Butternut Squash and Sage Sausage Sandwich

Butternut Squash and Sage Sausage Sandwich

My butternut squash and sage sausage (open) sandwich recipe makes use of a number of my very favourite ingredients. Now the rain has begun to roll in once more it seems appropriate to bring an element of comfort to lunchtime. This certainly is a hug on a slice.

When considering frugality, it is important to treat meat as something special; it should be showcased. Frugal this blog may be, but bad quality meat should be avoided at all costs. Instead, purchase the cheaper cuts of relatively expensive meat and prepare them in an economical way. Indeed, I’m always keen to stress the difference between ‘cheap’ and ‘frugal’; the latter can and does welcome the use of well-sourced ingredients. Remember, one sausage can go an awfully long way.

Sage and butternut squash are one of those perfect food combinations that are best revisited more than a few times each year. A very comforting pairing, sage and squash come into their own as the calendar moves swiftly into autumn and winter. The best way to convey their relationship in this recipe is to use a sage flavoured sausage. However, a little fresh sage incorporated into the smashed squash also works nicely.

Butternut Squash and Sage Sausage Sandwich

Serves 2


• 300g butternut squash, cubed

• 2-3 spring onions

• ½ tsp chilli flakes

• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

• 2 good-quality sage pork sausages

• 2 slices of white farmhouse or sourdough bread

• Salt and pepper


1. Rub the cubes of squash with 1 tbsp of the olive oil, sprinkle with salt and roast in the oven at 180C for 30 minutes until brown. Once cooked mash the squash together and mix in the remaining oil, chilli and spring onions – season well.

Butternut Squash and Sage Sausage Sandwich

2. Meanwhile, fry your sausages until cooked through. Spoon the squash mixture onto your bread, sprinkle with pepper. Halve the sausage and place on top, along with a sage garnish.

Butternut Squash and Sage Sausage Sandwich

Cost: Butternut squash is always cheap – you can often find them for as little as £1 each. Good quality sausages are a little dearer, though when used so sparingly they more than make up for their relative expense. Indeed, this lunchtime treat for two should set you back no more than around £2.50.

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37 comments on “Butternut Squash and Sage Sausage Sandwich

  1. cookinginsens
    September 13, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    That looks delicious, Frugal. Great idea!

  2. Sophia
    September 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    It’s definitely still too hot in Rome for this kind of food although I am keeping my fingers crossed it won’t be long now as mornings and evenings have definitely become a bit chilly. Once things are colder overall I would love to tug into this kind of open sandwich – I always think sage is a tricky ingredient but works so well with something sweet, like squash. Brilliant photos too, hugely inviting!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks! IT’s getting very chilly here – a little too soon perhaps. I adore sage, though it is very powerful.

  3. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    September 13, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    What a fabulous lunch. Yum!

  4. Sibella at bakingwithsibella.com
    September 13, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I sure would like this sandwich for my lunch today! 🙂

  5. Georgina
    September 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    This looks wonderful. And just perfect for this autumnal weather. Off to buy some sausages now…!

  6. Patch
    September 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Oooooo that looks good…. So hungry now!

  7. Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    September 13, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    This looks like a delicious fall lunch. I love butternut squash.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm

      IT was exactly that – it’s getting cold in Britain!

  8. Ange - Tall, Short and Tiny
    September 13, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    A hug on a slice! Sounds perfect for a dreary wintery day…pity we’re coming into spring and summer in this part of the world (not really a pity at all, except for the absence of an excuse to try this!) 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 18, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Exactly! You can have this year round 😀

  9. Wendy
    September 13, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I plan to try this tomorrow, have never had a sandwich like that, many thanks

  10. TheDorsetFinca
    September 14, 2013 at 7:42 am

    This looks the business!

  11. Chica Andaluza
    September 14, 2013 at 10:59 am

    It’s a grey old day up our mountain and I haven’t had breakfast yet – this would be perfect right now!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      I’m sure it would. There’ll be a paprika post soon 😀

  12. Conor Bofin
    September 14, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Very nice Nick. Great use of light too. Good to have you back in my feed. You have been missing for a couple of months.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      IT’s good to be back, Conor. I wonder where I went…

  13. givememeatloaf
    September 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    This looks delicious. Beautiful photography also!

  14. Veronica Sheppard
    September 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    I might want to give this a try with veggie sausage, your photos are so appetizing!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 18, 2013 at 9:19 pm

      Thanks, Veronica – I hope you enjoy it.

  15. Rebecca
    September 16, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Looks super yum! I love butternut and sage!

  16. Francesca
    September 16, 2013 at 10:14 am

    This combination looks fantastic.. I know my next snack!

  17. taplatt
    September 16, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Sounds great, and it seems like the squash mash could even stand alone or as a tasty side dish.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 18, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      Oh it does – I have a similar sweet potato recipe on here actually.

      • taplatt
        September 19, 2013 at 9:45 am

        Anything sweet potato is fine with me!

  18. emily
    September 30, 2013 at 4:03 am

    The hole in my heart may never be filled if these sammies don’t make it onto my meal planner for this week. (Now if only I had a meal planner…) So tasty!

  19. bumbleblue17
    October 13, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    One word – yummy! Going to try this for sure x

  20. whilehewasout
    November 12, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Interesting combo – I could imagine it both cold and warm actually, for breakfast or dinner…. lovely!

    • frugalfeeding
      November 21, 2013 at 10:58 am

      You’re right – it would be perfect for both!

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