Butternut Squash Linguine Pasta is filled with whole wheat pasta, sweet Italian turkey sausage, kale, butternut squash and brought together with creamy gruyere cheese! A perfect fall dinner.
You know what I have decided?
Having a giant bowl of creamy, velvety pasta within arms reach while being home alone is an awful idea…I mean. My self-control for all things sweets is at an all-time low.
Rock bottom I tell ya.
So it turns out, I am turning into quite the pasta lover. Growing up, I never had a thing for it. Shocker, I know! Maybe it was because my mother never really served pasta dishes? But it turns out my taste buds have quite a hankering for pasta mixed with sweet Italian sausage, velvety butternut squash and smothered in nutty gruyere cheese. Not a bad thing for sure.
This dish is exactly what fall should taste like and another reason why I am loving pasta dishes as of late. It starts with whole wheat linguine, which I love for its nutty, wholesome texture. I love adding flavor in every layer, and this is another way for me to add it. Then we add another layer, which happens to be one of my favorite meats. Sweet Italian Sausage. So much flavor. Savory with a bit of sweetness. I love it here and here. And now, here in this pasta!
But I believe the real star here is the butternut squash. It is the star of fall if you ask me. And is extremely versatile. While you can never go wrong with just caramelizing it, my newest obsession is in pasta. It’s filling, hearty and adds a creaminess to the pasta despite no cream or an obscene amount of cheese being added. As the squash cooks, the starches start to break down in the pan. So when you add the remaining ingredients, along with a bit of the pasta water and gruyere cheese, those three combined help to create a velvety sauce! Oh so dreamy.
And I have to mention my secret ingredient here. It is the same reason why I have an extreme love this sweet potato dish. Any guesses on what it is? Vanilla Extract. Yup. It heightens the flavor of the butternut squash and elevates the savoriness of the dish without overpowering any flavor.
Now excuse me while I go sneak a few more bites of pasta…
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