Butternut Squash, Sausage and Apple Skillet

gluten freemeat & poultry
Butternut Squash Rice, Sausage, Apple and Pecan Stuffing

This one pan skillet dish is perfect for your Thanksgiving gathering or an Autumn meal. Spiralized butternut squash and apple are beautiful in this easy, weeknight dinner or Thanksgiving side dish.

Butternut Squash Rice, Sausage, Apple and Pecan Stuffing

I’m a big fan of the one pan recipes, especially during the holidays, because I hate cleanup. This one pan, easy weeknight dinner is exactly that – it cooks quickly, all in the same pan, and is packed with flavor and nutrients.

You can enjoy this skillet meal as a side dish around the holidays or just as an fall or winter inspired meal for the family. You can use spiralized sweet potatoes instead of spiralized butternut squash, but don’t skip the spiralized apples – they give this dish just the hint of sweetness it needs.

Butternut Squash Rice, Sausage, Apple and Pecan Stuffing

Classic stuffing flavors like thyme, celery, and crunchy pecans give this dish a Thanksgiving vibe, but it’s fit for any day of the year.

You can also use any type of sausage you’d like – turkey sausage, chicken sausage would work really well here, too. I like Italian fennel sausage because it gives the skillet a richer flavor, but if you want something lower in fat, substitute in a different sausage.

And if you’re vegetarian, you can substitute in lentils, quinoa, farro, brown rice, or even tofu.

Butternut Squash Rice, Sausage, Apple and Pecan Stuffing

Watch our video to learn how to spiralize an apple using the Inspiralizer and subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch more videos:

Nutritional Information & Recipe


Butternut Squash, Sausage and Apple Skillet

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 celery ribs diced
  • ½ cup diced yellow or white onion
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 3 sweet Italian sausage links decased
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped pecans
  • 1 large butternut squash peeled, Blade C, noodles trimmed
  • 1 Gala apple Blade C
  • ½ cup shredded parmesan or Gruyere cheese or mild cheddar


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place a large, deep skillet over medium heat and add in the olive oil. Once oil heats, add in the garlic, celery, onion, thyme and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the vegetables soften and then push to the side of the skillet and add in the sausage, breaking it up with a wooden spoon and cook until it’s no longer pink, about 6-7 more minutes.
  • Add in the butternut squash. Stir to combine and cook for 2 minutes to let the butternut squash start to heat through.
  • Meanwhile, spiralize the apple on Blade C.
  • Fold in the apple noodles and pecans, stir once more and then top with the cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes or until butternut squash is no longer crunchy.

Butternut Squash Rice Sausage, Apple and Pecan Stuffing

New to spiralizing? Grab your FREE eBook with our 20 Most Popular Blog Recipes!

Have a spiralizer and not sure where to start?How about making our fool-proof, most popularly made recipes from the blog? In this printable PDF eCookbook you’ll find photos and full recipes of our readers’ favorites to get you started!

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Leave a Comment

Want to share a photo of what you’ve made? Be sure to click the 'Choose file' button below to add your photos!

