Sausage and butternut squash pizzoccheri

Pizzoccheri are an Italian buckwheat pasta typically of the mountain area to the North of Milan. They are traditionally boiled with potatoes and green and served oozing with oodles of butter and cheese. They are delicious! And incredibly heavy. I have them once or twice a year in the traditional version and spend the rest of the year shedding those 300lb I gain eating them 😉

But pizzoccheri are quite delicious in a number of ways. A great paring is with pumpkin or squash. There is something about the sweetness of squash that goes great with the heartiness and slight bitterness of pizzoccheri and the sausage gives it a bit more decadence.

Sausage and butternut squash pizzoccheri

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Sausage and butternut squash pizzoccheri


  • 5oz. pizzoccheri
  • 1 sausage
  • 1/2 butternut squash
  • rosemary
  • garlic
  • salt


  1. Start boiling the water in a large pot. While you wait for it to boil clean and dice the squash. When the water starts boiling salt it, and then add the squash and the pizzoccheri. They will take about 15 to 20 minutes to cook.
  2. While the pizzoccheri and the squash are boiling, cook the diced sausage with some rosemary and a crushed clove of garlic in a non stick pan. Don't worry about adding fats, the sausage will render plenty of fat, no need for any additional fat.
  3. When the pasta and the squash are ready, drain them and sautee everything together quickly. Serve hot.

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7 Responses to Sausage and butternut squash pizzoccheri

  1. Ooh this looks fab! Thanks for linking up to my blog hop! Pinned 🙂

  2. Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Although I like Italian food I guess I have a lot to learn. I've never heard of Pizzoccheri before and from your description sounds delicious. Sausages give nice flavor and squash will suck up all the yumminess. Hmmm this looks good!

  3. Sandra says:

    I made Pizzoccheri once last year and even though they were not with original cheese as a topping it was sooo good anyway! Love your version, very creative using squash! Fantastic recipe!

  4. says:

    I've never heard of pizzoccheri before, but now I'm curious. Can you find them locally? Or, can they be ordered online? Sausage and squash sound like the perfect accompaniment.

  5. Nuts about food says:

    I had a huge plateful of the original recipe just last Sunday. Delicious…and yes, very fattening. This looks like a great solution.

  6. Curry and Comfort says:

    Yes.. now that's a great combo. My husband and son would love it mainly because they love sausage. 🙂 I also wanted to mention that you have an award at my blog dated 11-22 (Cranberry Chutney post). 🙂 I hope you and your family are having a wonderful Thanksgiving. 🙂

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