Nov 27, 2012

Pasta with Butternut Sauce, Spicy Sausage and Baby Spinach



Spicy chicken sausage is the perfect compliment to this creamy pasta dish made with butternut squash, baby spinach, parmesan and a touch of sage. It's filling and comforting on a chilly winter night.



Since making Spaghetti with Creamy Butternut Leek Sauce a few weeks back, I am officially hooked. I love how the butternut squash feels like a decadent creamy sauce without the need for heavy cream. And with the addition of parmesan and hot sausage, the end result is savory and delicious.

I am also loving Giada's new line of organic pastas sold at Target. I'm picky with my pasta and love the taste and texture of this pasta when cooked al dente. I always go for unusual pasta shapes, here I used a shape called casarecce... love!


As part of the Target Inner Circle, I got to meet Giada in person a few weeks ago at Fun and Fit in the City. Isn't she beautiful!

L-R, My daughter Karina, Me, Giada, My girlfriend Raquel

She was so sweet in person, I also got an autographed cookbook and a goody bag full of her new food products sold at Target. My favorites were of course the organic pastas. I tried a few shapes, but plan on going back to Target to try the whole wheat.

A few more things: This week I teemed up with 11 other bloggers to host a HUGE HOLIDAY giveaway... Two winners, one will win an iMac Computer! A second winner will win a $500 gift card. Hey, you never know! You gotta be in it to win it... click here for a chance to win!

And most importantly: Starting today I am making a commitment to run at least 1 mile a day until New Years. You in? It's part of the 2012 Holiday Running Streak from Runner's World. The way I see it, why wait till New Years? Let's start now, with all the baking and indulging that goes on during the Holidays, this is the perfect way to find a balance. I ran a mile this morning, I'll be running again tomorrow... if you prefer to walk, that's fine too, I would love it if you joined me. It could be inside, outside, morning, lunch time, evening... whenever you can squeeze it in. Tell me you're in, it will help keep me motivated!



Pasta with Spicy Sausage, Baby Spinach and Creamy Butternut Sauce
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 5 • Size: 1 1/4 cups • Old Points: 7 pts • Points+: 9
Calories: 362 • Fat: 8 g • Carb: 55 g • Fiber: 5 g • Protein: 20 g • Sugar: 1 g
Sodium: 419 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 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


Directions:

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.

nom!!

Serve with additional parmesan cheese on the side if desired.

Makes about 6 cups.

216 comments :

  1. This looks so yummy, I'll be trying it tonight and let you know how it turned out :)

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  2. I love simple pasta dishes like this - so satisfying!

    Also so jealous that you got to meet Giada!

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  3. This looks delicious!! I love your commitment to run a mile a day until the new year and I'm so JEALOUS that you met Giada!! You all look great in the picture :)

    Christa
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  4. You had me at butternut squash! I love it and it makes any recipe perfect for fall! I love the shape of the casarecce too :)

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  5. That looks so yummy! I must make this once I get past all this busy-ness I have going on.

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  7. This looks soooo amazing. I cannot wait to make it.

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  8. About how long does it take for the squash to soften as you boil it? Thanks!

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  9. This looks absolutely amazing!!!I love butternut squash and spinach so having a recipe that holds both is such a treat!! Yummy!
    p.s. Today is the very last day to enter into an H&M gift card giveaway on our blog!! Hope you can take look
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  10. SO excited to make this healthier version of one of my husband's fall favorites - thank you for sharing! Oh, and also...I'm down with the mile a day. Gonna start this afternoon. Great idea - thanks for the motivation.

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  11. I'm going to run my first mile tonight!!!! Good luck!!
    p.s LOVE YOUR FOOD!!!

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  12. I'm loving butternut squash sauces this season! And as for the running, can I do 2 miles every other day? ;)

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  13. This looks awesome! What kind of chicken sausage do you buy? I've tried the Trader Joe's brand but was wondering if there was a better option.

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    1. I like Premio best, and Al Fresco's is really good too.

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    2. Do you remove the casing?

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  14. So amazing that you got to meet Giada! She's my absolute favorite! She replied to one of my tweets a few years ago, and I have literally told every person who will listen, lol.

