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Pasta With Sausage and Squash

Recipes by Chef Steph

Chef Steph

Pasta With Sausage and Squash

Squash is great with sausage! Try this hearty and healthy recipe, perfect for the Autumn season.

ingredients

Pasta With Sausage and Squash
  • 3 tablespoons - extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 ounces - Italian sausage (about 3 links), casings removed
  • 1 tablespoon - all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups - milk
  • 1 cup - heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups - finely-grated Parmesan, divided
  • 1/2 large - butternut squash (about 1 lb.), peeled, seeded, chopped into 1/2" pieces
  • 1/2 pound - fusilli or other short pasta
  • 1 - garlic clove, finely-grated
  • 1 - sprig of sage
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons - kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon - freshly-grated nutmeg
  • - Freshly-ground black pepper
Prep time
15 minutes
Cook Time
27  minutes
Serves
6 to 10

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a medium heavy pot over medium-high. 
  2. Cook sausage, breaking up into about 1" pieces with a wooden spoon, until well browned, 5–7 minutes. 
  3. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, until evenly distributed, about 1 minute.
  4. Combine milk, cream, and 2 cups water in a large bowl or glass measuring cup. 
  5. Stirring sausage mixture constantly, slowly stream in milk mixture; bring to a simmer. 
  6. Add 1 1/4 cups Parmesan and cook, stirring constantly, until cheese is melted. 
  7. Add squash, pasta, garlic, sage, salt, and nutmeg and toss to combine, making sure pasta is covered with liquid. 
  8. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and bring to a bare simmer. 
  9. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pasta is cooked through, squash is beginning to break down, and sauce is reduced and glossy, about 20 minutes.
  10. Pluck out and discard sage. Transfer pasta to a platter. Top with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan and a few cranks of pepper.

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