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Butternut Squash and Sausage Pasta – The Lemon Bowl®


Butternut squash and sausage pasta is cooked with garlic and olive oil, while being tossed with wilted kale and nutty parmesan cheese.

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Pasta night is always a hit at our house, especially with my Italian husband who is all about that delicious carb life. So, whenever I want to make my boys’ taste buds dance, I whip up a pasta dish that never fails to impress.

Today, I’m excited to share with you a mouthwatering recipe that combines the rich flavors of roasted butternut squash, savory sausage, and slightly bitter kale. With winter squash overflowing at the farmers market, it’s the perfect time to give this hearty Butternut Squash and Sausage Pasta a try. Trust me, it’s a winning combination that will satisfy any pasta lover’s cravings.


Roasted Butternut Squash Sausage and Kale Pasta ingredients
  • Pasta: I prefer to use a smaller pasta like farfalle, orechiette, or penne for this dish as it coats well in the sauce and makes for easy bites with all the flavors.
  • Butternut squash: Slightly sweet and nutty, it roasts and caramelizes to a delicious taste and creamy texture.
  • Olive oil: Helps to evenly cook the squash, sausage, and kale.
  • Italian sausage: Sometimes I want an extra kick of heat and will grab the spicy Italian sausage, but you could make this with mild or even sweet sausage.
  • Garlic: Pungent and aromatic and a classic flavor in many cuisines, including Italian.
  • Kale: While it can be slightly bitter, cooking kale removes some of that bitterness and strengthens its somewhat earthy taste.
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano: A delicious hard cheese that is somewhat salty and nutty in flavor.
  • Parsley: An earthy, peppery, fresh herb that is the perfect finishing touch to the dish.

How to Make Roasted Butternut Squash and Sausage Pasta

Honey Chipotle Butternut Squash on sheet pan

Start your roasted butternut squash and sausage pasta by seasoning your butternut squash with some salt and pepper and drizzling with olive oil. Then toss in the oven at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes. While squash is roasting, cook your pasta according to package instructions. Reserve about a cup of the water, drain, and set aside.

Browning sausage

Next sauté your Italian sausage in the bottom of a large pot over medium-high heat, crumbling with a wooden spoon as it browns. Stir in the grated garlic until aromatic. Use the reserved pasta water to deglaze the pan, scraping up all the yummy browned bits off the bottom of the pot.

Adding kale to pot

Add the chopped kale and some more olive oil, and cook until kale is wilted and bright green.

Cooking squash and kale

Then add in the roasted butternut squash.

Adding pasta and cheese to pot

Followed by the cooked pasta, parmesan cheese, and minced parsley. Stir until fully combined and heated through. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

Forkful of Roasted Butternut Squash Sausage and Kale Pasta

Garnish with additional parmesan cheese and fresh parsley, serve, and enjoy your Roasted Butternut Squash and Sausage Pasta!

Easy Substitutions

  • No butternut squash? No problem! Use acorn or delicata squash.
  • Switch out the kale. Instead of kale, you can use any other leafy green like spinach, swiss chard, or even cabbage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is butternut squash a carb or a vegetable?

It’s a vegetable, but it also has more carbohydrates than green vegetables like broccoli or leafy greens.

Do you have to peel butternut squash before cooking?

No you don’t! It’s totally a preference thing. You can peel it before cooking, or leave it on.

Can you cube butternut squash ahead of time?

Yes you can! For meal prepping, you can prepare the butternut squash up to 5 days in advance. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

Roasted Butternut Squash Sausage and Kale Pasta

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Liz eating sausage and butternut squash pasta.

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Butternut Squash and Sausage Pasta

Butternut squash is roasted until caramelized then tossed with sautéed Italian sausage, kale and whole wheat orecchiette pasta.

PREP: 20 minutes

COOK: 45 minutes

TOTAL: 1 hour 5 minutes

Servings: 8

  • 1 pound DeLallo whole wheat orecchiette pasta
  • 4 cups medium butternut squash (cubed)
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 1 teaspoons salt (divided)
  • ½ teaspoon pepper (divided)
  • 6 links Italian sausage (sweet or spicy)
  • 3 cloves garlic (grated)
  • 4 cups kale (roughly torn)
  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • ¼ cup minced parsley
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil.

  • Place butternut squash cubes in a resealable plastic bag and coat with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Toss well and scatter in a single layer on prepared baking sheet.

  • Roast squash until tender and golden brown, about 25-30 minutes, tossing once halfway through.

  • While squash is roasting, prepare orecchiette pasta according to package instructions reserving 1 cup of the starchy cooking liquid; set pasta and cooking liquid aside.

  • Heat a large, deep pan over medium-high heat and coat with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.

  • Remove sausage from casings and add to pan. Use a large wooden spoon to break up the sausage and begin browning the meat.

  • Stir in grated garlic when sausage is about halfway cooked through. Continue to cook until sausage is cooked through, stirring frequently, about 7-9 minutes.

  • Add reserved starchy cooking liquid and use a wooden spoon to deglaze brown bits from bottom of the pan.

  • Stir in torn kale and remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook until kale is bright green, about 2-3 minutes.

  • Toss in roasted butternut squash, cooked pasta, Parmigiano-Reggiano and minced parsley. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

  • Garnish with additional fresh minced parsley and grated Parmigiano-Reggiano if you wish.

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Calories: 459kcalCarbohydrates: 47.6gProtein: 20.5gFat: 23.5gSaturated Fat: 6.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 812mgFiber: 8.1gSugar: 2.6g

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