Pasta with Butternut Sauce, Spicy Sausage and Baby Spinach
Prep Time: 10mins
Cook Time: 35mins
Total Time: 45mins
Pasta in a decadent creamy, homemade, butternut squash pasta sauce, with no cream! The spicy chicken sausage and sage is the perfect compliment, this pasta dish is filling and comforting on a chilly night.
11oz4 links spicy chicken Italian sausage
1lbbutternut squash(peeled and diced)
10ozpasta(wheat or gluten-free)
2cupsbaby spinach(roughly chopped)
2tbspfresh shaved parmesan cheese
4sage leaves(sliced thin)
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper(to taste)
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.
Serve with additional parmesan cheese on the side if desired.