Butternut Squash, Sweet Sausage, Gnocchi, and Sage
This recipe originally appeared in Every Day With Rachael Ray and on the Rachael Ray Show.
- 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
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.