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Pasta with Spicy Butternut Chicken Sausage Sauce and Baby Spinach

Pasta with Spicy Butternut Chicken Sausage Sauce and Baby Spinach

When planning out healthy meals that will taste good and be fun for the whole family you definitely need to try this Pasta with Spicy Butternut Chicken Sausage Sauce with Baby Spinach.  Not only does it make a great dinner, but it also gets you two servings of vegetables, a lean protein and healthy fats.

Pasta with Spicy Butternut Chicken Sausage Sauce and Baby Spinach

Ingredients:
11 oz Ground Spicy Chicken Italian Sausage
1 lb Butternut squash, peeled and diced
1 tbsp Coconut oil
10 oz Quinoa pasta, or pasta of your choice
1/4 cup Shallots, minced
3 cloves Garlic, minced
2 cups Baby spinach, roughly chopped
1-2 cups Chopped Tomatoes
2 tbsp Fresh shaved Parmesan cheese
4 Sage leaves, sliced thin
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Pasta with Spicy Butternut Chicken Sausage Sauce and Baby Spinach

Directions:

    • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add butternut squash and cook until soft. Remove squash with a slotted spoon and place in a blender, blend until smooth.
    • Add pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package directions for al dente, reserving at least 1 cup of the pasta water before draining.
    • Meanwhile, in a large deep non-stick skillet, sauté sausage over medium heat until browned, breaking up with a spoon as it cooks. When cooked through, set aside on a plate.
    • Reduce heat to medium-low add coconut oil, sauté the shallots and garlic until soft and golden, about 5 – 6 minutes. Add pureed butternut squash, season with with salt and fresh cracked pepper and add a little of the reserved pasta water (I used about 1 cup) to thin out the sauce to your liking.
    • Fold in baby spinach, chopped tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and sage.
    • Toss in cooked pasta and sausage and mix until well coated.
    • Serve with additional Parmesan cheese on the side if desired.

This Pasta with Spicy Butternut Chicken Sausage Sauce and Baby Spinach Makes about 6 serving.

Pasta with Spicy Butternut Chicken Sausage and Baby Spinach Nutrition Information per 1 cup serving:

  • Calories: 362
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Carb: 55 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 20 g
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 419 mg (without salt)

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