Penne Pasta with Sausage, Butternut Squash & Chard


Get dinner on the table even faster by using precubed butternut squash in this creamy pasta recipe. Found in the produce section of large grocery stores, the cut butternut is a little bigger than you need here, so you will have to do some chopping--but the peeling and gutting has been done for you. That means this easy healthy dinner takes just 35 minutes to prep. Score!

penne pasta with sausage, butternut squash & chard
Prep Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
9 cups


  • 8 ounces whole-wheat penne

  • 2 cups diced butternut squash (1/2-inch)

  • 4 cups lightly packed chopped chard

  • 1 cup diced smoked sausage

  • ½ cup finely chopped shallot

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups low-fat milk

  • 1 cup freshly grated pecorino cheese, plus more for serving

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

  • Crushed red pepper flakes for garnish


  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 2 minutes. Add squash and cook for 6 minutes. Add chard and cook until the pasta is tender, 1 to 2 minutes more. Drain and return to the pot.

  2. Meanwhile, combine sausage, shallot and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallot is soft, about 5 minutes. Add sage and sprinkle with flour; cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk in milk and cook, whisking occasionally, until the sauce starts to thicken, about 5 minutes. Stir in cheese, salt and nutmeg; cook until the cheese melts and the sauce is thick.

  3. Pour the sauce over the pasta mixture and stir to coat. Serve topped with more cheese and pepper flakes, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

340 Calories
13g Fat
42g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 340
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 13g 26%
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 37%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Vitamin A 6188IU 124%
Vitamin C 11mg 12%
Folate 22mcg 5%
Sodium 678mg 29%
Calcium 145mg 11%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 34mg 8%
Potassium 429mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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