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Butternut squash and kale pasta…because, screw pumpkins

Butternut squash is like the ugly friend a pumpkin brings to parties to feel more pretty. Except that it is not ugly…it is f’ing delicious. And when you just can’t pumpkin the shit out of anything anymore, try using this squash in a dish. You’ll be glad you did.

I made this pasta dish up literally because I had a bag of kale I was intending on eating in salads all week, but I mean, salads…f— that, and I had one sad link of Italian sausage in my freezer (my family has been on a eat-out-of-the-freezer kick for the better part of a month now, so this sausage needed to go).

I was all about to use pumpkin and soon realized I didn’t have any. Sigh…so i ran to the store. And when i walked in there was an awesome display of squashes – like a million kinds. And I was all like, “screw pumpkin already, lets do squash this time.” So I grabbed a giant awkwardly shaped butternut squash and continued through the produce section…when I came upon the bags of ready-to-use, already peeled and chopped bags of vegetables. Now, I usually whisk right past this section of the store, but there was this nice lil bag of perfectly cut, perfectly peeled butternut squash, and I looked at the gigantic whole squash in my cart…and then I took that out and put the bag in. I have long been opposed to buying the bags of ready-to-use….I have always felt like it was betraying my craft or something. But, seriously…my craft – wtf do I think I am?? I don’t have a craft, I am not Paul Bocuse, I am me and I do not give a shit about my craft when it comes to peeling and chopping a big awkward squash for a quick and simple pasta dish. Get the f–k over yourself, and just like that, I was over myself. I opened the bag of butternut squash and threw them on a sheet pan with a little olive oil and salt and pepper and BOOM. Done. Like a genius – who is not Paul Bocusse or Joel Robuchon or whatever…

Bottom line…use the ready made if you want, don’t if you have a craft and something to prove. Whichever way you go, this is a great fall pasta dish and you should make it. xoxo


Butternut squash, kale and sausage pasta

Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • One bag of ready-to-use butternut squash
  • one bag of chopped kale
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Spicy Italian sausage
  • Red pepper flakes
  • one box of penne or cavatelli or whatever kind of short pasta you like cooked according to the package
  • 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water
  • chopped fresh sage


  1. Preheat the oven to 425. On a sheet pan toss the butternut squash and kale in olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast in oven until crisp is wilted and softened and the butternut squash is cooked through, roughly 30 minutes.
  2. Crumble and brown the Italian sausage in a large saute pan until crispy. Leave in the pan until the pasta is done. When the pasta is cooked, add to the pan with sausage along with two tablespoons of olive oil and the half teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Toss thoroughly and add the half cup of pasta water. If your pan is large enough, add the roasted vegetables to the pan and toss together. if it is not large enough put pasta and sausage in a large bowl and add the roasted vegetables and toss to combine. Add the fresh sage and some Parmesan to finish.


  1. What a fun pasta dish! I love me some butternut squash and it works perfectly with the spicy Italian sausage!

  2. I love how full of fall flavor this dish is! AND it looks easy enough to make during the week for a quick meal. I’m in!

  3. We love butternut squash here! We have it weekly through the fall and winter! This will be a fun dish for pasta night! Thank you!

  4. I love your website! Butternut squash is one of our favorites to eat…and you can never go wrong with pasta 😉 This recipe looks great. Looking forward to trying it!

  5. I absolutely love all these flavors together! I’m gonna have to try this 🙂 Yummm, thanks for sharing

  6. I love the color and the texture in this recipe. Everything looks so gorgeous!

  7. Yum, this looks amazing! I love butternut squash too and I’ve been using it almost everyday. This is a must-try.

  8. What a great way to enjoy Butternut Squash with that delicious Italian Sausage! Perfect meal for a busy weeknight!

  9. I don’t know what’s better, the recipe itself or the story behind the recipe. You made me laugh out loud! Can’t wait to try this, it looks delish!

  10. I love butternut squash! This looks so easy and flavorful. Pumpkin’s ugly friend at a party, lol 🙂

  11. first of all, the title . . lol. yes, enough with the pumpkin, lets try some other flavors . . and this sounds and looks delish! thanks for sharing

  12. this looks so delicious. i am totally making this. not only does it look tasty it seems super hearty

  13. I am over the pumpkin recipes so this is perfect! I love your opening line about the ugly friend pumpkins bring to the party!!

  14. Pasta with spicy Italian sausage totally reminds me of my mom’s cooking growing up — so comfort food yummy!

  15. How amazing does this look? Love all that squash and kale in there.

  16. I prefer butternut squash over pumpkin in savory dishes any day (I like pumpkin better in baked/sweet recipes). This pasta looks so yummy! I love all of that kale in there and the protein-rich sausage too. Yum!

  17. I love this pasta dish! It’s beautiful, it’s colorful, and not to mention it has butternut squash, which is one of my favorites. Great recipe!!!!

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