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Bowl of pasta with vodka sauce, oregano, and croutons on top.
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Spicy Sausage Squash Pasta with Vodka Sauce

Butternut squash vodka sauce with spicy Italian sausage, tossed with pasta and topped with homemade rustic croutons.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: creamy sausage pasta, penne alla vodka with sausage
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 465kcal
Author: Erin
Cost: $7


  • 12 ounces penne pasta, dry or other short cut pasta
  • ½ pound hot Italian ground sausage or mild
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups diced butternut squash frozen or fresh; see recipe notes for substitutions
  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock or broth
  • 1 cup vodka any brand
  • 15 oz can, diced tomatoes or peeled whole tomatoes in juice, undrained, unseasoned
  • ½ cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 1 tablespoon oregeno fresh or dried

Rustic Croutons

  • Stale or leftover bread torn into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste


You can substitute the butternut squash with sweet potato, winter squash, pumpkin, or a variety of other starchy, sweet root vegetables. Be sure to peel and rinse. 


Serving: 1g | Calories: 465kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 433mg | Potassium: 691mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 5449IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 3mg