Pasta with Butternut Sauce, Sausage, and Baby Spinach

I got this recipe from Gina’s Skinny Recipes at SkinnyTaste.com.  It would be so good with spicy sausage like she recommends, but I can’t find spicy sausage here in AQP.  If you are looking for a way to use a butternut squash, this is a great recipe for it.  I had a rather large squash (thanks to the generosity of my friend, Larissa) so I doubled the recipe.

Recipe for 5 servings (the AQP version):

  • 4 links of salchicha argentina
  • 1/2 k butternut squash, peeled and chopped
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 10 oz or 1 and a half 250 g bags of pasta
  • 1/4 c shallots (in Spanish “chalotes”)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 cups of baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbs freshly shaved parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp dried sage
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season

Just click the SkinnyTaste.com link at the top of the post for photos and the step-by-step directions.

Pasta with Butternut Sauce, Sausage, and Baby Spinach

Alfredo Sauce Pasta (my twist)

Chicken Alfredo is one of my favorite pasta dishes. Recently, as a mom that has nights when I really don’t feel like cooking, this has become one of my favorite one-dish meals to prepare. I took two recipes that I had saved and combined them. The easiest version I prepare just has bacon, but if I have time to add grilled chicken I do. It is multiple steps, and this is how it all goes down for me…

You will need:
half a stick of butter
1/2 cup of heavy cream
1 cup parmesan (real grated parmesan is the best)
1 package of frozen bacon
1 onion (diced and I always use red onion)
1/2 pound of pasta
generous handful of peas
large pot of boiling water
1 large grilled chicken breast (cut up)–optional

1. Take a package of frozen bacon and cut up into bite-size pieces (thanks for teaching me this trick, Deborah Bills!). Start frying in a skillet.

2. While bacon is frying, boil a pot of water in order to cook the pasta (bow-tie is actually my favorite for this dish). Also start melting the butter in an additional pot. Yes, that is three burners going at once.

3. When bacon is looking unfrozen and starting to cook, throw the cut onion in with it. When the water is boiling, put the pasta in with a generous handful of frozen peas (my pasta cooks for 16 minutes and I love using the boiling water to cook the peas at the same time).

4. When butter has melted, add cream, stir and turn off burner when mixture has thickened. Add half of the parmesan cheese to melt in the mixture.

5. When pasta is done, drain water from pot and add the crisped bacon and onion. Toss well. Next, add the cream mixture. After it is all looking yummified, add the other half of the parmesan cheese. Add your grilled chicken too if it wasn’t a crazy busy night. (My husband prefers to have the sauce doubled, but I don’t mind not having it drenched in butter.) Enjoy your one-dish meal!

Alfredo Sauce Pasta (my twist)