Recipe Rating

The maximum upload file size: 300 MB. You can upload: image. Drop file here


Mackenzie says:
That looks delicious!
Rita says:
This sounds great, and not just for Thanksgiving! I think I will try it with chicken sausage to reduce the fat content. Also, will probably leave out the parmesan (don't tell my husband, the cheese addict!)
Those are great adjustments! Chicken sausage would be delicious here too - and the parm really isn't needed (just an extra savory taste!)
Gigi says:
I love butternut squash! Great idea for Thanksgiving!
jonette says:
I'm definitely going to try this as I have ( and love) all the ingredients used! Yum!
Sarah T says:
Looks delicious and flavorful!
Kathleen Schasch says:
This looks fabulous!
Lisa B says:
I would choose the Joy to the World foil art.
Cory W. says:
This recipe looks terrific! I cannot wait to try it!
Allison says:
Is there a way to order just a replacement blade rather than a new spiralizer? I also lost my blade C!
Jonelle Garzanelli says:
Which one is blade C?
Go to the How To page!
You can contact the manufacturer and ask - I am unsure!
Joan says:
Looks and sounds fabulous. Can't wait to try it. Also can't wait for your cookbook to come out.
Joan - it's now available for preorder!
Alyson says:
This sounds delicious. Any thoughts on prepping in advance and heating in the oven? Or maybe preparing everything through step 3, ricing the squash and setting all that aside the day before. Then heating the sausage mixture on Thanksgiving and proceeding with step 4? Thanks!
Yes, that would definitely all work - you can do all the prep except for baking in the oven!
alysonbagley@msn.com says:
Thanks, Ali! I've been thinking a lot about you and my neglected Spiralizer lately. I want to focus on getting more veggies into my (and my kids') life, and I think Inspiralizing may be the way to go! I'm glad I have your site as a resource! Happy Thanksgiving!
Alicia says:
Sounds delicious! I'd send some happy new year's cards from minted!
Melody says:
I would buy some Christmas cards :)
Monalisa says:
It looks so good! can't wait to give it a try!
Megan says:
I'm going to try this as an entree, but with sweet potato instead of the squash and venison sausage instead of the pork. Will let you know how it turns out!
tucsonsue says:
I tried this for Thanksgiving instead of a typical stuffing. Taste was excellent, but preparation was time consuming.
It's definitely time consuming, but I'm glad it was worth the time! :)
christine says:
I just made this as the main course for dinner (using a combo of andouille and spicy chicken sausage for the sausages and goat cheese instead of parmesan because it's what I had), and it was SO GOOD! My boyfriend said we should add it to the regular rotation and that "it's so great to have all the fall flavors without it being heavy." I wish I could go back to Thanksgiving and make this - next year! Thank you!! (I also CANNOT WAIT for your cookbook!)
Yayyy! My favorite part is that your boyfriend wants to add it to the regular rotation. Give him a hug for me! :)
Laura Nugent says:
I just made this for dinner recently and it was a big hit. Loved the flavor combinations! And while the prep does have a bunch of steps, it still came together pretty quickly.
Amy says:
First, Happy Holidays! Second, I have been put in charge of bringing 2 spiralized side dishes to Christmas. This one looks great! Do you think I can make it ahead of time and then reheat it or make it ahead of time but bake it once we get to our destination?
You can make it ahead of time! Happy Holidays to you too :)
Sharon says:
I just purchased a spiralizer and love it. Have made zucchini noodles (hot and cold). My husband has enjoyed all the different recipes I have made so far! This recipe looks great for a main course!
Mark says:
I made the butternut squash, apple, sausage stuffing with pecans yesterday, I really was troubled over how to spiralize apples without having to pick out the seeds and core pieces, I also do not like apple peels but I knew I could peel the apple before spiralizing so I just need to figure out how to work around the core and seeds. A while back I purchased a Good Grips apple corer and I decided it was worth a try. I used this to core the apple, then I peeled the apple and placed it on my spiralizer. I had to hold it in place until I brought the pusher/turner part up and stuck the spikes into the apple, it worked like a charm as long as you keep pressure on the apple it stays in place, no seeds or nasty core remnants in your food to pick out or worry about a guest having to discreetly spit into a napkin. Maybe someone has already tried this or suggested this but I was pretty happy it worked for me. The dish was awesome as well, so full of flavor.
Suhailah says:
Oh man that looks amazing!!!! I wish I had seen this before I made stuffing this year, but no reason I can't make later with a nice bowl of soup. Thanks for the share
Carol says:
Question: What do you think about adding a bit of Nutritional Yeast instead of the parmesan? I can't have the cheese, but love the flavor.
Meaghan says:
That would work great to keep the cheesy flavor in there!
Hillary says:
Any idea about how many cups of rice 1 butternut squash would produce? I have a bunch in my freezer but didn't write down how much squash made the rice...... silly me!! (and yes i'm already testing thanksgiving recipes)
Karen says:
Is the butternut squash supposed to be riced or left as noodles? The recipe references rice but the photo looks like noodles - unless those are the apples....
John says:
This recipe looks just gorgeous! I can't wait to make it! Apple rings look very unusual. I am happy to show this recipe to my students at the culinary school!
Becca says:
I have some Green Giant spiralized butternut in the freezer, should I thaw that first? Thanks!!
Carly Glazer says:
Hi Becca! Yes, thaw your noodles and then use them as outlined in the recipe!
Becca says:
Thank you! It worked great, only complaint was that we could’ve used a second package to bulk the meal up a little more, otherwise the taste was excellent!
Sam Roberts says:
This recipe looks just gorgeous! I can't wait to make it! Apple rings look very unusual. I am happy to show this recipe to my students at the culinary school!
Meaghan says:
That would be fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing the love!