    This is such a unique pasta recipe. Will definitely have to make it soon!

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  15. Thanks for a wonderful looking recipe!!

    Joining you on the walk/run daily--not sure if I'll make it but hoping to get 100 miles between walk/run/bike by the end of December!

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  16. This. Looks. Amazing.

    Pinned!

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  17. I made WAY too much of the butternut squash sauce from the previous recipe so I froze it. I know what I'll be using it for now!! My bf and I are committed to eating Paleo most of the time, rarely eating pastas and grains, but this looks perfect for when that craving hits! Everything besides the pasta is paleo!

    By the way, the butternut squash sauce got a big thumbs up from me, bf, and three guests we had over for dinner. You're amazing Gina and keep up the wonderful work!

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  18. This looks so yummy. Pinning for later!

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  19. This looks amazing! Do you know what the nutritionals would be without the meat? I don't eat meat so I'll take that out. Thanks!

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  20. Forget the food......what do you use on your face?!?! You look younger than your daughter :-)

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  21. I'm not a runner but I'll commit to ride my bike every day!

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  22. OMG - I love anything butter nut squash!

    I'm using the couch to 5K app for iPad .. so not running every day, but at least 2x's per week.

    Monica
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  23. The pasta dish looks delicious, I just pinned it. You and your daughter are gorgeous, you look like sisters!

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  24. How long did you cook the squash for?!

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  25. I'm in for the running! awesome post!

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  26. This looks fantastic, I haven't come across these sausages in Scotland, is there a substitute?

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    1. Use 1 link of regular sausage and add ground turkey.

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  28. Looks yummy.

    I'm in for a mile a day! Good idea

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  29. not a fan of sausage, could you substitute ground chicken?

    thanks
    cannot wait to try this Gina!!!

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  30. Looks great, and so do you Gina, you look like a sister to your daughter rather than her Mom! I'll be trying this recipe tonight! I have loved all of the recipes I've tried so far.

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  31. Great recipe Gina!

    To add a little more depth of flavor I'd replace the pasta water with 3/4 cup chicken broth and a tablespoon or two of Heavy Cream. A bit more calories and fat but still keeping it lean!

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    1. Instead of the cream, try fat-free half & half!

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  32. I look forward everyday to go on your site and see what new recipe you have, i will definately try this one. My husband has lost 53 pounds and i have lost 17 cooking your recipes everynight for dinner. And we both walk on the treadmill everyday, its been great eating healthier we both feel so much better, i have told many people about your site :). Any idea how many old points it would be if I subsituted ground turkey for the sausage and multigrain pasta?

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  33. I don't want to be a downer, but it's not really a good idea to go running every day if you're not accustomed to it. Running is an impact sport, so you have a good chance of injuring yourself if you don't take rest days and build up your body's tolerance for the activity. It would be a much better idea to alternate running and walking days if you're not willing to take full rest days. Good luck with your challenge!

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    1. Walking at a brisk pace is perfectly acceptable! 1 mile won't take too long walking fast, maybe 30 minutes?

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  34. This pasta looks incredible. Such a perfect dish for this time of year!

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  35. How I wish I ha some squash on hand tonight, this looks great! I first was reading this in my RSS reader and glanced at the picture and saw 3 friends. Then I was like hmm which one is Gina so I read the caption and could not believe you 2 are monther/daughter. Looking good, must be all the yummy recipes you make for your family.

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    1. Aww thanks, people say that all the time :)

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  36. I made it and added walnut pieces! Delicious.

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    1. WALNUT PIECES. *dies* Great idea! I actually already have walnuts at home! Good call! I think I'll do what the above poster suggested and use chicken stock in lieu of the pasta water as well.

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    2. I agree with chicken stock! Will broaden flavors, wish I did that! Also, I know I know, one more thing - goat cheese is a great touch for the creaminess of it.

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    3. Can't do carbs so do you think spag squash would work in place of the pasta?

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  38. Another great recipe! I have been a big fan of your blog for quite some time, and this is the first time I commented. I am in a weight loss group with some old high school buddies, and have pointed them to this website MANY times. I love to cook, and always great to see fun substitutions and new items...especially when being super picky about food choices.

