Recipes

Butternut Squash, Sweet Sausage, Gnocchi and Sage

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 11:33 AM, November 30, 2016

Aired December 1, 2016

Serves 4

From Every Day With Rachael Ray, December 2016

Ingredients

1 butternut squash (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds)
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 links (about 1 1/2 pounds) fresh sweet sausage with fennel, casings removed
4 tablespoons butter
16 large fresh sage leaves
4 cloves garlic, crushed
Salt and pepper
About 1/4 teaspoon (a couple of pinches) freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup white wine
1 1/2 to 2 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 pounds fresh gnocchi
Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, for serving

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 475°F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the gnocchi.
 
Preheat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high.
 
Cut the neck off the squash; peel and cut into 1- to 1 1/2-inch cubes. Reserve the bulb portion to roast for another meal.
 
Add the olive oil to the skillet, two turns of the pan then add the sausage. Cook, stirring occasionally and breaking it up into bite-size pieces, until browned, about 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a bowl.
 
Add the butter to the skillet and melt then add the sage; cook until crispy and the butter browns, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sage to a paper towel.
 
Add the garlic to the skillet; stir until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Add the squash; season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Add the wine and cook, stirring often, until reduced a bit, about 1 minute. Add 1 1/2 to 2 cups stock, depending on how saucy you want the dish to be, and bring to a bubble. Add the reserved sausage then transfer skillet to the oven. Roast until the squash is tender, 12-15 minutes.
 
Salt the boiling water, add the gnocchi and cook until they float to the surface, about 3 minutes. Drain and toss with the squash and sausage sauce; season. Top with the sage leaves. Serve with the grated cheese for passing at the table.

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