Pasta With Spicy Sausage, Baby Spinach And Creamy Butternut Sauce by Meredith F - Musely
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Pasta With Spicy Sausage, Baby Spinach And Creamy Butternut Sauce

posted in Food & Drink
10/13/2014
  • 11 oz (4 links) spicy chicken Italian sausage
    1 lb butternut squash, peeled and diced
    1 tbsp light butter
    10 oz casarecce, or pasta of your choice
    1/4 cup shallots, minced
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
    2 tbsp fresh shaved parmesan cheese
    4 sage leaves, sliced thin
    kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add butternut squash and cook until soft. Remove squash with a slotted spoon and place in a blender, blend until smooth.

    Add pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package directions for al dente, reserving at least 1 cup of the pasta water before draining.

  • Meanwhile, in a large deep non-stick skillet, sauté sausage over medium heat until browned, breaking up with a spoon as it cooks. When cooked through, set aside on a plate.

    Reduce heat to medium-low and melt the butter, sauté the shallots and garlic until soft and golden, about 5 - 6 minutes. Add pureed butternut squash, season with with salt and fresh cracked pepper and add a little of the reserved pasta water (I used about 1 cup) to thin out the sauce to your liking. Add baby spinach and stir in parmesan cheese and sage.

  • Toss in cooked pasta and sausage and mix until well coated.

    Serve with additional parmesan cheese on the side if desired.

    Makes about 6 cups.

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