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Chef Nick Stellino: Easy Fall Cooking

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It may not feel like it, but fall is here. And what's better in fall then some yummy pasta! Emmy award winning chef Nick Stellino is here now to show us a pasta recipe from his new book!

Here's the recipe for what he made on Good Day LA today:

Pasta with Sausage & Butternut Squash
3 tablespoons DaVinci® 100% Pure Olive Oil, divided
1 pound Italian hot sausage
1 cup chopped onion
5 garlic cloves, thickly sliced
1 tablespoon chopped basil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
1 cup white wine
1½ cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into ½-inch dice
2½ cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons salt (optional)
1 pound DaVinci® pasta: sea shells, penne rigate or rigatoni
6 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (optional)
2 tablespoons softened butter         
Serves 6 to 8

Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a large skillet (12 inches), and cook over high heat for 2 minutes. Take the sausage out of the casing and add it to the hot oil. Cook for about 3 minutes until it browns. Using the back of a wooden spoon, break the sausage up into small, bite-size pieces while it is browning.

Turn off the heat. Using a slotted spoon, place the sausage in a bowl; cover and set aside. Keep about 1 tablespoon of the oil and fat left in the pan, and discard the rest.

Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan, and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, basil and sage, and cook for 4 minutes, stirring well, until the onion and garlic start to brown. (If you like it really spicy, add the optional ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes.)

Add the reserved sausage and cook for 2 more minutes, stirring well. Add the wine and deglaze the pan. Cook for 5 more minutes, stirring well to dislodge the brown bits at the bottom of the pan.

Add the diced butternut squash and cook for 2 minutes, stirring well.

Add the chicken stock, bring to a boil over high heat, and then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.

While the sauce is cooking, bring a large pot of water to a boil. (If you wish, add the optional 2 tablespoons of salt.) When the water reaches a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook according to the instructions on the package. When the pasta is cooked, drain it well in a colander over the sink. Pour the pasta back into the pot, add the sauce, and cook over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove the pan from the heat, add the optional Parmesan cheese and softened butter, and serve.


Nick Stellino is passionate about fashion. His identify as a trusted Public TV celebrity chef centers around his passion for cooking and desire to share his love for style, fashion, clothing, travel and good living and eating to his legion of fans.

His passion for great style begin as a young boy while living in Italy; he became obsessed with designer watches and has accumulated a number of limited edition pieces over the years to mark some major milestones in his life. He's also accumulated tailors from around the globe! He loves fine clothing and passionate about wearing quality clothing that fits his body and embodies his personal style.

Nick Stellino is the definition of a true Renaissance man. His Italian roots remain and are evident in the beautiful meals he puts together as well as the choices he makes when selecting his wardrobe.

Fun facts about Nick Stellino:

Latest series on PBS stations COOKING WITH NICK STELLINO, just premiere on Create TV (PBS digital) October 6, 2013.

One of the NBA's "Celebrity Chef" partners for its NBA Fit program

2013 Emmy Winner for his latest public television series, COOKING WITH NICK STELLINO; joining the ranks of other PBS chefs including Julia Child and Jacques Pepin

Nick's television series have been airing on PBS stations for 18 consecutive years. In 2015, Nick will celebrate 20 years on public television with a special TV series and significant marketing plan. We are currently in discussions with a number of companies about underwriting packages to support this series and partner with us on the "20th Anniversary" marketing campaign
July 2013 Chef Stellino launched his first gourmet food line, "Chef Stellino's Italian Selections." The product line is high-price point, quality products using all natural and imported ingredients from Italy 

Born in Palermo, Italy (Sicily), moved to the United States at 17 where he finished high school and completed college; worked as a top broker on Wall Street until he left behind a lucrative career to follow his passion for cooking

Multiple appearances on national daytime, news and talk shows including The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah. His latest appearance was July 2013 on fourth hour of "The Today Show" with Kathie Lee and Hoda:
Recently launched new website:

Founder of Nick Stellino Productions; Nick Stellino and Nick Stellino Productions has partnered quality businesses on campaign advertising, promotions, events, web sites, and marketing, including: Maurice Lacroix, Acqua Panna, S. Pelligrino,  Viking, Frigidaire, Electrolux , C & H, Domino Sugar,  DaVinci, and Analon

Published author of multiple cookbooks to support marketing efforts of his public television shows, including "Cooking with Nick Stellino" out now to support his new TV series.

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