Thursday, January 23, 2014

Skillet Butternut Squash, Sausage and Penne Pasta

Skillet Butternut Squash, Sausage and Penne Pasta
Recipe from: melskitchencafe
Image Credit: Mel
Skillet Butternut Squash, Sausage and Penne Pasta

“Yep, that’s right. This creamy, divine butternut squash and penne pasta is made start to finish in one skillet.” Mel


1 large shallot (or 1/4 cup minced yellow or white onion)

2 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed

1 pound chicken sausage (if links, remove the casing)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

5 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

12 ounces penne pasta

3 cups peeled and diced butternut squash

3 cups coarsely chopped fresh baby spinach

2 large sage leaves, torn into small pieces, or 1/4 teaspoon dried, more or less to taste

1 cup (about 4 ounces) shredded or cubed fontina or mozzarella cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Freshly grated Parmesan for serving, if desired


In a large 12-inch nonstick skillet, combine the shallot, garlic, sausage, salt and pepper.

Cook over medium heat, breaking up the meat into small pieces, and cooking until the sausage is cooked through, 5-7 minutes.

Scrape the mixture to a plate and return the skillet back to the heat.

Add the chicken broth and pasta and bring to a boil.

Lower the heat to a simmer, and cook for about 8 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking and 
the pasta clumping together. Stir in the squash and simmer 5-7 minutes longer until the squash 
and pasta are both tender.

As the squash breaks down...

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