Sweet Sausage with Squash Pasta Bake

 It may not be purdy, but it is sho 'nuff mighty tasty...

Today I am short on words. You are welcome. You can go right to the recipe. It's not that I don't have anything to say, it's just that everything about this one has been said before, and that's okay.

This in not reinventing the wheel here folks. Every household has a recipe for a dish similar to this one so I am surely not gonna tell a tale and say 'Looky at what I came up with...'

This is just how I do it, my interpretation of it and maybe similar or perhaps far different to how you do it. I don't know, you'll just have to tell me.

Enjoy my version!

Sweet Sausage with Squash Pasta Bake

1/2 pound fettuccine
2 tablespoons butter
5 links Johnsonville Sweet Italian Sausage
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
1 large sweet onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
fresh basil, thyme and oregano leaves, chopped
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup red wine
1 -26.5 oz can spaghetti sauce (I used Del Monte)
salt and pepper
2 large yellow squash, sliced
fresh mozzarella, 1/2-inch sliced
fresh basil for garnish if desired

Cook the fettuccine al dente in a large pot, drain well and place back in the pot along with the butter (this is one of the few times I do this). Toss fettuccine to coat well and place in a large oblong casserole dish, set aside.

Remove casings from sausage and cut into random size pieces no larger than bite-size, some smaller. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet, or same pot, and add sausage. Cook until sausage is just brown on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon to paper lined plate to drain. Add onion and bell pepper cooking until softened. Remove to paper lined plate to drain. Wipe out any grease from skillet.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Toss the garlic in the skillet and cook for a minute until fragrant moving it around to keep from burning. Add the wine and bring to a boil cooking for a couple of minutes. Stir in the herbs, red pepper flakes and bay leaves. Stir in the spaghetti sauce and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the squash, cover and simmer another couple of minutes to thicken just a bit.

Remove bay leaves if desired and add the cooked sausage, onion and bell pepper into the sauce mixture. Spoon this on top of the fettuccine. Use a fork to lift the fettuccine up in places to distribute the sauce underneath a bit. Add the slices of mozzarella and push into the fettuccine.

Cover with foil and bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until hot. Remove foil and cook additionally if desired to brown any mozzarella. Sprinkle with chopped or torn basil leaves before serving.


  1. Oh Yum! That is my kind of meal. Pasta and sausage, deelicious. I wish I could come over now for lunch :) Enjoy your Sunday.

  2. I would diffinitely try this one with extra hot sausage... can you tell I like it hot hot hot? Have a great Sunday!

  3. Hey Drick, I don't have a recipe for this! I was thinking that you made pasta out of squash and I was like, wow! But this recipe is way better and actually do-able for a delicious pasta meal. I would like this with a green salad and garlic bread on the side, have a wonderful Sunday;-)

  4. This sounds really comforting. My type of food. :)

  5. Love this pasta dish with the sausage! Looks fab and easy, too. The big guys at my house would gobble this up! Thanks for the great recipe and have a wonderful week!

  6. Hoo Wee! I think I just figured out what I'm having for dinner. Looks delicious as usual, Drick. Next time I'm in your neck of the woods I am coming to your house for dinner. ;)

  7. I'm loving squash recipes! So much of it around. Pairing squash with sausage is such a winner. Many thanks!

  8. i love squash with pasta, they pair perfectly together and the addition of sausage only makes me enjoy this more! thanks for another great recipe!have a happy week!

  9. Your version sounds fabulous. I have got to find a good farm stand around here. It's in the top half of my to do list.

  10. Love pasta in the summer and this looks like an easy way to please the big hungry boys I have :)
    Hope your having a great week my friend!

  11. This was one of my favorite go-to dishes when the boys were young. Super easy and yummy!

  12. Mmm...looks very delicious. I should make this for parties. Would be easy to make big portions. Bake just before the guests arrive. I know my friends will like this. Thanks very much for sharing. Hope you are all well and have great fun with all your cooking there, Drick! I still wish I can cook like you. You always makes cooking sound so easy.

  13. So nuff does look pretty to me. Evry post you make sounds better than the last!

  14. finding this recipe is my luck. it is very yummy and perfect! I will make it this weekend for my special party. it is what i need


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