Make this super easy Butternut Squash and Sausage for a tasty sheet pan meal that’s simple to put together. Combine roasted squash with juicy, savory sausage for a delightful blend of flavors and textures.
With minimal prep and cleanup, this recipe is ideal for a quick and painless weeknight meal or a lazy weekend dish. Prepare a tasty and hearty meal without all the fuss!
💚 Why You'll Love This Recipe
Butternut squash is high in vitamin A and vitamin C, and contains potassium and fiber as well. When roasted, it becomes sweet and buttery, and tastes so good. I decided to pair it with the savory, salty flavor of Italian sausage and the combination was amazing!
This dish is really easy to make, especially if you buy the butternut squash already peeled and diced, which is what I do. It is worth it to me to pay a bit extra to have that part of the work already done!
If you can't get enough squash, make this Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe for an elegant and delicious dish! Or check out this Twice Baked Butternut Squash, combined with prosciutto, goat cheese, and shallots then topped with Gruyere cheese. Yum!
And if you love sheet pan dinners, try my One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs as well!
🧂 Ingredients Needed
- butternut squash - especially delicious in the fall, this filling and tasty squash is delicious when roasted or baked.
- olive oil - ensures your ingredients get nice and toasty in the oven.
- garlic salt - adds a pop of garlicky flavor.
- Italian sausage - for a slightly sweet and deliciously savory protein companion to your squash.
- red onion - provides additional flavor variation.
- Mix together the butternut squash, olive oil, and garlic salt in a large bowl.
- Spread squash onto a prepared baking tray in a single layer. If you don't have enough space, use two baking sheets. Roast the squash at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, finely dice the red onion.
- Chop the sausage into bite size pieces.
- Add sausage and onion to the trays with the squash. Roast for 15 minutes.
- Stir everything together and roast another 5-10 minutes, or until done.
If you can't find pre-cut squash, or you prefer to start with a whole squash and cut it up it yourself, click here for a tutorial on how to peel and dice it.
If you're looking to use this squash in more of your cooking, you're in luck! It pairs well with a wide variety of flavors! Pair it with savory proteins like bacon, sausage, beef, chicken, or nuts, season with yummy herbs like oregano, rosemary, sage, and thyme. You can also take it in the sweet and comforting direction by seasoning with cinnamon, brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, nutmeg, and cloves!
Not only is this squash super tasty, but it also has lots of nutritional value. It's packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fiber! Important to note is its high potassium content, which can help keep blood pressure at a healthy level!
💭 Expert Tips and Tricks
- Buy pre-sliced squash to make prep and absolute breeze.
- If you do slice your own squash, be sure to use a really sharp knife. This will actually help you prevent injuring yourself and make cutting the squash much easier.
📌 Make this smoked sausage and butternut squash for a super easy one-pan dinner! Everything roasts on the same baking sheet and requires minimal prep and only 5 ingredients. You'll love this hearty and comforting butternut squash entree recipe!
💡 Substitutions and Variations
- Italian sausage is a great protein for this dish. Use sweet or spicy, whatever you prefer.
- Kielbasa is a fantastic substitute for sausage. I've made it with both and they're slightly different in flavor but both turn out fantastic!
- Some butternut squash substitutes include Hubbard squash, sugar pumpkin squash, acorn squash, or a similar variety called buttercup squash.
- Feel free to add more seasonings to this dish for more flavor.
- Roast your squash alongside other vegetables for even more nutrition. Other root vegetables like carrots, beets, and turnips are great options. You can also try potatoes or sweet potatoes, white or yellow onions, or broccoli!
🔊 What readers are saying...
"Wow … is this a keeper! Made this last night from our stash of homegrown butternut stored in the basement. Followed recipe with the only exception as I do not have garlic salt so I used garlic powder and salt and pepper. I made sure to spread it out so that I had plenty of room to add the Kielbasa and onion later in the cooking process. We loved it. My husband ate all the leftovers for breakfast! Will make again soon as we have lots of butternut in storage!"
🥫 Storage and Reheating
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. To reheat, I recommend popping back into the oven at around 350 degrees. In the microwave, your squash and sausage might get soggy.
You can also freeze your leftovers for 6 months or more. Allow them to thaw in the fridge for a few hours or overnight before reheating.
🍴 What To Serve With This Dish
With protein and veggies, this butternut squash and sausage dish has everything you need for a full and healthy meal! However, you could pair it with Easy Air Fryer Broccoli or Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts for even more nutrition. If you're looking for something sweet to enjoy after your dinner, make these No Bake Cookie Dough Bars or a batch of decadent Snickers Bar Brownies!
✔️ More One Pan Recipes You'll Love
- Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs Dinner - This recipe makes a super easy one-pan dish that includes juicy chicken and roasted veggies for an entire meal in one dish!
- One Pot Meatball Stroganoff - You'll only need one pot to make this yummy dish, which requires minimal cleanup.
- One Pot Zucchini Mushroom Pasta - With earthy mushrooms and healthy zucchini, this pasta dish is a filling and nutritional one-pot dish that you'll never get tired of.
- Pork Chop and Asparagus Sheet Pan Dinner - This recipe from Modern Proper has everything you need for a classic and comforting dinner!
If you love sausage, you need to try this Chorizo al Vino recipe, which is chorizo in red wine. Scrumptious!
Kielbasa and Butternut Squash Recipe
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📋 Recipe Card
Sheet Pan Butternut Squash and Sausage
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, combine the diced butternut squash, olive oil, and garlic salt, and mix until coated.20 ounces diced butternut squash, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
- Spread the butternut squash on a baking sheet in a single layer. If your baking sheet is not large, use two baking sheets so that you will have room to add the onion and sausage later.
- Roast the squash for 20 minutes.
- Remove the baking sheets and stir the squash. Add the sausage and red onion to the baking sheets, return to the oven and roast for another 15 minutes.14 ounces Italian sausage, 1 cup diced red onion
- Stir and roast for another 5-10 minutes if needed.
- Serve over rice or on its own.
- I like to buy pre-diced butternut squash to save time. However, often the pieces are a little two large so I cut them in half before tossing with the olive oil and garlic salt.
- Use a very sharp knife to make slicing the sausage a bit easier (but be careful!).
- You can use sausage or kielbasa. I have done both and this recipe works well with either. Kielbasa is a little easier to work with when it comes to cutting into pieces.
Nutritional information is an estimate. The nutritional values for your final dish may vary based on measuring differences and products used.