Sunday, March 6, 2011

Fast and Easy Butternut Squash Chili

At least something in the kitchen went right this weekend (not the flopped biscuits!)

This is my absolute favorite chili recipe.  My family loves it, it has incredible flavor, and it's so quick and easy!  It's adapted (quite a bit) from a recipe from Better Homes and Gardens.

1 lb. bulk Italian sausage
12 oz cooked winter squash, mashed with a fork (the original recipe called for frozen, but I love fresh butternut)
1 cup salsa
2 cups white beans
1 cup water

Brown sausage in pot (I use my 5 qt. stockpot).
Add remaining ingredients.
Bring to a boil, them simmer for 10 minutes.
Marvel at how quick and easy that was!

I have to admit, this chili has saved my dinner-making reputation more than once.

What are your favorite go-to "Whoops, I forgot to start dinner...what should we have?" recipes?

Posted at Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist, the Hearth and Soul Hop at A Moderate Life,  Grain Free Tuesday Domestically Divine at Far Above RubiesReal Food Wednesday at Kelly the Kitchen Kop, and Pennywise Platter Thursday at The Nourishing Gourmet


  1. I like your new header. This chili sounds yummy, I'll have to give it a try. :)

  2. Thanks, Stacia! I am becoming good friends with Paint. :) I hope you enjoy the chili. Levi raves about it.

  3. This sounds yummy! I love a nice easy chili... yum.
    My go-to meal? Waffles.
    These waffles:
    My husband can't get enough of them. It's a rare treat to watch my husband gobble down food.
    Made for family and company alike to rave reviews! They are super yummy.

  4. Danielle,
    I just cooked a bunch of butternut squash this weekend and froze it sooo I will have to make the soup!

  5. Ooh, thanks for the link, Valerie! I will have to give those a try. The real test of a good recipe is the husband-test, isn't it? :)

    Coe, I hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Danielle, I love getting ideas for new recipes. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Far Above Rubies, thanks for stopping by!

  8. Oh wow, this sounds super simple, and I love the way the sweetness of the squash offsets the spicier flavors. Genius. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  9. Chili and spaghetti are are whoops go to meals - I add frozen chunks of butternut squash to mine - that I cooked and froze in icecube trays but I have never made it a major player - this sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop!

  10. Made this tonight for dinner, it was delicious! Thanks for the quick and easy recipe.

  11. Andy, I'm so glad you enjoyed it - we had it for dinner too!

  12. Hello Danielle,

    It's Michal's mom:o) Seen your recipe and had all the ingredients on hand and even though it didn't sound very good to me - I tried it and it was delicious.


  13. Hi, Ann! So glad you enjoyed the recipe. :) I have lots of happy cooking memories from your house! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.


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