    Funny-- I just tried Giada's new line at Target last night. And said, "Wow. Not bad, Target, not bad."

    Thanks again for your blog and top notch responsiveness. I am trying to kick up my exercise routine, so I am on board with the running/elliptical daily.

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  39. Wow that's great that you got to meet Giada!! You and your daughter look like sisters!! Your pasta dish looks delicious!

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  40. I am in! In all the way! I usually do about 3 a day...so bring it!

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  41. So jealous you got to meet giada! And this pasta - to die for. It has all of my favorite ingredients!

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  42. After having wowed my husband with your spaghetti with creamy butternut leek sauce (only exception was I baked the squash from my garden to make the sauce, otherwise, followed your recipe exactly) I'm so looking forward to making this new one.

    Every recipe of yours I've ever tried (and there have been many of them) have been perfect. They look good, taste wonderful, are healthy and they got my husband and me to stay on Weight Watchers without feeling deprived. I'm on maintenance now, thanks in no small part to your good food. I will continue forever to make your recipes, because they are just too good to relegate to "when we were losing weight". Thanks a million.

    Fun fact? Had to look it up, but I found that "casarecce" is Italian for "homemade" and that is such a beautiful description of this cool pasta shape. Thanks, too, for telling us what brands you use and where you get them.

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    1. Love it!! Perfect name, tasted so good!

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  43. This looks delicious. Winter squash is such a favorite in our house. If this anywhere near close to OMG YUM as is your spaghetti with creamy butternut squash leak sauce then I will be in BN squash heaven ...That recipe is truly decadent.

    Thanks Gina. Nancy

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  44. Hi Gina! This looks incredible, and what do you know, I just happen to have the box of Giada's Whole Wheat Penne from our goody bag from that day!!! I am going to try this with a vegetarian/soy alternative for the chicken sausage. Thank you again for inviting me that day to meet Giada, she really was so sweet and genuine! I feel so honored to be pictured with you all on Skinnytaste!! Let me know if you want to go for a run cause I'm IN!!!!

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    1. It was a great day, glad you came along.

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  45. okay... dumb question. what are shallots?! can i just used regular white onions instead?

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    1. Sure, they are smaller onions with a mild garlic flavor.

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  46. Fabulous recipe!!! I'm so jealous that you met Giada! I just love her! She seems so sweet!!

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  47. If I substitute olive oil for butter, it should be ok, right? I'm trying to cut out animal products. What about nutritional yeast for Parmesan cheese. Is there something I can substitute for the chicken sausage? I'm not into tofu- maybe mushrooms?

    I've met Giada at New York Food and Wine Festival and at her book signings. She is so sweet in person! If you want to meet her, go to her website and sign up for notifications of her events. She's very approachable. The book signings are quick but the food festival events allow you to have a little more time to speak to her.

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    1. Sure, olive oil can always be swapped for butter. You can also just leave the sausage out, mushrooms might be good.

      She is so approachable and super friendly, loved her.

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  48. We loved the other butternut sauce recipe! We'll definitely be trying this.. I was never big on mashed butternut squash at the holidays (an incredibly bland staple in my family, unfortunately) but this parmesan, sage, butternut sauce has been an awesome surprise..

    Thanks!

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  49. Okay congrats on meeting Giada! I really do like the idea of the 1 mile idea. Just wanted to bring up that if you want you can create a challenge on challengeloop.com to have everyone that wants to join can. Plus everyone is on the same page. I love using it, just wanted to share!

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    1. Good to know. This challenge is actually from Runners World, you can follow the hashtag #RWRunStreak on twitter.

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  50. Love this new recipe! Cannot wait to try! I have been making your recipes consistently for about 5-6 weeks, and I've lost 6 pounds. I was stuck! Worked out all the time, ate pretty well and nothing. Then I started to cook your recipes, more veges and fresh foods, and here I am! At my goal!

    Yes, I will join in the challenge to run a mile each day. Sounds fun!

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  51. Hi Gina - this looks great, butternut squash & sage is a great combination! And as I'm working on getting back into exercise this is a great challenge. A mile is doable. Count me in!

