It is officially stew season! Finally ????. I'm a huge stew person. Some people say soup season but I usually end up going the stew route: More yummy stuff, less liquid. This next recipe is definitely all about the yummy stuff. Spicy Autumn Sausage Butternut Squash Stew for the win!
It's been a blustery few days here in the Pacific Northwest, and I've been loving every minute of it! I'm legitimately a pluviophile. The rain just makes me so happy! However, my love of the rain has gotten me into a smidge of trouble. You guys are going to think this is SO ridiculous, it's embarrassing...I have to have one of those S.A.D lamps (Doctor's orders) because my sunlight absorption is so pitifully low ????????. And not just in winter, like aaallll the time. Pretty much every time I sit here at my computer, I have to turn it on.
Eh well. Small price to pay for living in my favorite drizzly city.
Aaaanyway, the point of that tangent was this: rainy, windy, chilly weather equals stew weather. Nothing like a nice, warm bowl of stew when it's pouring outside! For this particular recipe, I decided to combine my love of all things carbs, autumn, and spicy food. Ergo Spicy Autumn Sausage Butternut Squash Stew!
My absolute favorite thing about soups and stews? For the most part, they're "one pot wonders", where you can cook everything in one pot and call it a day. Easy cooking, easy clean up! Even this dish is a one pot meal; pasta goes in raw at the end and comes out perfectly al dente ????. It is going to soak up a lot of that tasty broth so make sure not to skimp not the liquid! It might seem like a ton with 8 cups but trust me, it disappears!
Also, I couldn't have a warm-me-up stew without a little heat ????. I used hot Italian pork sausage to kick it up a notch right away, plus a little cayenne powder and some chili pepper flakes. If you prefer your Spicy Autumn Sausage Butternut Squash Stew without the "spice" it's actually super easy to take out! Use mild Italian pork sausage instead, and simple omit the cayenne and chili flakes. Win win for everyone!
Now go get cozy this weekend with a bowl of steaming hot stew and enjoy the fall weather!Print