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!

Carolyn Malcoun
Source: EatingWell Magazine, October 2019


Recipe Summary

35 mins
35 mins


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  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Nutrition Facts

340 calories; protein 13.2g; carbohydrates 42.1g; dietary fiber 5.5g; sugars 7.3g; fat 12.9g; saturated fat 7.3g; cholesterol 35.2mg; vitamin a iu 6188.4IU; vitamin c 11mg; folate 21.8mcg; calcium 145.3mg; iron 2.5mg; magnesium 34.3mg; potassium 429mg; sodium 678mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
Guilty of not following recipe exactly. Seemed like squash would be bland so I rolled in EVOO with salt and pepper then roasted in oven until just browning. Had kale on hand softened it by slicing then boiling until just tender. I had to use more milk as sauce was thickening quickly. Forgot to add the nutmeg but that did not matter. Easy and great warm meal. Go for it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Had to make some substitutions to use what was in the pantry/fridge: kale blend instead of just chard, whole wheat elbow mac instead of penne, romano/asiago/parm blend instead of the one called for. This was a DELICIOUS meal. Next time I will increase the kale blend as well as the sausage; both by half, at least. Yummy!! Read More