Easy One-Pot Butternut Squash and Sausage Pasta Recipe

One pot meals make for quick, easy, and affordable cooking. This One Pot Butternut Squash and Sausage Pasta recipe uses a minimal amount of basic ingredients and only requires about 30 minutes of cook time. For a comforting yet healthful meal, this pasta is a real winner!

Two plates of butternut squash and sausage pasta One Pot Butternut Squash and Sausage Pasta recipe Image Credit: Julia Mueller

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Things You\’ll Need

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • ½ yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • ½ butternut squash, peeled and chopped (about 3 cups)

  • 4 ½ cups low-sodium chicken broth

  • ¼ cup dry white wine

  • 1(12-ounce) package penne pasta

  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt

  • 1 (12-ounce) package pre-cooked chicken Italian sausage, sliced

  • 5 ounces baby spinach

  • 1 ½ cups Gruyere or Parmesan cheese, grated


  • Be sure to use pre-cooked sausage to keep the recipe simple and also eliminate any need for another pan for cooking.
  • Use any type of cheese in this recipe – Parmesan, Gruyere, or Gouda are recommended.
  • Replace the butternut squash with any winter squash or even sweet potato.
  • Substitute kale for spinach.
  • Make this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free penne noodles.

Step 1: Cook the Vegetables

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high, and add the chopped onion. Saute, stirring frequently, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the butternut squash and garlic and cover. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally for 3 minutes.

Step 2: Add the Liquid and Pasta

Add the broth, white wine, Italian seasoning and sea salt to the pot with the veggies and bring to a full boil. Add the pasta and return to a boil. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 12 to 14 minutes.

Step 3: Add the Spinach, Sausage, and Cheese

Once much of the liquid has been absorbed by the noodles, add the spinach and sliced pre-cooked sausage, and gently stir into the pasta until wilted.

pot of pasta with butternut squash, spinach, and sausage one pot butternut squash and sausage pasta Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Add the grated cheese and gently stir into the pasta until the cheese has melted and a thick, creamy sauce results.

Adding cheese to a pot of pasta Add the cheese to form a creamy sauce Image Credit: Julia Mueller

Step 4: Serve!

Taste the pasta for flavor and if necessary, add more sea salt and any fresh herbs if desired. Serve heaping plates with freshly grated Parmesan and enjoy.

Finished pot of butternut squash and sausage pasta One-Pot Butternut Squash and Sausage Pasta Image Credit: Julia Mueller

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