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  52. I had some cubed butternut squash sitting in my fridge that wasn't going to last much longer! I am putting it to use tonight- this is a perfect meal for a cool fall night!

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  53. Thanks Gina, this looks delicious. I have 2 utternut squash left from the farmers market and this is def calling their name. So glad I found your blog, it's awesome (as are you, wink, wink)!

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  54. Looks delish! Now I know what to do with the leftover sage! Also, I think it's a great idea to start resolutions early. It'll get you in gear & balance out those holiday cravings! The loop in my neighborhood is a mile - count me & my puppy in! :) good luck!
    PS - your daughter is beautiful!
    PPS - I'm jealous you met Giada! Love her!

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  55. Pasta looks comforting and delicious for winter. I am printing it, and making it soon!
    What a great experience to meet Giada, she is one of my favorites!

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  56. Count me in for the one mile a day challenge Gina! I might sub a cardio class here and there, but I'm down for the 30 days of activity...(Definitely need some damage control from all this holiday baking and eating ;)

    -Fatimah

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    1. 30 days of cardio, zumba, whatever!!!

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  57. This looks amazing, what a great idea! This would be a great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers with turkey in place of the sausage and some pureed roasted squash I always serve at my dinner. Maybe some cranberry sauce on the side? Will definitely hold that thought for next year!

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  58. Pleeeease let me know if you can subsitute speghetti squash for the pasta. I am loving this recipe, but carbs are NOT my friend.

    BTW - you DO look younge than your daughter, or at least her same age.
    ABTW - so jealous that you met Giada. She's fabulous!

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      BTW- thanks, must be the photo!

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  59. Any chance this could be frozen and reheated later?

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  60. You can do a mile a day! Stay committed and by the time the New Year rolls around it will be a habit. I'd say I'm in but I take Saturdays off. I walk mon-wed-fri anywhere frm 1-3 miles and then run an average of 4-5 every tues-thurs. Sundays are for long runs of 5-14 miles. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. And for those reading this that think they can't run, try the run-walk-run method found at jeffgalloway.com It's what I do and this year I have done 2-5ks, 1-10k, 1-12k and three half marathons and I have only been running a year. Best of luck!

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    1. That's excellent! I def walk if I get tired and then run again, it works for me.

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  61. I made this last night and it was delicious. The kids gobbled it up! Our picky son thought the pureed squash was cheese!! Love that I made a dinner with 2 vegetables in it!!

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  62. Do you need to remove the casings from the sausage first?

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  63. Am I in? Probably not...though I wish I were. Not a runner. But I have added a second walk each day. This time with my puppy, Sadie. The first walk goes to our older dog, Lexi. We all could use more exercise.

    I love squash and this recipe does sound inviting! Thanks. :)

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  64. This really looks so very good! I am making it for Christmas Eve Dinner! Gina, you are a true inspiration!! I look forward to your recipes. You do keep me on track;I brag about you all the time!! Oh,you guys look great with Giada! You lucky duck :)

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  65. This looks fantastic, and pureeing the squash will be an excellent use for the blender I'm getting for Christmas.

    Also, I am definitely joining you in the goal. However, since I play roller derby, I'll make my goal to run OR skate a mile every day :-D

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  66. This recipe looks too good! just to die for!!! I think I will choose to make this more decadent dish rather than go out to dinner, for my next cheat meal.. even though this is a skinnier recipe I don't think I would have the self control to eat just 1 1/4 cups, lol..I'll need just a little more because it looks and sounds that good! still so much healthier than restaurant food!

    Here in Brooklyn I walk a mile (about 20 blocks) almost every day, walking to the gym...but in honor of you Gina I am going to step it up and start jogging either the walk to the gym or on treadmill at the gym.

    The pic with Giada is great! All beautiful ladies =)

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  67. I am making this this weekend but I am going to use spaghetti squash instead of pasta to save the calories and carbs-

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  68. Please do your Mile a Day. I started on January 1st doing Mile a Day in 2012 over and above my normal workout and I have released 15 pounds and 15" so far and I Power Walk. You can make it a habit and if you are running, it will take you a lot less time than it takes me.
    I definitely will be making your pasta. I had a soup similar made with kale and it was to die for.

