Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Recipe -
Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage Recipe

Pasta with Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage

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"Excellent pasta dish. Different from the norm with turkey sausage, roasted butternut squash, balsamic vinegar, and sage."

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    55 mins

    1 hr 5 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat a roasting pan with the olive oil. Place the squash and onion in the pan, and season with salt and pepper. Roast 30 minutes, or until squash is tender.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place penne pasta in the pot, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
  3. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the turkey sausage until evenly brown. Transfer the cooked squash and onion and the cooked pasta to the skillet. 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.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 03, 2006

This turned out to be a REALLY good recipe! A few pointers so you can avoid the dogfood look another reader mentioned. 1) Don't turn the squash more than you have to. Once in the roasting pan and once after you add cream to the saucepan will keep it from going mushy. 2) A little butter and a crushed clove of garlic added to the roasting pan deepens the flavor. 3) Don't let the cream fritter away in the saucepan or the squash/sausage mix will turn to stew and you won't have enough sauce for the penne. 4) You might not even need the pasta - the mix is that good. This is a very tasty, restaurant-quality recipe and the slight drizzle of balsamico adds subtle sparkle to the flavor. An Excellent dish - I'll make it again and again.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 04, 2005

This recipe bombed. My child and husband hated it. I'm not a very big fan of sage in food other than dressing anyway but this dish was bland and had no taste. After a couple of bites, I had to throw the entire meal out. Trust me, this one's bad!

Nov 28, 2007

I customized, I roasted the squash for about 45 minutes to give it those nice carmelized edges. I omited the sage completely. I used milk and a touch of cornstarch instead of cream. AND I added a skant 1/4 cup parmasean cheese. I loved it and it made enough for leftovers for lunch.

Mar 27, 2008

I made some modifications, but the basic idea is great and I'll be making this one again! I roasted the squash w/ olive oil, sage, a tbls of butter and a bit of chicken stock. We had neither sausage nor balsamic vinegar, but we had chicken breasts and vinaigrette salad dressing, so I baked the chicken w/ the vinaigrette and it came out super tender and tasty. I chopped that up, tossed it and the squash together w/ the pasta, a splash of milk (no cream in the house, and we didn't want a heavy meal) and some parmesan cheese. It was divine!

Oct 31, 2008

I used this recipe as a guide, but changed a few things based on reading other's reviews. I added about 5 cloves of garlic to the cookie sheet before roasting the squash. While the squash and garlic were roasting, I caramelized 1 medium onion in about 2 tbsp of butter. Please note that I omitted the balsamic vinegar completely from this recipe, but I did use dried sage, since I didn’t have fresh on hand. After the turkey sausage was completely cooked, I kept the flame on medium-low and added the caramelized onions to the pan, then added about ¾ cup of chicken broth, ¼ cup half and half, ¼ cup of fresh, grated parmesan and Romano cheese, and a dash of dried rosemary. I stirred this quite frequently. When the squash and garlic were done I added them to the sausage and onion mixture, being careful not to stir too vigorously so the squash cubes would remain intact. I used fresh linguine instead of penne, and as soon as the pasta was cooked, I drained it and poured the sausage mixture over it in a wide pasta bowl. For a finishing touch, I tore bits of fresh basil and tossed it on top. My husband and 7 year daughter devoured it! Take a look at my photo of this lovely dish! It was very flavorful. I may make it again using pork sausage!

Mar 10, 2008

This was just divine. I made a couple of alterations. i used skim milk instead of the cream to cut down the fat and added some diced up summer squash to the sauce as I had some I wanted to use up. I did forget to add the balsamic vinegar to my portion last night but I will remember to do that for the leftovers. Oh yes, I didn't have sausage so I used chicken breast. I really want to try this sometime when I can get my hands on some fresh sage. I looked in the store and there was none to be found

Oct 29, 2008

we love this! I used sweet Italian sausage ( cubed 1/2 in). Instead of roasting the squash ( also cubed 1/2 in.) and onion I sauteed them on med. high heat in a little olive oil, and in the same pan as I cooked the sausage. They carmelized nicely and the squash held its shape well.I also added some fresh sage to the sautee. After adding the half & half, more fresh sage, and a sbout a 1//3 cup fresh Parmesan cheese I let the sauce sit while the pasta cooked to blend the flavors. It was a great hit with the whole family.

Feb 07, 2008

My daughter made this today. She used ground turkey burger in place of the turkey sausage. She also used some (not the 2 tsp.) poultry seasoning (did not have any sage) and left out the vinegar. She made it lighter using skim milk in place of the cream. She will definately be making this again! Great recipe!!!


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  • Calories
  • 481 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 57.2 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol
  • 63 mg
  • 21%
  • Fat
  • 19.4 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 4.4 g
  • 18%
  • Protein
  • 20.3 g
  • 41%
  • Sodium
  • 484 mg
  • 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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