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Sausage and Butternut Squash Pasta

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 1 hr
  • Total Time: 1hr 45 min
  • Yield: 4-8 1x


  • Olive Oil
  • 1 package Wamplers Sausage, I like the hot but they do have mild
  • 1 pound butternut squash, I use the pre-cut version from Trader Joes.
  • 1 onion, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound penne pasta – cooked al dente
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup walnuts – chopped
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan, shredded


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

  1. Toss the squash and onion together with a drizzle of olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and sage. Spread out veggies on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until the vegetables have started to brown and are cooked through. Remove from the oven and set aside. (Note: I like my onion crispy and brown, if you’d like it less cooked, add it to the butternut squash after 15 minutes of cooking)
  2. In the meantime, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still a little firm (al dente), about 8 to 10 minutes. Reserve 2 cups of the pasta water and drain the remaining water.
  3. While the pasta and vegetables are cooking, brown the sausage, chopping into small bits. Cook thoroughly until there is no pink.
  4. In a large bowl, add the drained pasta, break up the goat cheese and add to the pasta, then add in spinach, sausage, veggies, and half the walnuts. Once mixed pour in 1 cup of hot pasta water. Toss and continue to mix until the cheese melts and forms a sauce.
  5. Taste and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Top with Parmesan and remaining walnuts, serve immediately.


Notes: The sauce will thicken after it sits for a while. Save a little pasta water in the refrigerator. You can heat it up and use it the next day to reconstitute the sauce. Get the pasta water nice and hot and add a little at a time until you reach a consistency you like.

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