Who would’ve thought mashed butternut squash would make a delicious & hearty pasta sauce?? If you’re looking for a new & different sauce than your ordinary marinara, then try this recipe.. it is SO GOOD! The butternut sauce is very easy to make– you just boil the squash until it gets soft and blend until smooth. Then you cook the sausage and mix in garlic, shallots, butter, spinach, cheese, sage and toss everything with pasta. I used penne and spicy pork sausage– the sausage adds a nice kick. Top with more cheese and sage leaves and you’ll have a delicious, satisfying meal! 🙂
Recipe for Pasta with Spicy Sausage, Baby Spinach and Creamy Butternut Sauce courtesy of:
11 oz (4 links) spicy chicken Italian sausage
1 lb butternut squash, peeled and diced
1 tbsp light butter
10 oz casarecce, or pasta of your choice
1/4 cup shallots, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
2 tbsp fresh shaved parmesan cheese
4 sage leaves, sliced thin
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add butternut squash and cook until soft. Remove squash with a slotted spoon and place in a blender, blend until smooth.
Add pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package directions for al dente, reserving at least 1 cup of the pasta water before draining.
Meanwhile, in a large deep non-stick skillet, sauté sausage over medium heat until browned, breaking up with a spoon as it cooks. When cooked through, set aside on a plate.
Reduce heat to medium-low and melt the butter, sauté the shallots and garlic until soft and golden, about 5 – 6 minutes. Add pureed butternut squash, season with with salt and fresh cracked pepper and add a little of the reserved pasta water (I used about 1 cup) to thin out the sauce to your liking. Add baby spinach and stir in parmesan cheese and sage.
Toss in cooked pasta and sausage and mix until well coated. Serve with additional parmesan cheese on the side if desired.