Butternut Sauce, Spicy Sausage and Baby Spinach Pasta Recipe

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Christa-Maria Modified: July 16, 2021

How To Make Butternut Sauce, Spicy Sausage and Baby Spinach Pasta Recipe

Make chilly nights cozier with this spinach pasta recipe. The creamy butternut squash sauce complements the spicy sausage and the herby sage.

Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 11ozchicken Italian sausage,(spicy)
  • 1lbbutternut squash,peeled and diced
  • 1tbspwhipped butter
  • 10ozpasta,(wheat or gluten-free)
  • ¼cupshallots,minced
  • 3clovesgarlic,minced
  • 2cupsbaby spinach,roughly chopped
  • 2tbspparmesan cheese,fresh shaved
  • 4sage leaves,sliced thin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper,to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add butternut squash and cook until soft.

  2. Remove squash with a slotted spoon and place in a blender, blend until smooth.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and melt the butter, sauté the shallots and garlic for about 5 to 6 minutes, until soft and golden.

  6. Add pureed butternut squash, season with with salt and fresh cracked pepper and add a little of the reserved pasta water to thin out the sauce.

  7. Add baby spinach and stir in parmesan cheese and sage. Toss in cooked pasta and sausage and mix until well coated.

  8. Serve with additional parmesan cheese on the side if desired.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 515.53kcal
  • Fat: 23.91g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.35g
  • Trans Fat: 0.09g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 9.95g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.01g
  • Carbohydrates: 56.48g
  • Fiber: 4.51g
  • Sugar: 4.22g
  • Protein: 19.13g
  • Cholesterol: 56.03mg
  • Sodium: 538.67mg
  • Calcium: 137.85mg
  • Potassium: 681.69mg
  • Iron: 2.67mg
  • Vitamin A: 531.05µg
  • Vitamin C: 22.88mg
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