Autumn Pasta w/ Sausage & Butternut Squash

I only make this dish once a year, in the fall, when the weather is turning crispy.
I don't know why, because it is just so damn good.

I ate 2 huge bowls of this tonight. I am no Giada DeLaurentis, who eats from that little baby gratin dish (I wish I had her figure, so maybe if I would start eating from that small size dish, I could have her body!!.....highly doubtful).

I promise you, this will be a favorite pasta dish and special enough to serve company.

Penne w/ Butternut Squash, Sausage & Sage:

~ 1 butternut squash, cut into 1" pieces
~ 2 Italian sausages (you can use hot or sweet), casings removed
~ 2 cloves garlic, chopped
~ 3 tbsp of chopped, fresh sage leaves
~ 1 1/4 cups of chicken stock
~ 1/4 cup white wine
~ 8 oz. of penne pasta (half a box or bag)

In a heavy skillet, coat your pan w/ olive oil. Cook butternut squash on high, not moving around too much, until the edges caramelize. About 5 minutes or so. Remove from pan.
Now, add your sausage, and break it up in the pan. After that is browned, about 5 minutes, add your garlic, chopped sage and white wine and simmer for 3 minutes until liquid is evaporated.
Add your chicken stock and butternut squash and simmer 10 minutes, until squash is tender.
While sauce is simmering, boil your pasta in salted water and drain.
Add your cooked pasta to the sauce.

You can add good Parmigiano Reggiano cheese to the top if you like, but I don't bother.

Big Ass Bowls from Crate & Barrel (the green herbs are printed on the bowl!).


K said…
oh yum! that looks delish! very fally. mmmmm
Giff said…
wow with a meal like this, Fall is well and truly here :)
Anonymous said…
Looks fantastic! I think I'm finally coming around to savory squash dishes. A squash lasagna could even be in my future. Love your bowls!
kat said…
Stacey, I am so making this! I love pasta with squash but have never added sausage before. Adding pork makes everything better, right?! I think I even have some of my husbands homemade sausage in the fridge
That looks yummy! And Julian might actually eat this. - John
Shelley said…
Wow! I thought that was real basil! I love those bowls! This recipe looks so delicious! I'd make it more than once a year! :) And yea, everything is better with pork!
Anonymous said…
I have to try this! Never thought of squash and pasta together.
This looks so good Stacey! I would definitly make this, I'm loving all things with butternut squash lately. Those "big ass" bowls really make your presentation pop!!! :)
Pam said…
I am so excited! My neighbor just gave me a butternut squash and I've been looking for a good recipe - I guess I found it.
Shelby said…
I will definitely have to try this one!
Great recipe! I had something like this recently but it also had a blue cheese sauce with it. It was good, but yours sounds a bit more refined. I'll have to give it a try!
Lisl said…
Giff and I are definitely making this this weekend. Hopefully I can stop him tinkering with it because it looks wonderful as is - thanks!
Anonymous said…
I just made this recipe last night and it is FANTASTIC! My boyfriend was really blown away, and I was amazed at how simple and delicious it was, not to mention inexpensive! Used turkey sausage and it was excellent. Thanks for this keeper recipe!
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Lazy_Ducky said…
nice that i found this recipe. i was thinking of penne with pumpkin for tonight dinner -)
Maria said…
Oh! This looks absolutely wonderful. No worries, all my bowls are big too, we are the true lovers of pasta. Small bowls are INSULTS to the food. I will blog about this when I try it next week.
Caveman Cooking said…
Man that looks good. Will have to give that a go ... without sausage for my herbivore Cavewoman and with for me! I love recipes like this that make it easy to prepare both ways at once.
htshaw said…
Do you leave the skin on the squash when you cube it?
Laura1943 said…
I am making this now...and it smells divine !!!!!
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