Italian Sausage and Squash Pasta

Italian Sausage and Winter Squash PastaThis pasta is subtle but very tasty, and gives you a good amount of vitamins.

12 ounces whole wheat pasta
1 lb Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
2 tablespoons olive oil (optional)
4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup butternut squash or acorn squash, pureed
1/2 cup fat-free evaporated milk
1/2 cup fat free chicken broth
salt and pepper
fresh parmesan cheese (optional)
  1. If you have fresh squash, cut it it half and place cut side down in a microwave safe container. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 14 minutes or until soft. Remove seeds and stringy part and then separate squash from shell. Puree the squash.
  2. Meanwhile, boil pasta according to package directions, then strain.
  3. Brown sausage in skillet with onion, garlic and olive oil. You may leave out olive oil if sausage has it’s own juices.
  4. Add rest of ingredients, stir, and simmer for 5 minutes, then serve over pasta. Add parmesan on top, if you’re feeling decadent.

6 servings.  Each serving contains: 359 cals, 7.6 g fat, 40 mg cholesterol, 1.7 g fiber, 22 g protein, 53% Vit A, 26% B6, 50% Vit C, 12% Calcium, 29% Magnesium, 54% Iron, 6% B12