Dairy Farmers of Canada

Tuscan Squash and Herb Farfalle

Our dietitians' favourite

This recipe is taken from the 2011 Milk Calendar. Put the pot of water on to boil and prepare the vegetables and you’ll have this restaurant-calibre pasta dish ready in no time! You’ll be so impressed it’s so easily from scratch.

  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cooking: 20 min - 25 min
Yields 4 - 6 servings
tuscan squash and herb farfalle
This video will teach you how to make farfalle in a creamy sauce with delicious vegetables, fresh herbs and a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. A nutritious pasta dish in under 30 minutes!


  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) butter
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 onion cut in half and sliced
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) dried rosemary crumbled
  • 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) hot pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 cups (1 L) cubed peeled butternut squash (1 small)
  • 12 oz (375 g) farfalle (bow ties) or other short pasta
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (500 mL) Milk
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) sliced drained roasted red bell peppers
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) freshly grated Canadian Parmesan cheese
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In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, sage, rosemary, hot peppers flakes, 1/2 tsp (1 mL) salt and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) pepper; sauté for 5 min or until onion is tender. Stir in squash and 1 cup (250 mL) water. Cover and boil for 10 to 15 min or until squash is almost tender.

Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package directions, until tender but firm. Drain and return to pot.

Whisk flour into milk and stir into skillet. Cook, stirring often, for about 5 min or until slightly thickened and squash is tender. Stir in peppers and vinegar. Add to pasta; toss to coat.

Spoon into bowls and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


Save preparation time by buying pre-peeled, pre-cut squash. It’s often available in the produce department at the supermarket. You’ll need 1 lb (500 g).

For the Adventurous: Use 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh sage and 1 tsp (5 mL) chopped fresh rosemary instead of the dried. Add crisply cooked pancetta or prosciutto with the cheese.

 Healthy Eating Tip: Canadians need nutritional help in two key areas; getting more veggies and fruit and drinking and eating more milk products. This main meal is a super way to get both, so plan on serving this often

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Nutritional information

Per serving
Energy: 389 Calories
Protein: 16 g
Carbohydrate: 68 g
Fat: 6 g
Fibre: 4.6 g
Sodium: 358 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

(% DV*)
Calcium: 25 % / 271 mg
Folate: 87 %
Selenium: 92 %
Thiamin: 55 %
Vitamin A: 58 %