Sausage and Butternut Squash Pasta Recipe

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Sausage and butternut squash pasta

Pasta with Sausage and Butternut Squash

My husband loves to watch cooking shows on PBS. Occasionally I sit down in front of the TV long enough to watch a cooking show myself.

A few weeks ago my boys and I watched Nick Stellino make a fabulous sausage and butternut squash pasta. The pasta looked so delicious that I was craving butternut squash and sausage pasta for weeks.

I finally made it to WinCo last week and bought all the ingredients so that I could try making the pasta myself. I appreciate that Nick is a fabulous Italian cook, but I felt that his cooking might be a little too sophisticated for my simple suburban cooking style. So, I modified that recipe to make it a little more “busy mommy” friendly.

I am pleased to report that the pasta was a hit and enjoyed by everyone in the family including my children!

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Sausage and butternut squash pasta recipe tips:

  • If you can get your hubs to peel and cut the butternut squash, go for it!!!
  • I used dry herbs and thought the recipe turned out fab. But, if you have garden fresh herbs, by all means, use them!
  • If you make your own chicken broth use that instead of canned chicken broth. You will need about 4 cups.

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Enjoy Your Sausage and Butternut Squash Pasta

This butternut squash pasta recipe definitely checks all of the boxes: it’s healthy, easy to make, and tastes great! Ok, well, it might not actually be THAT healthy but the butternut squash really helps.

Since this recipe turned out so well, I might have to start watching cooking shows more often! Modifying the recipes on them is actually pretty fun.

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Sausage and Butternut Squash Pasta Recipe

5 / 5 (1 review)
Prep Time: 20-25 mins | Cook Time: 30 mins
Yield: 8-10 cups | Serves: 8-10

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 pound sausage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 5 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dry basil
  • 1 tablespoon dry sage
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (if you like it spicy)
  • 1½ cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into ½-inch dice
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoons salt
  • 1 (14.5 oz) box pasta; shells, penne rigate or rigatoni
  • 6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter

Instructions

  1. Warm 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet (7 quart), and cook over high heat for 2 minutes. Add sausage to the hot oil.
  2. Cook for about 3 minutes until it browns.
  3. Break the sausage up into small, bite-size pieces while it is browning.
  4. Turn off the heat.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, place the sausage in a bowl; cover and set aside.
  6. Leave remaining oil in the pan and add enough oil to total 3 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan, and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes.
  7. Add the onion, garlic, basil, red pepper flakes and sage, and saute for 4 minutes, stirring constantly.
  8. Add sausage back to the spices and cook for 2 more minutes.
  9. Add 1 can of chicken broth.
  10. Cook and stir for 5 minutes.
  11. Add the diced butternut squash and cook for 2 minutes, stirring well.
  12. Add the second can of chicken broth, bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.
  13. While the sauce is cooking, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1 tablespoons of salt.
  14. Add pasta and cook according to the instructions on the package.
  15. When the pasta is cooked, drain it well in a colander over the sink.
  16. Pour the pasta back into with the sausage and squash, and cook over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  17. Remove the pan from the heat, add Parmesan cheese and softened butter.
  18. Serve and enjoy!
Ingredients: Basil, Butter, Butternut Squash, Chicken Broth, Garlic, Olive Oil, Onion, Parmesan, Pasta, Sage, Salt, Sausage
Meal Type: Main Dish
Categories: Pasta, Stove Top

Comments & Reviews

  • Monica

    Hi Eve- I saw that you left this comment…

    Comment:
    This looks really good. What type of sausage did you use? The style that’s like ground beef?

    It must have been lost when we transferred our site to a new server this weekend. Sorry about that.

    I that sausage that comes in a tube and you break up like hamburger. I got the regular. But this recipe would be good with the hot sausage or the Italian sausage.

    • Ben

      “That sausage” that comes in a tube is mostly known as “breakfast sausage”. The sausage that Nick Stellino used in his recipe was Italian sausage that was removed from the casing. I suppose bulk Italian sausage would work equally as well or as good as breakfast sausage.

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