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!

One Pot Butternut Squash and Sausage Pasta recipe
Image Credit: Julia Mueller

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.

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.

Add the cheese to form a creamy sauce
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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.

One-Pot Butternut Squash and Sausage Pasta
Image Credit: Julia Mueller