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Creamy Butternut Squash Fettucine Alfredo

Fettuccine in a creamy butternut squash Alfredo sauce. Comfort in a bowl.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil plus more as needed
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage casings removed
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups unsalted chicken broth
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 lb peeled butternut squash cut in 1" cubes
  • 1 lb 454 grams fettuccine
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • freshly ground black pepper for serving

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Heat oil in a heavy-bottomed pot or dutch oven over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until well browned and no longer pink inside.  Transfer to a bowl.
  • Add onion to same pot, along with another splash of oil if needed.  Sauté until translucent, then add garlic and cook a minute more.  Add chicken broth, salt and squash and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.  Cook, covered, until squash is very tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, add fettuccine to boiling water and cook 9 minutes or until al dente according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup of cooking water, then drain in a colander and return to the pasta pot.
  • Transfer squash mixture to blender along with cream and carefully process until very smooth (if your blender doesn't have steam vents, use an immersion blender instead, or else puree in two batches).  Pour over pasta and toss, adding reserved cooking water as needed to thin it out.  Add sausage and toss.  Serve topped with black pepper and Parmigiano-Reggiano.