Here's a super tasty weeknight pasta full of delicious fall flavors - butternut squash, sage, spinach and sausage. It's quick and easy - you just toss it all together. The ricotta nestled in at the end gives a delicious creamy finish to a hearty winter pasta.
One Pot Meal, Quick and Easy, Pork, Pasta
Author: The Blue Jean Chef, Meredith Laurence
1pounddried rotini pasta
1poundsweet Italian sausagecasings removed
2cups butternut squashdiced
salt and fresh ground black pepper
2tablespoonschopped fresh sage
4cupsfresh baby spinach
Bring a large stockpot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to package directions until it is just tender. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water before draining the pasta.
Pre-heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up into bite-sized chunks, until it is no longer pink. Remove the cooked sausage from the pan with a slotted spoon and set it aside. Add the onion and butternut squash to the pan and stir to coat with the fat from the sausage. Add the dried sage. Sauté for a few minutes to brown the vegetables. Add the chicken stock and deglaze the pan, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring the liquid to a simmer, cover and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until the squash is soft.
While the pasta and squash are cooking, mix the ricotta cheese with the fresh sage, salt and freshly ground black pepper in a bowl and set it aside.
Return the cooked sausage to the pan and add the baby spinach. Add the hot pasta to the pan on top of the spinach and toss to combine until the spinach has wilted. Add ½ cup of the reserved pasta water to loosen the pasta, adding more if necessary. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Dollop the seasoned ricotta cheese into the pasta, nestling it into the pasta to start to warm and melt. Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with a little more fresh sage if desired. Serve immediately.
Butternut Squash, Sausage & Spinach Pasta Toss
Amount Per Serving
Calories 701Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 14g70%
Vitamin A 7110IU142%
Vitamin C 18.2mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.