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Muuna Butternut Squash Noodles with Protein-Packed Marinara

It’s time to spice up your spaghetti night! Top nutritious butternut squash noodles with protein-packed Muuna cottage cheese and marinara sauce, fresh basil, and toasted walnuts. You won’t miss the traditional noodles OR the meat, but you’ll get all the flavor and protein.

Serves 3
Ready in 25 mins
Prep time 15 mins
Cooking time 10 mins
226 calories per serving


> 1 lb butternut squash, peeled and spiralized (or 4 cups squash noodles)
> 1 tbsp olive oil
> 1 clove garlic, minced
> 1 cup marinara sauce (homemade or store bought)
> 3/4 cup Classic Plain (or Lowfat) Muuna cottage cheese 
> 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
> 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped


Heat a medium non-stick pot over medium heat, add olive oil and minced garlic.
Sauté for about 30 seconds until garlic becomes aromatic.
Add squash noodles and sauté 2-3 minutes.
Deglaze the pan with 1-2 Tbsp. of water so the noodles don’t stick.
Cover and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally and deglazing with water when needed. Cook until squash noodles are soft, but not mushy.
Add marinara sauce and heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce should start to bubble.
Remove the pot from the heat and allow to cool for 3-4 minutes.
Stir in the Muuna cottage cheese and top with fresh basil and toasted walnuts.
Enjoy immediately.


Chef Mari Smith

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