butternut squash and sausage baked pasta
The first thing I am supposed to say about this recipe is that is came from my amazing mother. (She told me I have to say that…but really she is amazing). She made this for dinner for us a few weeks ago because she had a jar of butternut squash pasta sauce in her pantry and was trying to come up with something to do with it. And I have to say, the result was probably one of my favorite baked pasta dishes ever because a) it is delicious and b) it is SO EASY to make (like I made almost the entire thing while Evelyn was eating her afternoon snack the other day).
While it is true that this blog started as a food blog when I was learning to cook and discovering that I loved to cook and collecting recipes, it has obviously become less and less about food recently and more about other things: life, motherhood, books, etc. But food is still important here because the truth is I love to cook, I love finding recipes that I love, and I love that this blog collects them all (for my own use if nothing else). And easy recipes like this one have become such a necessity in our house recently for so many different reasons, mostly having to do with time. In fact, when I have the time (ha) I’m thinking about creating an entire little section of easy dinner recipes and I don’t care if no one else in the world uses it. I need it.
And this recipe would, I think, be the first entry. Really the only cooking you have to do is boiling pasta and browning sausage. And while you could totally use your own homemade butternut squash pasta sauce (I’m sure there are some great recipes out there), store bought is totally delicious and totally fine (we love this jar we found at Target).