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Butternut Squash and Sausage Pasta

Butternut Squash and Sausage Pasta
Serves: 6Ready In: 30 minutes

Why We Like It

This is comfort food at its best -- plus, it's an incredibly tasty reason to take advantage of in-season butternut squash.  We used a slightly spicy sausage and it gave this pasta a nice kick!

Cook the Pasta:

  • 6 oz whole wheat pasta (of your choice, such as rotini or penne)

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions.  Drain, but SAVE ONE CUP OF THE PASTA COOKING WATER!

Saute the Squash:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups butternut squash (peeled, seeded, and cut into bite size pieces)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Add oil to a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add everything else and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until squash is tender.  Transfer squash to a plate and set aside.

Cook the Onion and Sausage:

  • 1 white onion (chopped)
  • 2 links pork sausage (chopped, or about 1/2 lb ground pork, spicy if available)

Add to the skillet where you cooked the squash.  Cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender and sausage is cooked through.

Add the Rest:

  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Add to the skillet along with the butternut squash, 1 cup of pasta cooking water, and cooked pasta.  Stir to combine and cook 3 minutes on medium heat until sauce thickens slightly.

Serve and Enjoy!

  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley (chopped, OPTIONAL)

Serve topped with chopped fresh parsley if desired.

Quick Tips

To help this meal come together quickly, consider prepping your butternut squash ahead of time.

Nutrition Information for one serving

  • Calories: 220
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2 g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 32 g
  • Cholesterol: 12 mg
  • Fiber: 4.5 g
  • Sugars: 4 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Sodium: 315 mg