Butternut Squash Pasta with Sausage & Goat Cheese

This Butternut Squash Pasta with Sausage & Goat Cheese is a favorite fall recipe! This comforting meal is creamy, cheesy, a little bit spicy, and easily devoured by the spoonful!

This post was originally published in November 2016. It was updated in 2021 to add new photographs and content. The original recipe remains the same. Enjoy! 

Who wants to join me in a big pasta and PJ’s party?

We’re talking comfort food, on the couch, with a good Rom Com. The perfect solution for cold nights. Last week, the movie It’s Complicated popped up on the TV. It’s been a long time and I forgot how much I loved that movie the first time around! It serves up a bit of romance, with twists and turns, and of course, the underdog that you’re hoping wins the girl at the end…

When you’ve got a great movie on the TV – Your food needs to be just as “dig in” worthy. This great recipe is just that.

It’s got al the fall flavors you crave. A creamy sauce, fresh herbs, winter squash. And the best part is this easy dinner will be on your table in 30 minutes!

Butternut Squash Pasta with Goat Cheese

It’s creamy, cheesy, a little bit spicy, and easily devoured by the spoonful. It’s a dish that’s low key and simple to make, but totally “share-worthy” too. This dish can impress some dinner guests, when we can actually have those again…

Close up of bowl of butternut pasta with fork.

How to Make Butternut Squash Pasta

  • Start by browning up some Italian sausage in a large skillet.
  • Then, add some flavor with sage leaves, nutmeg, allspice and red pepper flakes.
  • Let it cook away and coat that skillet with all those amazing flavors.
  • To that, we’ll add in the butternut squash, a pinch of salt and a bit of onion and garlic for good measure along with my favorite part – a splash of wine.
  • Then, let it all simmer away on medium-low heat while your pasta cooks up.

I’m using mini penne pasta in this recipe. I like the little penne, because you can grab a bit of pasta, a bit of squash and some of that yummy sausage all in one forkful. But feel free to use your favorite pasta here!

Tip: When that pasta is done cooking, be sure to reserve that starchy cooking liquid. The reserved pasta water is like liquid gold for thickening up pasta sauces and giving them extra flavor. We’ll add a cup of it to our sausage mixture, along with the cooked pasta and some fresh grated parmesan cheese. Let it all simmer together for a couple minutes and you’ll end up with the most dreamy, creamy butternut squash sauce

To top it all off, I’m adding some fresh parsley bring a bit of freshness to the dish, along with some fresh crumbled goat cheese.

Why?

  1. Because I’m a sucker for goat cheese.
  2. Because the tanginess of the cheese just goes so perfectly with the hint of sweetness in this pasta dish. Yum!
Hands holding bowl of creamy butternut squash pasta.

The last thing we can’t forget before we hop onto the couch with our bowl of pasta in hand and our movie cued up is that glass of wine.

I’m going with a glass of lightly oaked Chardonnay. With hints of spice and butter, it’s a good a match for this pasta as Steve Martin’s character is to Meryl Streep in It’s Complicated.

Are you an occasional couch eater like me? Sometimes it’s the best cure for a case of the rainy day blues…

Especially when it involves this Sausage & Butternut Squash Penne Pasta.

Variations:

  • Swap out the butternut squash for sweet potatoes.
  • Use whole wheat pasta in place of the regular variety.
  • Don’t like goat cheese? You could also use cream cheese or cheddar cheese.
  • Some browned up bacon would make a great addition!
  • Make it alcohol free by omitting the white wine and adding additional chicken stock.
Bowl of pasta with butternut squash pasta sauce.

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Wine Pairing for Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce:

  • Chardonnay – Look for a lightly oaked wine with some buttery notes.

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Butternut squash pasta in white bowl.

Butternut Squash Pasta with Sausage & Goat Cheese

This Butternut Squash Pasta with Sausage & Goat Cheese is the ultimate comfort food – Creamy, cheesy, a little bit spicy, and easily devoured by the spoonful!
3.75 from 55 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces mini penne pasta
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound mild bulk Italian sausage
  • 3 Tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound butternut squash (peeled, seeded and cut into ½-inch cubes)
  • 1 large onion (minced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or vermouth
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

Instructions

  • In a large, deep skillet, heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil, over medium-high. Add sausage and cook, breaking into large pieces with the back of a spoon. Add in sage, allspice, nutmeg and red pepper flakes. Cook until browned, about 6 minutes.
  • Add squash, onion, and garlic.. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 2-3 minutes. Add the white wine and cover. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the squash is tender, 18-20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of cooking water. Add pasta to the skillet with the squash and sausage, along with the reserved cooking liquid and parmesan cheese. Cook over medium-low heat until the sauce is thick and creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and crumbled goat cheese and serve immediately.
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Nutrition

Calories: 627kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 699mg | Potassium: 650mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 8559IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 3mg

23 thoughts on “Butternut Squash Pasta with Sausage & Goat Cheese”

  1. Tried this tonight! Sausage paired with sage and squash is one of my favorites. I was a bit concerned it wouldn’t be saucy enough, but it was deliciously perfect. I’ll definitely be making this again soon. Thank you 🙂

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  2. 5 stars
    This was very delicious! I don’t like goat cheese so I substituted it for extra parmesan and gruyere and it came out great. Thank you for sharing!

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  3. 2 stars
    Taststed great until I added the Goat Cheese. Sour tasting! I feel this may be better with Mozzarella, Gouda or even Jack Cheese.
    I am sorry i put the goat cheese in.
    Nobody likes it 😔

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  4. 5 stars
    Loved it so much! Maybe the other commenter had some bad goat cheese because for us, it made the dish. We also added some cinnamon along with the nutmeg and allspice. Sounds crazy, but was so so good!

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  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing. I had to make a few tweaks – first, I was apparently out of allspice, so I substituted a bit of pumpkin pie spice. Second, I was also serving this to my 10-month-old so I didn’t want to use wine, so I splashed in a bit of non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider, which was also delicious! But the offspring gobbled it up and squawked impatiently for seconds and even thirds – and to be honest, so did I. Like one of the other commenters, I was concerned for a second that it wouldn’t be saucy, but it really did make a nice creamy sauce just like Erin promised! This was my first recipe from Platings and Pairings, but I’ll be back for more!

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  6. I LOVE goat cheese and can’t eat cows milk cheese so I can’t wait to try this. My husband unfortunately hates goat cheese. I know some people mentioned some cheeses they substituted with but what would you recommend? Ideally I think something soft and creamy like the goats cheese would work well…but not sure what?

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    • Hi Helen! You could swap in cream cheese for the goat cheese. Or, you could try some cheddar or gruyere. Hope that helps! I’d love to hear how it turns out!

      Reply

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