Friday, September 2, 2011

Butternut Squash, Sausage, Sage & Pasta

This recipe called for penne pasta but given that I am a substitution queen, I used locally made Mangia Italia fresh red pepper and whole wheat radiatore pasta that I had on hand. The recipe also calls for ground sausage but I chose to use chicken smoked sausage which added a nice flavor. The seasonings are sage (I dried from a fresh bouquet that I got in my CSA last year), garlic (also local), salt, pepper, and a touch of crushed red pepper. The star of the show: this year’s local butternut squash. Winter squash is really easy to prepare if you prick with a fork and microwave for about 7 minutes to get soft. SUCH a worthwhile veg- I have to keep reminding my family. The butternut squash sautéed in olive oil, sage, garlic…the sausage browned, the pasta cooked until al dente…mixed together and dinner is on!

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