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One-pan butternut squash sausage pasta, a cheap and easy dinner recipe that can please the whole family. A delicious alternative to the good old pasta with tomato sauce.

One-pan butternut squash sausage pasta, a cheap and easy dinner recipe that can please the whole family. A plate full of goodness.

One-pan butternut squash sausage pasta

As a mum of two little girls, one fussy, and another one not quite fussy yet, I make sure that pasta never misses from my pantry. It always makes an excellent last minute meal, and saves the day when I have no idea what else to put on the table.

For a food blogger, you would think that running out of ideas shouldn’t be the case. Well, believe me or not, that’s one of the first thoughts I have in the (very early) morning: what else can I cook for them today?

It wouldn’t be such a struggle had my toddler been less of a fussy pants. But, as it happens, she rarely digs in and eats happily whatever is on her plate. If you have a toddler who fusses over food, please tell me I am not alone!

But, wait!!! What can you see in the photo below? The little hand strikes again!!!

One-pan butternut squash sausage pasta- toddler's little hands is stealing pasta from the pan while mummy is taking a photo of the food

One-pan butternut squash sausage pasta

Guess who woke up from her nap and was trying to steal the food while mummy was right in the middle of the photoshooting? Yep, my cheeky little monkey Amy. To my total surprise, she ate like never before, a big massive portion, straight from the pan, with her little hands, no cutlery, no nonsense.

I guess it was the forbidden fruit, just because mummy said no to touch the food while photos were being taken. Maybe I should change my strategy with her and say don’t eat instead of please have your food, who knows, she might actually eat better.

Anyway, I was more than pleased that she approved of my food. Her little sister had some too, but then she is the easier one, always happy to eat whatever mummy feeds her. One thing I make sure is that the baby does not get salty or sugary stuff before one. After that, that’s a (slightly) different story.

I might give in with the toddler, but even with her, I try to limit as much as I can the amount of sugar and salt that goes into her little tummy. Until she can make decisions for herself regarding eating habits, I am totally responsible of what she eats.

One-pan butternut squash sausage pasta, step by step instructions on how to cook it, from frying the sausages, to adding the vegetables. pasta and cheese.

One-pan butternut squash sausage pasta

So, what’s with the butternut squash and sausage pasta that made the toddler eat so well? It’s a delicious combination of sweet butternut squash, cooked until mushy to form a sauce, cheesy goodness, yummy sausages, lots of parsley, and pasta, all cooked in the same pot.

I must have moaned before how much I hate cleaning the kitchen. One of these days I will take a photo with the mess I leave behind while I cook, it’s a complete disaster. I know that I am not making myself any favour, since there will be even more to clean afterwards.

So, having to clean only one pan after cooking, and not tens, well, that’s heaven! You can use any sausage you like, pork, chicken, turkey, or even the vegetarian or vegan options would work well here. As for the butternut squash, you can either use fresh or frozen.

I had a bag of frozen butternut squash pieces, so all I had to do is boil them for about 5 minutes in hot water, then cut them up in cubes, and add them to the pan. Since that pasta takes about 20 minutes or so to cook, the butternut squash becomes mushy, making it the most delicious sauce. Do give it a go!

One-pan butternut squash sausage pasta in a non-stick skillet, a hearty dinner for the whole family.

One-pan butternut squash sausage pasta

More pasta dishes to enjoy with the family:

Salmon alfredo pasta with dill

Chicken alfredo penne pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach

Clean-eating lean turkey spaghetti bolognese

Garlic prawn spaghetti with spinach and ginger

 

5 from 2 votes
One-pan butternut squash sausage pasta, a cheap and easy family dinner. A few simple ingredients can go a long way.
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One-pan butternut squash sausage pasta
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

One-pan butternut squash sausage pasta, a cheap and easy dinner recipe to please the whole family. It might be simple, but it's so flavourful and hearty.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: International
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 508 kcal
Author: Daniela Anderson
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fusilli pasta
  • 400 g sausages
  • 1 cup cubed butternut squash
  • 1 spring onion
  • 3 cups low-salt vegetable stock (broth)
  • 2 tbsp freshly-chopped parsley
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Slice the sausages, add the olive oil to a pan and fry the sausages for about 5 minutes until cooked through.

  2. Cut the spring onions and add them to the pan together with the butternut squash. 

  3. Give it a good stir, then add the pasta and the vegetable stock, and cook with the lid on for about 20 minutes until the pasta is cooked and the liquid is nearly evaporated. Stir a few times while it cooks,

  4. Add the cheese, season with black pepper, give it a good stir, then add the chopped parsley and remove from the heat.

  5. Serve hot!

Recipe Notes

You can use any kind of sausages, pork, chicken, turkey, vegetarian or vegan.

I opted for a low-salt vegetable stock as the sausages added enough flavour and salt to the dish, so there was no need for added salt. Feel free to add more if you like.

Nutrition Facts
One-pan butternut squash sausage pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 508 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 49%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 1433mg 60%
Potassium 462mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 90%
Vitamin C 13.5%
Calcium 13.7%
Iron 10.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Adina
    October 18, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    So it gets better as they grow up. They would still not eat everything (vegetables are still an issue) but at least they are trying, even if it’s a little bit and if I serve them one type of veggie several times in a shorter period of time they actually stop fussing about it so much. šŸ™‚ Both my kids would absolutely love this pasta dish, provided I mash the pumpkin a little bit so that they don’t actually see the pieces… Pumpkin only bothers them in rougher format, if it’s mashed they don’t mind it at all. Go figure! šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Daniela Anderson
      October 18, 2017 at 11:50 pm

      Thank you, it’s reassuring to know things get better. I really struggle to come up with recipes that my daughter will eat. Good to know things might change later on šŸ™‚

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