or two, and serve with the remaining parmesan as garnish.
The nutritional information for this recipe is calculated as a courtesy and is an approximate only. I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipes on this site.
Kid-Friendly Dinner Ideas
If you enjoyed this recipe for butternut squash noodles, here are some more dinner ideas your kids will love too. They are some of my family’s favorite recipes.