Creamy Butternut Squash Bucatini with Sausage

Hello Fall!  We love all things seasonal, warm and cozy!  This creamy pasta is easy, flavorful and fast!  Great for a chilly night and for family dinner.

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Creamy Butternut Squash Bucatini with Sausage

Course: Main Course
Keyword: Seasonal Favorites, Weeknight Meals
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Denise


  • 1 lb butternut squash peeled, seeds removed and diced into 1” squares
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 leek rinsed and diced
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground sage
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups baby spinach long stems removed
  • 1 lb bucatini

To serve:

  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese grated


  • Heat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Spread squash on a baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt.  Use hands to toss and evenly coat.  Bake for 25 minutes or until fork tender.
  • In a blender, combine cooked butternut squash and heavy cream.  Process until smooth.  Set aside.  Note, this may be a touch thick but we will thin it out with some pasta water.
  • Heat a large stockpot with water and generously salt.  Bring to a boil.  Once boiling, add noodles.  Cook 7-8 minutes or until al dente.
  • While noodles are cooking, prepare sauce.  Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add leeks, shallot and garlic.  Cook 3-4 minutes or until starting soften.  Add Italian sausage.  Break up into pieces and cook to lightly brown.  Add salt, pepper, oregano, sage and red pepper flakes.  Mix to combine.  Cook 7-8 minutes.
  • Add butternut squash sauce mixture to pan.  Mix to combine.  Add spinach.  Once you add pasta, spinach will slightly wilt.
  • Once pasta is cooked, use tongs to remove from water and add directly to pan.  Do not drain.  Use tongs to slightly toss.  Sauce may be slightly thick so add 1/4 cup pasta water if needed to thin.  Mix well.
  • To serve, drizzle with olive oil and grate with fresh Parmesan.


Serves 4-6
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