Latest on Inspiralized

Subscribe to Inspiralized

Subscribe to one or all of our newsletters for amazing
recipes, inspirational content + our most popular recipe PDF.

  • Weekly Recap
  • Kidsletter
  • Products + Sales

air fried shrimp tacos with pineapple mango salsa and guacamole, another meal made fully from a @wholefoods shop! 🌮🍍🥑🍤⁣

~ corn tortillas⁣
~ guacamole⁣
~ pineapple & mango salsa (fresh prepared foods)⁣
~ sliced red cabbage (pre-sliced container)⁣
~ @sirkensingtons chile lime crema⁣
~ cleaned & deveined shrimp ⁣
~ panko breadcrumbs ⁣

preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees. dredge the shrimp in egg and dip in panko (toss the panko with paprika, onion, chili, & garlic powder, salt, and cumin.) add in a single layer to the air fryer and cook for 7-10 minutes, flipping halfway through (they’re done when golden brown and C-shaped.) spread some guacamole on the tortillas and top with shrimp, cabbage tossed with juiced lime, pineapple mango salsa, and drizzle with the bottled crema. easy peasy! 👏🏼 ⁣

what’s your favorite easy weeknight taco combo? 🌮 #inspiralizedwholefoodsmealideas

super easy lunch idea, made (almost) entirely from the freezer and 100% from @wholefoodsmarket, so next time you go there to shop, grab the following items and make this Teriyaki Tofu and Pepper Riced Cauliflower Stir Fry👇🏼👇🏼

~ frozen riced cauliflower, stir fry style⁣
~ frozen three pepper blend (sliced bell peppers)⁣
~ organic teriyaki sauce⁣
~ @wildwoodfoods teriyaki baked tofu⁣
~ for garnish: white sesame seeds, red pepper flakes⁣

heat a tablespoon of neutral oil in a medium skillet. add the bag of riced cauliflower and sauté until softened to your preference (about 5 minutes for rice-like, IMHO.) set the cauliflower aside in a bowl. add a couple handfuls of bell pepper strips and half the package of tofu, cubed. pour over some teriyaki sauce (I use about 1/3 cup), stir, and let cook until peppers are totally soft, another 3 to 5 minutes. top the riced cauliflower with the teriyaki tofu and peppers. garnish with sesame seeds and red pepper flakes. enjoy!⁣ 🥡

do you like easy meal ideas like this from specific grocery stores? 🤔 I'll start a hashtag for them - this one will be #inspiralizedwholefoodsmealideas

probably my favorite part of parenthood is seeing life through my children’s’ eyes. everything is new and they live a life of exciting discovery. and nothing beats the merriment of Christmastime! 🎄🎅🏻 luca and roma had a blast ice skating today in NYC - luca got the hang of it quickly and he loved pushing roma on the little plastic bear seats they had at @rinkatbrookfieldplacenyc. ⛸❄️ the twins were angels and slept the whole time, so I could be present with my older kids. 👼🏻👼🏻

and we’re building a holiday bucket list calendar, what should we add to it (aside from meeting santa? 😉)

cauliflower and carrot masala, totally normal meal on thanksgiving eve, right? 😅🥄

tomorrow we’re going to my BIL’s to hang out with Lu’s side of the family, and I’m excited to see everyone (it’s been YEARS!) and have the kids spend time with their cousins, aunts and uncles 🙏🏼

for the curry, simmer cauliflower, carrots, a jar of @mayakaimalfoods, and 2 cups of @bonafideprovisions veggie broth in a large pot for 20 minutes or until thickened to your preference. add cooked lentils, stir, and serve with jasmine rice, chutney and toasted naan. easy 30 minute meal 👏🏼 not exactly thanksgiving-friendly, but worth a share!

safe travels today and tomorrow and wishing everyone a safe and happy thanksgiving 🦃 I’m so grateful for you