Butternut squash, sausage and sage pasta

    1 hour 5 min

    This is a delicious and hearty pasta dish. It has the perfect combination of flavours and textures. Roasted butternut squash is tossed with turkey sausage, sage and pasta. Use pork sausage if desired.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 235g cubed butternut squash
    • 1 large onion, chopped
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 225g uncooked penne pasta
    • 225g turkey sausages, sliced
    • 4 tablespoons double cream
    • 2 teaspoons dried sage
    • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 3 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (optional)

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:55min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Coat a roasting tin with the olive oil. Place the squash and onion in the tin and season with salt and pepper. Roast 30 minutes or until squash is tender.
    2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Place penne pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente and drain.
    3. In a large frying pan over medium heat, cook the turkey sausages until evenly brown. Transfer the cooked squash and onion and the cooked pasta to the frying pan. Gradually pour in the cream. Season with sage. Continue cooking until heated through. Mix in garlic. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with balsamic vinegar to serve, if desired.


    Grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese would complement the flavours of this dish nicely. Add a generous sprinkling at the end, just before serving.
    Don't fancy sage? Dried thyme would work exceptionally well in its place.
    For a dish with more sauce, add a few tablespoons of chicken stock along with the cream. Or, use 4 tablespoons of chicken stock and 1 to 2 tablespoons of cream cheese instead.

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    Gorgeous! loved the butternut in pasta and all i did differently was use regular sausage, not turkey.  -  15 Nov 2012


    Really good idea this recipe. I substituted smoked pork sausage and left out the cream. i didn't fancy the vinegar but next time I'd either use a little or perhaps some lemon juice just to freshen up the flavours. A lovely way to use butternut squash and definitely to be recommended.  -  16 Apr 2015


    Beautiful recipe we made it for 2, halved the recipe but used 2 sausages each and had the full amount of cream as recipe suggests! Will be making it again!  -  17 Mar 2014