Thursday, September 30, 2010

Delicata Squash, Fried Sage, and Chicken Sausage Pasta

This was one of those dishes that just smelled so good while it cooked. My husband did not like the texture combination of squash and pasta. I really enjoyed the fall dish.

Tuesday Menu – Delicata Squash, Fried Sage and Chicken Sausage Pasta, Salad
Farm Share Produce – Delicata Squash, Salad Mix, Tomatoes, Carrots
Other Local Produce – Sage from our garden

Delicata Squash, Fried Sage, and Chicken Sausage Pasta
Based on

8 oz. penne
1 T olive oil
8 sage leaves
4 links of chicken sausage, Italian style, sliced
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 Delicata Squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
Salt and Pepper
Parmesan for sprinkling
Cook penne as directed on package. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup cooking water. Reserve pasta.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry sage, turning once, until crisp on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a paper towel.
Add onion and garlic to skillet. Cook, stirring frequently, until soft and golden, about 3 minutes. Add sausage slices to the pan and brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes. Add squash, 3/4 cup water, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until squash softens, about 15 minutes.
Add reserved pasta to squash mixture; stir over low heat, adding some reserved cooking water if necessary, until pasta is coated, about 1 minute. Serve, garnished with cheese and sage.

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