After a summer of tomatoes and zucchini, we're ready to dive into this autumnal twist on pasta with sausage and vegetables, which will be a revelation for anyone who's used to seeing butternut squash only in soups. The dish stars the sweet, tasty, cool-weather staple in an unexpected way: You cook cubes of it with sweet Italian sausage, onion and sage; then add a creamy, buttery sauce, penne and a big bunch of peppery arugula, which wilts when you mix it in with the hot ingredients. There are so many flavors and textures in this hearty bowl, yet everything works so well together. Plus, you don't need to serve anything with it—except, that is, plenty of grated Parmesan cheese.
Get the recipe: Penne with Sausage and Butternut Squash