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Easy Butternut Squash Noodles With Balsamic Sauce

Step aside carb-y pasta! We’re stir-frying spiralized butternut squash noodles with butter, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and garlic to make a delicious side dish in 10 minutes.

This one-pan recipe is a snap if you buy pre-spiralized butternut squash noodles. Beyond simple, healthy and super tasty. 

butternut squash noodles with spinach in bowl.

This dish resembles noodles but without the carbs.

Butternut squash on its own is pretty bland. The balsamic soy butter sauce adds big flavors and the baby spinach is a great way to include additional nutrients and beautiful color.  

Bottom line: This low carb, low-calorie butternut squash noodles recipe is fast, easy, delicious and colorful. And a great alternative to potatoes, pasta or rice.

Ingredients – tailored to your taste

spiralized butternut squash noodles, baby spinach, butter, balsamic vinegar, garlic, soy sauce, salt and pepper.

Fresh butternut squash noodles, aka spiralized butternut squash, can be bought fresh in a package at most grocery stores. Or you can spiralize your own. See FAQs below.

Sauce: The simple sauce consists of soy sauce, balsamic vinegar (a good quality one is best), garlic and butter.

Baby spinach: This adds a nice color contrast and extra nutrition.

Variations and Substitutes

  • Add some herbs toward the end of cooking like thyme, chives, fresh parsley or chopped fresh sage.
  • If you like some heat, add a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • Try garnishing the dish with chopped toasted walnuts or pecans for crunch
  • Top with a drizzle of olive oil.
  • If you like a touch of sweetness, add a pinch of sugar or maple syrup.
  • If you can’t find spiralized squash, a great substitute is sweet potato noodles or zucchini noodles.
  • For a 10 minute meal, add tofu or cooked chicken pieces.

Step by step instructions

balsamic butter soy sauce in pan
Cook all sauce ingredients in a large skillet for a minute or two on medium-high heat.
butternut squash noodles added to pan
Add spiral butternut squash noodles and cook, stirring frequently for 3-4 minutes. The butternut squash in this picture is shaved like fettucine. 
sauteed butternut squash noodles in pan
When ‘noodles’ are tender (but still have a little bite), add chopped baby spinach.
sauteed butternut squash noodles in pan with spinach
Continue to stir fry for a minute until the spinach is wilted. Taste and adjust seasonings.
butternut squash noodles in balsamic butter sauce in bowl
These butternut squash noodles are spiralized in the more common way.
chicken on top of butternut squash noodles in bowl
Add a protein like grilled chicken or tofu to complete the meal if you like. Or serve as a side dish.

Recipe FAQs

Where can I buy spiralized butternut squash?

Most mainstream grocery stores carried some version of spiralized squash. They look like thick orange spaghetti noodles. You may also see a ‘fettucine’ version in some of the pictures. They will both work fine. Some stores even carry frozen versions.

Is spiralized squash more expensive?

Buying pre-spiralized squash is more expensive, but it’s a good splurge (and huge time saver) if you can manage it for a nutritious great side dish. No peeling. No cutting. If you’ve ever cut fresh butternut squash you will know it’s not easy.

Is butternut squash healthy?

Yes. According to healthline, butternut squash is an excellent source of provitamin A carotenoids, vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and manganese. It’s low in calories and packed with fiber.

How can I spiralize butternut squash?

The best way is to use a spiralizer that you buy at the store. If you don’t have one, you can use a julienne peeler by hand or with a mandolin. Here’s a video on how to julienne squash. Alternatively, use a julienne peeler or a regular vegetable peeler to shave strips off the squash (this is more tedious though).

Shortcut

Buy butternut squash already spiralized.  (If not available, you can spiralize your own. The time on the recipe does not include spiralizing)

What to serve with butternut squash noodles

These veggie noodles are a great side dish to serve with:  Marinated Pork Chops, Grilled Flank Steak, Sous Vide Lamb Chops, Herb Stuffed Salmon, Baked Butterflied Shrimp or Mediterranean-Style Marinated Chicken.

To turn it into a main dish, try adding grilled chicken, shrimp, steak or tofu.

plate of sauteed butternut squash noodles with spinach p

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butternut squash noodles with spinach in bowl.
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Easy Butternut Squash Noodles With Balsamic Sauce

Step aside carb-y pasta! We're stir frying spriralized butternut squash noodles with butter, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce and garlic to make a delicious side dish in 10 minutes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Servings: 3 -4 side dishes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 pound spiralized butternut squash, Note 1 approximately 4 cups
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped

Balsamic Butter Soy Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar good quality
  • 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce light or low sodium is fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic 1 small clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon each, salt and black pepper (or to taste)
  • OPTIONAL: pinch sugar or maple syrup; 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (thyme or chives)

Instructions

  • MAKE SAUCE: In a medium skillet or wok, heat all the sauce ingredients on medium-high heat for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • STIR FRY: Add spiralized squash and stir fry, tossing frequently, for about 3-4 minutes just until tender but not too soft (it should still have a bite – al dente). Add chopped spinach and mix for another 30-60 seconds until wilted. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding salt, pepper and a teaspoon of maple syrup if desired. Serve immediately. Garnish with fresh herbs if you like.

Recipe Notes

  1. To spiralize butternut squash at home: Use a spiralizer if you have one to make vegetable noodles, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Another option is the julienne the squash with a mandolin as seen in this video
  2. Variations
    • Add some herbs toward the end of cooking like thyme, chives, fresh parsley or chopped fresh sage.
    • Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for heat
    • Garnish with chopped toasted walnuts or pecans for crunch
    • Top with a drizzle of olive oil.
    • Add a touch of sweetness with a pinch of sugar or maple syrup.
    • If you can’t find spiralized squash, a great substitute is sweet potatoes or zucchini noodles.
    • For a 10 minute meal, add tofu or cooked chicken pieces.
  3. Make ahead: It’s best to stir fry just before serving, but you can certainly make the sauce ahead of time. 
 
Nutrition values are estimates. 

Nutrition

Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 465mg | Potassium: 622mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 16038IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 2mg
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