If you want to learn how to make butternut squash noodles, grab a strong peeler and your spiralizer and let’s get started! If you don’t have a spiralizer, then read on to find out how to make these tasty and nutritious noodles in a snap with a Julienne peeler, an inexpensive and handy kitchen gadget.
How to Spiralize Butternut Squash
Peel your butternut squash. It is okay to leave a little bit of skin on both ends. You need a really tough peeler for the job because the flesh is very tough. I prefer to use a horizontal blade, such as this julienne and veggie peeler combo, pictured below. You will notice it has a slightly serrated edge to it which makes the job peeling this tough gourd a lot easier!
Trim the end off the thinner, stem side of the squash, so you have a flat surface to mount on the spiralizer. Cut in half lengthwise to make two pieces that are easier to handle.
Pro Tip: Don’t make the mistake of trimming the bulbous bottom end like I did below. The hollow center won’t let you mount it on the spiralizer! Whoops!
Prep your spiralizer by choosing the right blade (I usually like the wider blades for tough veggies like butternut squash).
Lock down your spiralizer. This Briefton’s spiralizer has a powerful suction cup locking mechanism that keeps it securely in position while in use. Pro Tip: I have found the suction cup lock is even stronger when the counter is slightly dampened with a wet cloth before locking down.
I like to mark the middle of the squash before pressing into the blade side. This makes sure it mounts evenly.
Then, mount on the blade side first, using your marked center as a guide to help you get it just right.
Secure the bottom of the squash into the spikes of the crank handle. This will take a little muscle when it is time to mount the untrimmed bottom end of your squash.
Using consistent pressure towards the blade, crank clockwise until you reach the end of the squash and have a nice big pile of butternut squash pasta!
Pro Tip: If you find that your turning without getting more noodles, check to see if you have circles on the end of your squash where the spikes go in like in the picture here. If so, just trim it off with a knife for a fresh flat surface and start over.
How to Make Butternut Squash Noodles Without a Spiralizer
If you want to know how to make butternut squash noodles without a spiralizer, use a Julienne Peeler. This inexpensive kitchen gadget not only allows you to quickly make thin, noodle like strips of just about any veggie, it also has a serrated edge peeling blade on the other side which makes a major difference when peeling hard veggies.
Start by fully peeling your squash. It is fine to go ahead and leave the ends attached.
You will probably find that the skin is really tough. My Julienne Peeler also has a horizontal regular vegetable peeler that has serrated teeth. It cuts right through the hard skin on a butternut squash.
Using a push motion, press down and away as you start using the special Julienne blade to make long and thin pasta like strips.
Take Your Pick!
Here is a comparison picture so you can decide which you like better. The Julienne peeler is on the left, the spiralized noodles are on the right. You can see, the noodles on the left are more thin and delicate—perfect for a very fast cooking method and a lightweight sauce.
If you want a thicker noodle that can stand up to stronger flavors and enough cooking to get a little color on them, go with the 5mm blade on your spiralizer.
Do you have a favorite method for how to make butternut squash pasta? Please tell us about it in the comments below!