Happy Fall Friends!
Something I love of a cool fall day is a warm, comforting dinner. This dish is cozy and cheese and has that smooth winter squash taste with the spicy sausage… So good!
This recipe was developed because I wanted to make something with the Butternut Squash that just showed up at the Commissary (our military grocery store), and I was inspired to make a pasta dish by Mix and Match Mama’s Pumpkin-Sausage Pasta.
Sausage & Butternut Squash Pasta Bake
- 1 box favorite shape pasta (I used elbows, that’s what we had)
- 1 lb Spicy Italian Sausage
- 1 small or 1/2 large butternut squash (olive oil, salt, pepper)
- 1 onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 cup Smoked Mozzarella cheese (this is amazing in this dish, but provolone or regular Mozzarella will work too)
- 1 cup bread crumbs (plain, not Italian… I made ours by baking some whole wheat bread for 10 minutes at 350 degrees until hard, pulsing with 1 Tbsp butter, 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese and a pinch of salt)
- Salt and pepper to taste
Here’s how you make it!
Roasted the butternut squash in the oven with olive oil, salt and pepper at 400 degrees for 30 -45 minutes (until the inside is soft enough to pierce with a fork).
Cook and drain the pasta according to package instructions.
Brown your sausage in a large skillet with sides. Once browned, add the diced onion and cook until translucent. Add garlic and cook for one more minute (being careful not to overcook the garlic) and remove from heat.
Once the Squash is soft, scoop it out into a blender and blend with 1 cup chicken stock (or 1 cup warm water mixed with 1 cube bullion). Add the squash to the skillet along with the turmeric and simmer for 10 minutes to make a thick sauce. Salt and pepper to taste.
Add pasta (you may not need all the pasta) to the sauce and coat, transfer to a 9 x 13 pan. Top with cheese and breadcrumbs and back for 25-30 minutes, until brown and bubbly.
OR, you can eat it strait out of the skillet without baking.
Let me know if you try it or have any fun variations!