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Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Sausage and Spinach

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Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Sausage and Spinach

Are you in the mood for a hearty and comforting pasta dish? This Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Sausage and Spinach is the perfect blend of flavors and textures to satisfy your cravings.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 12 ounces of pasta (penne or any preferred type)
  • 1 pound of Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

Roasting the Butternut Squash:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Place the diced butternut squash on a baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat evenly.
  4. Roast in the oven for about 25-30 minutes or until the squash is tender and lightly caramelized. Set aside.

Cooking the Pasta:

  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions in a pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Making the Creamy Sauce:

  1. In a large skillet or pan, heat some olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the Italian sausage and cook, breaking it into crumbles with a spatula, until browned and cooked through.
  3. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the skillet. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent.
  4. Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth, scraping the bottom of the pan to incorporate any browned bits.
  5. Stir in the roasted butternut squash, allowing it to break down slightly.
  6. Add the heavy cream and let the mixture simmer for a few minutes until it thickens slightly.
  7. Toss in the cooked pasta and fresh spinach, stirring gently until the spinach wilts and the pasta is coated evenly with the creamy sauce.
  8. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the pasta and stir to combine.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serving:

  1. Serve the Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Sausage and Spinach hot, garnished with fresh chopped parsley if desired.

Enjoy!

This dish offers a perfect balance of creamy butternut squash, savory sausage, and nutritious spinach, creating a delightful pasta experience that’s sure to become a favorite at your table.

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Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Sausage and Spinach

Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Sausage and Spinach

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
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Are you in the mood for a hearty and comforting pasta dish? This Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta with Sausage and Spinach is the perfect blend of flavors and textures to satisfy your cravings.

Ingredients

Roasted Butternut Squash:

  • 2 cups butternut squash , peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Sausage:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ lb sausage , crumbled, without casings

Creamy Pasta Sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 6 oz spinach
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ⅓ cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Pasta:

  • 8 oz farfalle (bow tie pasta)

Instructions

    Roast Butternut Squash

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • In a large bowl, toss cubed butternut squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper. 
  • Spread the squash on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet in one layer, without overcrowding. 
  • Roast in the preheated oven at 400 F for 30 minutes. Remove from oven.

Cook Sausage

  • In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat.
  • Add crumbled sausage and cook for about 10 minutes, regularly stirring, until the sausage is cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Tip: Cook the sausage while the butternut squash is being roasted.

Make Creamy Sauce

  • In a separate, large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil together with minced garlic and spinach over medium heat.  Cook, occasionally stirring, for about 5 or 7 minutes until spinach starts to wilt. 
  • Add heavy cream.  Bring to a brief boil, then immediately reduce to simmer (boiling but not intensely).  Add shredded Parmesan cheese.  Keep stirring the sauce with the Parmesan cheese on low to medium boil (simmer) until the cheese melts. Remove from heat.
  • Season with salt to taste, about ¼ teaspoon of salt.  No salt might be necessary if the sausage is very salty.
  • Tip: Use your judgment about whether to add salt or not based on how salty the sausage is. Make the cream sauce while the butternut squash is being roasted.

Cook Pasta and Assemble

  • Cook pasta al dente in boiling water according to package instructions. That usually means cooking pasta in boiling water for about 7 to 11 minutes. Drain.
  • To a large skillet with the creamy spinach sauce, add drained cooked pasta and cooked sausage. Stir. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. 
  • Top the pasta with roasted butternut squash.  Stir the squash in, or leave it on top.
Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 4
Amount Per ServingCalories 2558Total Fat 201gSaturated Fat 87gTrans Fat 3gUnsaturated Fat 97gCholesterol 426mgSodium 3352mgCarbohydrates 133gFiber 22gSugar 20gProtein 67g

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