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    1. That's great Laura! Yes, I think I like running to get it over with quicker. :)

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  69. Hi Gina,
    Love your recipes and so does my husband. They have given me more cooking confidence, no hard to find ingredients, and always taste delicious. I'm in for the mile a day too...30 mins. of walking.

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  70. Do you think I could sub kale for the spinach? I just got some in my CSA box, and I'm not a big fan of raw kale or kale chips...

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    1. Yes! May need to cook a little longer though.

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  71. I am joining you in running a mile or cycling 4 miles a day (have to cycle until sprained ankle heals in another week or two) for sure! I love your blog and my family loves your recipes too!

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  72. Gina, we love this! How simple, nutritious and perfectly easy! That butternut squash makes a sauce that looks creamy without having cream in it. We're going to feature this on our Facebook page and link here so people can see how you made it, and your lovely photography. If you wish, come LIKE us on Facebook for more recipes and tips on greens like kale, chard, beet, mustard, turnip, collard, escarole, dandelion and other green leafies. https://www.facebook.com/Cut.n.Clean.Greens

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  73. Gina,

    Love your recipes! Quick question - I want to make this tonight but I am a bit of a math moron. What does 10 oz of pasta look like? Is that 1 cup uncooked? 2 cups? Is it an entire box of pasta? Help! I am tracking my calories and want to make sure I get this right. Thank you :)

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  74. Gina,
    I've never written before but use your recipes all the time. They are fabulous! My partner cannot have onions, garlic or anything spicy. (So difficult) How do you think this would work with mild chicken sausage and perhaps mushrooms instead of onions? If you have other ideas please let me know. I really want to try this recipe! Thanks so much for everything!
    Pam

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    1. I think it would be good that way- I have made mushrooms with butternut squash before and it came out well- especially since sage is nice with mushrooms.

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  75. Gina,
    I have cooked something on this website about three times a week for the last two months. I'm down 8 lbs just by doing some calorie counting on myfitnesspal.com and using these recipes- many of which are in their recipe book already, SO convenient and easy. I'm not one for jumping on bandwagons or following trends, or even staying current in the blogging world- but this is one blog I check almost every day. Thank you for your hard work and for making everything so delicious and easy! I'm sure I will post again- I love this blog too much to be silent!
    Emily

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  76. I am going to try this. I have a acorn squash laying around waiting to be used. Do you think it would be a okay substitute?

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    1. How did the acorn squash work out? I have some too and was wondering if it would work!

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  77. Just made this for dinner tonight, and it was delicious. I couldn't find chicken sausage, so I bought Johnsonville Pork & Chicken mild Italian sausage, and added some red pepper flakes to it. This sausage is probably a little pointier, but the dish was great. I used farfalle pasta, but darn it, I just realized I that I FORGOT to put in the sage leaves that I bought! Definitely will be making this again. Thanks Gina!

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    1. I made this tonight also but couldn't find the recommended sausage. So I used Johnsonville Pork & Chicken with chiptole. The points were 5 pts per sausage. I'm not sure how that compares point wise to the recommended sausage but the results were yummy. My hubby and 3 kids 11,8 and 7 all ate it.

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    2. Made this for my 2nd time tonight, and this time I couldn't even find the Johnsonville Pork & chicken sausage, so I used Trader Joe's fully cooked jalapeno sausages, and just chopped them up. I sauteed the onion/garlic first in the butter, then add the cooked sausage to warm through, then continued with the recipe. It was delicious, and I'll probably use these sausages next time. My family LOVES this dish!

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  78. I am in!!! I recently had spinal surgery so I can only walk - but I pledge to move at least a mile a day. Good idea!! I love your blog!

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  79. Just made this and it's great. Didn't think I'd like butternut squash but am glad I tried it. Very satisfying.

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  80. oh my YUMMY!!!!
    I just made this with a couple of variations for things I had on hand/ could find
    I used chicken and apple sausage and canned pumpkin (my grocery did not have a butternut squash)
    so tasty and filling... and my kids really liked it too

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  81. I will be joining you in the running! Getting married right after the holidays!! Hopefully your yummy recipes and our running will get me ready for the dress!

