Pasta with Butternut Sauce, Spicy Sausage and Baby Spinach

by Erin

Easily blend your own butternut sauce to be served with your favorite pasta shape, spicy Italian sausage, fresh baby spinach, and a little bit of Parmesan cheese and sage.

Bowl of Pasta with Butternut Sauce, Spicy Sausage and Baby Spinach.

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Other than pumpkin, I think butternut squash may be my favorite type of squash. But for some reason I only think to cook with it during the fall/winter and the same with pumpkin during the fall.

Although it makes sense, being that they are locally in season in the fall. But I am known to stash some homemade pumpkin puree in my freezer so I can’t really use that as an excuse. Besides the fact that in the US we are privileged enough to be able to find most things year round at the grocery store due to imports.

Skillet Pasta with Butternut Sauce, Spicy Sausage and Baby Spinach.

To solve this problem, I decided to buy more butternut squash than I needed for this recipe and saved the remaining peeled and cubed pieces in my freezer (it can live next to the pumpkin). Now to just remember it is there to use later. That may be the bigger problem because if you saw how stuffed my freezer was year-round, you’d understand.

“How long has that homemade ice cream been in here?? And what flavor is it? ::sniff::” Seriously happened. Also discovered frozen boxes of Girl Scout cookies the other day. How do you forget about those? Oh yea, they were blocked by the 10 packages of butter I stocked up on when it went on sale. Serious first world food blogger problems in my fridge.

Garnished Pasta with Butternut Sauce, Spicy Sausage and Baby Spinach.

But I digress, let’s focus on unfrozen food such as this pasta. The butternut squash is pureed to function as the sauce itself, and what a fantastic idea! It’s complimented very nicely with the spicy sausage and the winter-ific sage. And don’t forget the spinach to finish off this healthy meal. But I decided to curb that a little by serving it with pull apart garlic bread. Mmm garlicky carbs.

And a Happy Birthday shout-out to my big brother!! Happy 33rd!

Pasta with Butternut Sauce, Spicy Sausage and Baby Spinach - bread on the side.

Bowl of Pasta with Butternut Sauce, Spicy Sausage and Baby Spinach.


Yield: 6 Servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1 lb. butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 16 oz. pasta shape of your choice
  • 16 oz. spicy chicken Italian sausage, removed from casings
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup minced shallot
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups loosely packed baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 sage leaves, sliced thin
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add butternut squash and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Remove squash with a slotted spoon and place in a blender or food processor, blend until smooth - keeping water boiling.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 paper towel-lined plate.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and melt the butter, sauté the shallots and garlic until soft and golden, about 5 minutes. Add pureed butternut squash, season with with salt and fresh cracked pepper and add a little of the reserved pasta water to thin out the sauce to your liking. Add baby spinach and stir in Parmesan cheese and sage.
  5. Toss in cooked pasta and sausage and mix until well coated.
  6. Serve with additional Parmesan cheese on the side if desired.

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Pasta with Butternut Sauce

Post updated 11/29/2023, photo above is the original.

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Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) December 21, 2012 - 9:47 am

What I could give for a hot plate of this right now! It looks like the perfect winter comfort food!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers December 20, 2012 - 6:08 pm

Yummy Erin! I love butternut squash sauce! What a great recipe!!!

Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray December 20, 2012 - 3:34 pm

My boyfriend and I made this a few weeks ago–it was SO good!

Coffee and Crumpets December 20, 2012 - 3:07 pm

What a cute blog you have! I do the same thing…only cook with pumpkin and butternut in the winter time. Well maybe it’s a seasonal thing and that’s when our body crave it? I don’t know.

This pasta dish looks colourful, festive and delicious.

Happy Holidays!



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