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


  • 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


  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

  • Hi Eve- I saw that you left this 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.

    • “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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