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  82. I will join you in running. Already doing it. My training partner is a unstoppable, but he is a year old chocolate lab. He makes sure I get out every day which is tough at 4:30 in the morning. It does get easier, I started again last April and have lost over 30 pounds.

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  83. I made this tonight and it was so delicious! My fiance and I both devoured it. Thanks for another great recipe!

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  84. Love your site! I love that there are so many healthy AND delicious recipes. As for the RW holiday challenge, my husband, best friend, her husband and I are all doing it.

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  85. That is some really tasty looking pasta!

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  86. Meeting Giada is my dream... jealous! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    http://jailavie.com

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  87. This looks absolutely frickin' incredible, and I have seriously not stopped thinking about it since I first saw the title in my email! I want to make this for dinner tonight, and I can't wait!

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  88. This was delicious. I made it for dinner last night because I've been looking for some creative way to use my butternut. I didn't have spinach, but turnip greens worked in a pinch.

    Also, you still have my support. I won't lie and say a ran a mile last night, but I did walk one briskly on the treadmill and then I got on the elliptical for 25 minutes. I'm with on you "Running into the New Year".

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  89. I made this last night for my boyfriend and I! It was a great success! I love your recipes! And so does he!

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  90. I tried this tonight and it was delicious!
    I have tried a few of the recipes you have posted and they have all been great, thanks :)
    When I put this recipe into the ww recipe builder it came to 10p+ though. But well worth the points.

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  91. This was wonderful! So rich and creamy without the guilt :) I used AlFresco chicken sausage (one of my favorites). I can't wait to have it again tomorrow for lunch!

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  92. Made this tonight and it was delicious. I am not a huge fan of butternut squash but it looked so good I decided to try it and both my husband and I loved it. I used regular hot (pork) sausage but otherwise stuck to the recipe. Boiled the squash about 10-12 minutes before it became soft. I had prepped all the chopped stuff earlier in the day which made cooking time pretty easy. A great fall/winter meal!

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  93. Gina, this looks awesome!! You know how I don't eat pork, I recently found Italian chicken sausage at our meat dept in our grocery store and I love it!! Must try this!

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  94. This was delicious! I don't have a blender, so I just mashed the butternut squash. Worked fine! I doubled the recipe and it made HUGE amounts. I'll be eating this for days. Love the site!

    Sean

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  95. Do you think bulk breakfast sausage would work in this? I am about to get some from my winter CSA (and butternut squash) but I wonder if it would be 'off' with the spinach?

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  96. We had this last night and it was amazing!

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  97. Can't wait to try this, adding the ingredients to my shopping list right now. All of you in the picture are so beautiful

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  98. I just maded this ... so yummy. No one would ever guess that it has squash for the sauce.

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  99. Another delicious recipe!!! I pureed the whole squash and froze the other half for next time...

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  100. Made this tonight...followed the recipe exactly. A total slam dunk. Everyone loved it. THANKS!!!

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  101. Can I use Turkey sausage instead of chicken cant find chicken?

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  102. Runners World, running streak...I'm in!

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  103. Made this last night with turkey sausage instead of chicken and brown rice instead of pasta - it was a huge hit! Definitely a keeper.

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  104. One of my favorites!! Yum yum!

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  105. ahhhh! you met Giada!! This is awesome!!!

    Pasta looks delicious, yum. And mile a day - good for you!

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  106. Just made this for my 7and 5 year old kids, and they think it is Mac and Cheese!

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  107. Gina I made this last night for dinner and it got 5/5 Stars from both my husband and I and we will be enjoying what is left as a side dish tonight. Next time I will save more Squash Water and I would love to try it again with Kale for holding together for left-overs.

    Keep up your daily running. I was able to do 7 miles (Power Walking) today with some sunshine, and no rain/snow finally.

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  108. This recipe was delicious. I just made it last night. I only made one change, I can't eat spicy so i used sweet sausage instead. Still delicious.
    Thank you! I know I will make this again. It was great.

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  109. I tried this recipe last night with gluten free brown rice pasta, and it was just AMAZING. I was really shocked out of my mind how creamy and rich the sauce was. It was also my first time trying a gluten free supplement for pasta, and it too was just fantastic. I am SO looking forward to eating this for lunch today!!

