PASTA WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH SAUCE, SPICY SAUSAGE AND BABY SPINACH From Erika
I double (at least!) the spinach in this recipe!
Ingredients 11oz4 links spicy chicken Italian sausage 1lbbutternut squash, peeled and diced 1tbspwhipped butter 10ozpasta, wheat or gluten-free 1/4cupshallots, minced 3clovesgarlic, minced 2cupsbaby spinach, roughly chopped 2tbspfresh shaved parmesan cheese 4sage leaves, sliced thin Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Directions 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.