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  110. I made this recipe last night - it was delicious! I roasted the squash for about 30 minutes and used an immersion blender and a bit of water to puree it. I also used chicken stock rather than pasta water because I didn't have time to cook the pasta ahead of time. Thanks so much for all of these wonderful recipes, Gina!

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  111. What would be a good side to accompany this dish?

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  112. Made this last weekend and it was great! I used precut butternut squash from store as I am not good at cutting one up. :) It was a little more than what recipe called for but I added some more reserved pasta water to thin it out. Love the running pledge. I can get out 3 times a week, but run 17 miles/week. I think that can count as 1 mile a day.
    As an aside, I think my husband may be more jealous that you met Giada than I am.

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  113. Made it tonight and it is SO SO SO yummy!!!!! I love it!

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  114. This recipe might have changed my life, LOL. Made it tonight and it was SO delicious, almost like carbonara but healthier. It's definitely going to be a favorite!

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  115. This was so good! It was my first time cooking with squash! It was delicious and looked so gourmet!

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  116. I made this tonight and it was INCREDIBLE!!! Keep up the amazing work!

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  117. OMG soooo good. Mine looked a little different than yours :( you make it look so pretty

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  118. I made this tonight using kale, turkey sausage, and whole wheat pasta (because those things are what I had on hand). Otherwise, I followed Gina's recipe exactly. Even my picky husband loved it. I'll be making this many more times. It was super good and I look forward to having leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

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  119. This sounds yummy! Could you use frozen butternut squash?

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    1. I just made this using frozen butternut squash. Steamed it in the bag in the microwave and then tossed it in the blender. SO SO SO GOOD!

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  120. I hate when people comment on recipes saying they can't wait to try, but don't follow up with how it worked out. So here is how it worked out... great recipe, some small tweaks: used regular onion, next time will try shallots (little to overpowering) added a cup of milk, and added red pepper flakes because couldn't find spicy chicken sausage. Overall, hubby who hates my cooking, loved it!

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  121. I made this last night, but used an whole onion instead of the shallot. It came out great, and my husband loved it! Thanks for sharing!

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  122. Made this last night and it was SO GOOD!! My hubby gave it a thumbs up! I ended up using turkey italian sausage, because I couldn't find the chicken ones at my store. I also used the sweet kind instead of spicy, so the kiddos could enjoy it as well. We all loved it... it will definitely be added to our list of recipes!!

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  123. I made this last weekend and it was amazing!!!

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  124. About how long should you boil the squash for?

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  125. Made this tonight! I didn't have spinach but made it anyway...I added some curry powder to amp it up a little more and LOVED IT!

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  126. Picky kids are loving this dish tonight! Thank you.
    Claudia R. Chico,CA

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  127. Great dish! This one is going in my recipe box for sure!

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  128. This was AMAZING! The best thing I have made from skinny taste!

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  129. Made this recipe tonight. It was DELICIOUS! Even my picky husband liked it!

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  130. This was soooo good! I used hot italian turkey sausage and whole grain elbow pasta. I had a hard time peeling the squash so I cooked it in the microwave (wrapped in a damp paper towel) for 9 minutes and the squash was easier to peel.

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  131. I just finished eating this and it was DELICIOUS! Even my husband who hates anything that looks, smells or tastes like onions enjoyed it. What a great idea to use squash as the base for the sauce.

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  132. I am a vegetarian so I put this through recipe builder without the sausage and it comes to 7 points per serving, as opposed to 9 points with the sausage

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  133. Sounds delicious and can not wait to try! Am having a small dinner party this weekend and this sounds like just the perfect recipe! : ) Wondering how roasting the squash vs boiling it would change the flavor??

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  134. I made this tonight for dinner and it was very good. I mistakenly cooked the baby spinach before hand which yielded a lot of spinach and it over powered the butternut squash taste. I will definately try it again with 2 cups of uncooked spinach.

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  135. I made this tonight and it was my boyfriend's favorite recipe from this site so far... I like all the recipe's from Skinnytaste so I can't pick!!! I would have never thought to use butternut squash as a pasta sauce and I am definitely going to make this again :)

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  136. Gina,
    Do you think this recipe will be good with spaghetti squash instead of pasta? We're really trying to cut back on carbs and I love spaghetti squash.

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  137. I just stumbled upon this recipe this morningn& made it tonight. SO good! Its so awesome to be eating a satisfying, creamy sauce & know its not full of fat, but actually just fresh delicious vegetable! Thank you!

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  138. Al Fresco sausage is very salty. Is there another alternative that is less salty? I'd like to try this recipe. Looks sooo good.

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  139. I made this last weekend, it is to die for! Thank you for another fantastic recipe. Everything I have made from your site (and I've made lots) has been a huge hit with my family. Can't wait for your cook book!!!

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  140. I made this last weekend, it is to die for! Thank you for another fantastic recipe. Everything I have made from your site (and I've made lots) has been a huge hit with my family. Can't wait for your cook book!!!

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  141. This turned out really amazing and filling. I didn't have spinach so zam! used some bok choy instead. I can't say enough how much I love your recipes!

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  142. Great recipe! I couldn't find spicy chicken sausages so I used regular Italian turkey sausages. I never tried them before and now I know I do not like them. The butternut squash sauce was delish! I will make this dish again but use regular grilled chicken or even shrimp instead of the sausage. I love all your dishes I have tried so far!

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  143. i just made this. it was ok but was missing something... not sure what though

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  144. Made this tonight and it was AWESOME! Our 2-year-old loved it too :)

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  145. Made this tonight and I am in love. Even my skeptical husband was won over by the wonderful texture of the sauce. I used 1 pork hot Italian sausage + 6oz extra lean ground turkey breast and whole wheat penne. A winner.

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  146. If you use vegetable pasts does it change the points or calories?

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  147. Made this tonight, eating it now...added cayenne pepper to mine, had no sage, and it's SOOOOO good. Butternut squash for a sauce was a great idea, it almost looked to pretty to toss in :P

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  149. Not a huge fan of butternut squash, but this meal was outstanding!! The sauce, the flavors, everything was perfect! Thank you for introducing me to a new way of eating squash. I really enjoy your site and have made a huge list of all the recipes that I plan on making - exciting!! Thank you :)

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  150. This was AMAZING!!! I am anticipating leftovers tonight!! I will be doing this again, and often!!

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  151. I made this dish for dinner tonight and it was delicious. My husband even told me it was a home run! I substituted the cup of water for chicken broth and it was amazing. Thank you for the recipe!

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  152. I made this last week for dinner and I used Johnsonville mild sausage (took off casing and chopped up two of them). It was so good. I made it into four servings (my husband was out of town) and ate it for dinner and lunch.

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  153. Made this tonight for dinner. It was awesome! A bit labor intensive, but worth the extra effort. Next time I'll do a few things ahead of time, and I'm going to try the chicken broth idea!
    Thanks Gina for the recipe!

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  154. Omg omg omg!!!! I made it and just couldn't stop eating it. Sooooo amazing. Love everything I've ever made from you. You have yet to disappoint! Thank you thank you thank you!

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  155. I made this for "date night" last night and we both loved it. The only things I did differently were to use whole-wheat penne and I also roasted my squash cubes in the oven with olive oil + garlic + salt & pepper before blending (instead of boiling them).

    Next time, I would double the recipe because there was hardly any left over for my lunches this week (we both had 2 very large helpings, so probably not very weight-loss friendly, haha!!). Thanks, Gina!

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  156. @ Gina - I have a weird question...I am making this tonight for dinner. I just got done chopping up the butternut squash ( I was trying to save money by not buying the pre-chopped stuff). This is the first time I have ever cooked with butternut squash and now my hands are covered in this film - kind of like dried up Elmer's Glue. Is this normal? I can't wait to see how it turns out but I wish I could figure out how to get this film off my hands! Thanks for your help!

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  157. Just made this. I made it for my wife. She loved it. That's all that matters.

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  158. Love this recipe! This was my first time cooking with butternut squash and it turned out fabulous! YUM! I too added a bit of chicken broth and half and half as a previous poster mentioned.

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